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You Got Accepted to Your #1 College! Now What?

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CollegeXpress Student Writer
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2019

Congratulations! You just got into the college of your dreams (or your budget) and have paid your deposit. Now you don’t have to stress anymore—relax, breathe easy, and…oh, wait. There’s still an overwhelming number of things that need to be done before you get to campus. But where do you start?

Keep up the good work

For starters, keep studying! Colleges really do look at your final transcript and take it into heavy consideration, especially if you were offered a merit-based scholarship. If you let senioritis take over and your grades slip, it could result in a lot of financial stress.

Apply, apply, apply (for scholarships)

Speaking of financial stress…scholarships! Now that you got into your dream school, this opens a whole new category of school-specific scholarships. Don’t just limit your search to the college’s website—get in touch with your major’s program director. They might have information on scholarships you can apply for or put some sophomore, junior, and senior year scholarships on your radar. Also, keep tabs on scholarship websites such as CollegeXpress.com. Scholarships have deadlines that go well into the summer, so it’s never too late to get started!

Related: 60 of the Weirdest College Scholarships

Shop ’til you drop

Start buying your off-to-school essentials now! In most cases, going to college means living in a dorm, which means you need to stock up on necessities. This includes bigger things like a minifridge and a microwave plus smaller things like a comforter and desk essentials. If you spread out your purchases over the next few months, it saves the stress of one ginormous and expensive shopping spree. But make sure you check with your roommate and your college’s residence life office before buying big-ticket items—some things may already be supplied or aren’t allowed in your room (which can save yourself some money).

Related: 10 Things You Should NOT Bring to College

Connect with your roomie

If you don’t already have a roommate, start looking for one now! The earlier you start connecting, the better the relationship you’ll have with your roomie when you finally get to your dorm. Some schools have Facebook groups, or some use a separate system where you set up an account or use a private messaging system organized by the school.

Related: How College Roommate Selection Really Works

It’s super important when looking for a roommate that you are completely honest with yourself. Everyone says they’re super neat, but come on: How often do you really clean your room? How would you feel if your roommate promised they would be clean, then don’t pick up their laundry for three months? Being upfront with those kinds of things will make your future living situation a whole lot better.

Research your new home

Become familiar with the area you’re going to live in. Look for safe ways to and from the dorms, find recreational activities that are popular in the surrounding town, and research the weather. If you go to a school that normally has hot and humid weather, you don’t want to be stuck with just sweaters when you pack for college.

Related: Accepted: How to Find Your Place on Your College Campus

Again, congratulations! Take time to celebrate your major accomplishment with your family—and then tackle this to-do list.

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About Zia Sampson

Zia Sampson

I am currently a first-year student at Loyola University New Orleans, where I'm majoring in Mass Communications, both Strategic Communications and Journalism, and minoring in Sociology. I'm in the University Honors Program and the Social Justice Scholars Program. In my free time, I like to watch Netflix, sleep, and read. I am a big animal lover, with four cats and two dogs, and I have two older brothers and a twin sister. You can follow me on Twitter @ZiaSampson.

 

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