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College Prep Planning Tips

Books Are Expensive!
In high school, most books were provided for free, but in college, students are expected to purchase all of their own books. This is a big expense that is often left out of the budget, so use your resources to find the best prices.

One of the first new experiences in college is often related to having a roommate.  Some roommates become life-long friends, but this is not always the case.  Make sure that "you" are a good roommate too.  

Go To Class 
This seems like a simple idea, but many new students have so much "fun" that they spend more time at parties then in class.  If you do not go to class, you will be going home sooner than you think.   

Study, Study, Study
Even the smartest students realize that success in college requires an investment in time.  Make time to study - think of your classes as your job and work hard to be successful.

Your Education 
Your education is your responsibility, so go to class, do your homework, make time to study, meet with your professor, and do your best.   

Spend your money wisely.  Create a budget and stick to it.  Do not apply for credit cards.

Your Health
The "Freshman 15" may become your reality unless you watch what you eat (and drink)  and stay active.  It's ok to eat pizza once in awhile, but it shouldn't be an everyday thing. Remember to eat your veggies and to find a way to exercise each day.   

Some colleges do not allow first-year students to have a car on campus. If you do take your car, be prepared to pay for parking, gas, and regular maintenance. 

Shower shoes, towels, sheets (Extra-long for dorm beds), pillow, blankets, hangers, small toolkit, laundry supplies, desk lamp, personal hygeine items, cleaning supplies 

Did You Know?
College Q&A

Why are writing skills so important?

Many students overlook the importance of practicing their writing skills while they are still in high school. Why is this such a big deal? Most college applications require students to include an essay or a personal statement, so a student's writing skills may determine whether their application is accepted or rejected.

As more and more students "perfect" their ACT and SAT scores and earn sky-high GPAs, the application essay becomes more important to admissions officers because it gives them a glimpse of the student's personality.  So, make sure to dedicate some time to improving your writing skills as part of your college prep planning.

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