Five Things to Do During Summer Break Before College

Hello! Are you enjoying your summer break so far?

I finished my sophomore year at Iowa State, and this is the first summer that I’m spending in Ames completing an internship. It’s totally different from spending the summer with my parents in my hometown, Cedar Falls.

If you’re about to start your freshman year this fall, or this is your last summer that you get to spend in your hometown for a while, here are some things you definitely should do before coming to Ames for the school year:

Have a get-together with your closest high school friends. While it’s totally possible to stay in contact and meet throughout the school year, it’s hard to find a time when all of your friends are free on the same day and in the same town when you guys separate for college. Have a bonfire, throw a party, anything! Take this opportunity to get together as a group, because it might not be until the next holiday that you guys can do it again!

Revamp your wardrobe. Chances are, you probably have too many clothes and can’t take them all to your dorm room. Not only that, but you probably have a lot of clothes from your childhood that don’t fit you anymore, or don’t fit your style anymore. Now is a great time to clean out your wardrobe, treat yourself to some new clothes, and start fresh for college!

Plan a staycation. Now is the time to indulge in what you love about your hometown. A fun way to do this is to get with your friends or your family and plan out things to do together. Eat at your favorite hometown restaurants. Go to your favorite coffee shop with your parents. Visit your favorite stores, go look at your favorite outdoor scenery, go to your hometown pool, or whatever it is that you loved about your hometown. It might not be until Thanksgiving or winter break until you can freely visit your favorite places again! My personal favorite place was the hiking trails.

Contact your roommate(s). Better yet, meet up with them if you live close to each other! Things will be a lot easier if you’ve already talked with your roommate(s) when you move in. It’s good to get to know each other, learn about each others’ living habits, and become closer as friends. It’s also important to know who’s bringing what to the dorm room or apartment. Is one of you bringing the microwave while the other brings the mini-fridge? Do you guys want to invest in a couch or a TV?

Learn how to do your laundry, wash your dishes, vacuum, or any other chores that you’re not used to doing. I’m not kidding when I say I met tons of people during my freshman year who were now having to do their own laundry for the first time. There’s no shame in that! Just be prepared to start doing them.

Summer is a great time to do all the things you won’t have time for during the semesters. If you didn’t already have a list of things you wanted to do, hopefully this will help you. Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation, and look forward to a great school year!

Good luck!

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