Calling All High School Graduates

Congratulations to all the graduating high school seniors! You made it! Although it’s quite a relief to finally be done with high school, many of you only have a few months before heading off to college in the fall.

We have put together some tips to help you plan for your next adventure.

  • Build Relationships Right Away:
    • If you have been assigned a random roommate, reach out to them! Introduce yourself and get to know them. Make sure to ask them about their preferences, study habits, sleep schedule and even what they have already purchased for the room, so you know what to buy. It helps to establish this rapport right away so that your year will go smoothly.
    • It also helps to get in contact with a current student. The girl leading my freshmen orientation took me under her wing and gave me advice about so many things I wasn’t even thinking about. These students already know where to find the best deals on food, the best activities, where you can have fun, and so much more. It helps to get the inside scoop from a student who has been at your university.
  • Look Into Your Major’s Requirements:
    • If you already know what degree you want to pursue, it’s a smart idea to look into class requirements for your major and/or minor. If you don’t know what you want to study, get your hands on the undergraduate catalog to browse the options. Doing this will help you eliminate options you don’t want to pursue or maybe even spark a new interest.
  • Utilize All the Student Discounts Possible:
    • Trust me, there’s more than you think. College is expensive, but finding those discounts can save you on everyday purchases. Do some research about the city and campus, or visit our College Students Only board on the Educators Pinterest page to find some great opportunities to save money.
  • Tackle Your Student Loans:
    • It’s crucial to make sure that you are looking for the best way to pay for college. Do your research, ask the advice of others who you trust and make the decision that is best for you as an individual.
    • If you need to take out a student loan, start applying as soon as possible. This is the most likely way to ensure you have the money you need for the semester. Don’t forget, you need to apply for student loans each semester before the semester starts, it’s not something that magically appears at school for you.
    • Did you know that Educators’ can help you pay for college? It’s hard to bridge the gap between scholarships, grants and federal loans and the actual cost of attending college. That’s why we teamed up with LendKey to make paying for college easy and repayment as painless as possible.

Do you have any tips to help others prepare for college? Leave us a comment below!