Yayyy, welcome back to PART TWO of the post I started last week! As the oldest in my family, I really wanted to get a handle on how to have a great college life and I really did find some of these things useful to do the summer before entering college. I hope you guys feel the same.
1) It’s always helpful to think ahead a bit. Don’t stress yourself out, you have plenty of time to have profound thinking sessions. But what exactly do you want to do in life? What are you passionate about? What are your goals for the future? Sure, everyone wants to get rich but exactly how can you set yourself apart from other candidates in job interviews? Like I said, this is nothing to stress yourself out about. One of my favorite parts about Loyola is that the staff here help you progress on your own path in your own time. Just keep these questions somewhere in your subconscious!
2) Going off of preparing for your future, you should look into classes that you’ll be taking for your major. Or if you’re undecided, you can explore options on the Career Development Center website or look at the different CORE classes that you might want to take.
3) One thing that a lot of people don’t know about Loyola is that you can’t take any classes outside of Loyola once you start your freshmen year. Unless the course is not offered at Loyola during the summer, you cannot take classes at your nearby community college. I’m not sure how it works for out-of-state students but this is a general rule. So if you’re bored, take PSYC 101 or some introductory level course at your local community college this summer and get ahead!
4) July is a good time to start ordering books. Keep in mind that all professors don’t actually use the textbooks that are listed on Locus so you might want to email them ahead of time and politely ask. While I love Loyola, I cannot deny that the bookstore is quite pricey. Amazon is my go to place but there are so many other textbook rental/sales places online to get books so look around before you click confirm on the order!
5) Here’s something that you might not think about. Memorize your social security number! While usually you only need to know the last 4 digits for different occasions, my Psych prof asked us to put our last 5 digits down for identification on tests and I had no idea what it was…oops!
6) If you don’t have one already, it might be a good idea to get a credit/debit card. Keep in mind that you’ll be living in the city though. I only went shopping like twice but even then I spent wayyy too much each trip. I recommend having a debit card on hand or cash instead of a credit card if you’re a shopaholic like me. Remember that you’ll need to start keeping track of your expenses since you’ll be living on your own. Read more