Need to catch up on the Before You Kick the Kettle blog? Click here to see all Jaela’s posts for upperclassmen. Follow the series as she explains what needs to be experienced before leaving the LUC family!
Need to catch up on all of the Freshmen 101 posts? Click here to read all of Dina’s tips about being a freshman at Loyola. From roommates to ramblin’ around campus, Dina will give you the deets on all you need to know before your first year at LUC!
Still feeling a little anxious about this upcoming year? Excited? Below I’ve listed some recommendations of things to do the summer before college! In fact, I have so many that I’ve split this topic into two separate posts. So make sure to check back for Freshmen 101: What to Do the Summer Before College–Part 2!
1) LEARN HOW TO COOK! I cannot stress this enough. I’m currently learning the hard way how not knowing how to cook is a struggle in college. I currently eat packaged sushi or ice cream for dinner. Healthy? Not so much. The meal plan will save you for your first two years but after that, you’re kind of on your own.
2) Figure out your professional email account: Organize your emails and figure out which email you want to use to send important messages to (like school and bank stuff). When you give your email out on different websites or for some solid deals, use a different email so that you don’t have to go through a lot of clutter just to find something important. Every Loyola student gets a luc.edu email so I recommend using this one, but you can do whatever you would like!
3) Take care of your cell phone business! Want to start off college fresh? Upgrade your phone! Or at least, save these important numbers:
- Campus Safety: 773-508-6039
- From opening locked doors to reporting different issues, this is the number to call when you need some serious help.
- Dial-A-Nurse: 773-508-8883
- If you’re feeling really sick and don’t know what to do, call this number for a Loyola nurse to talk you through it!
- 8-Ride: 773-508-7433
- Perfect for a late night studying out at the library, call this number and a Loyola employee will pick you up and drop you back off at your dorm!
- Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line: 773-494-3810
- It is just like the title implies. You never know when you might be needing this number.
4) Learn College Lingo: One important to thing to know right off the bat is that you can’t go around calling your college educators teachers. They may hold a special doctorate degree and calling them a teacher instead of professor might devalue their hard work. Click here for a great website to learn some college lingo!
5) Clean out your social media: Unfriend those people you added just to creep on or because they were cute. Rid yourself of people/things you follow that might create a bad impression of you for future employers or professionals looking you up. Here’s a video that is worth checking out!
6) Kind of going off of that, create some professional accounts on social media. A LinkedIn account is essential to any college student interested in getting an internship or a job offer. Read more