3 Tips for Incoming Freshman Procrastinators

As an incoming freshman and the oldest of four, I had a lot of worries this summer about what I should do to be completely ready for my first semester of college. Considering the only thing I did early was early action, I had a lot of loose ends to tie up. Here are three things I learned while preparing to start school for everyone starting a little (or a lot) late!

Pro Tips for Procrastinating Incoming College Freshmen (freshman)

Submit all of your paperwork!

Deadlines are closing in, and it feels like everyone else has already submitted their stuff, but don’t fret! Make a list of everything that needs to be sent to school (immunization records, final high school transcript, etc.) and check it off when it’s done. Also, be sure to talk to your advisor once one has been assigned so they can fill you in on what else you may need.

Reach out to your roomies!

Roommates are an integral part of the freshman experience, and they may have already begun buying items for your room, so be sure to reach out to see where you can pitch in and maybe even coordinate colors!

Pack, Pack, Pack!

This one sounds self-explanatory, but you don’t want to be a week out from move in day and staring down a very cluttered room of stuff that you don’t know what should leave and what should stay! Donate old clothes, trash high school notes you know you won’t need anymore, and pass the stuffed animals down to your kid sister. Tackle the mess little by little, and that way it’ll be much easier in the end.

Going to college can be a really exciting yet overwhelming time in your life. Following these tips can make sure that, even though you started a little late, you finish right on time! Leave your best tips for freshman down in the comments, and have an awesome week!

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  1. Another thing you can do, if you really want to, is get a head start on reading your textbooks. Or at least skim through the chapters quickly to see what will be covered, so you’re not totally lost 🙂

      1. Please do not buy the textbook until your professor tells you to. Most times the list of textbooks on the syllabus are books you will never use, so you end up wasting money.

        A cool thing that my school offers is that they will have a copy certain textbooks on reserve in the library. If you don’t want to buy the book you can go to the library and use their copy. I think that is an option you should look into at your university.

  2. Packing was the WORST! I know I always forgot at least five things whenever I packed for college. Every year. I never lived on campus. I lived with existing friends from high school, so it was all a pretty smooth transition for me. Interesting that you had to submit immunisation records! I have never, ever heard of that happening before!

    1. Really? Immunizations are a big thing around here because you don’t want a major epidemic spreading through the student population! Most everyone has already had their shots, but they still need to know!

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