Helpful Resources to Get You Ready for College

Preparing for college is a very emotional and exciting time. First you’re busy writing essays and completing applications, then you’re anxiously awaiting news about which colleges have accepted you and finally, there’s the fear and anticipation of what college life will really be like once you get there.

That’s a lot of emotions to have in just a few short months, so we’ve got a quick list of resources to help you rein in some of them and get totally psyched for your big new adventure. First, here’s a really helpful list of things to do before you arrive on campus. Print it out or bookmark it on your computer so you can easily access it when needed.

And here are four top-rated, very useful, fun and practical guides for preparing, surviving and thriving during your freshman year. And they’re each less than $15 on Each could be a great investment in your future.

  1. Preparing for College: Practical Advice for Students and their Families
  1. Thriving At College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World!
  1. The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between
  1. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start

Of course there are lots of people you can ask for advice: your college counselor at school, older friends and siblings who’ve been through it, and people in the Admissions office at your selected college. Remember the more prepared you are, the better you’ll feel and the more you’re bound to enjoy this exciting new chapter in your life.


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