So you’ve accepted an offer! College is officially real. Just a few short months and you’ll be heading off into the unknown. The lead up to college can be a pretty anxious couple of months. You don’t know what to expect, and that’s totally normal. But to help put your mind at ease, we’ve come up with a list of steps to complete in the lead up to orientation week. Check out 7 things to do now that you’ve accepted an offer.

1. Take a trip to see the campus

You may have already done this before you applied, but now that you’ve been accepted and made your decision, it might be a good idea to check out the campus again. Believe me, you’ll see it with new eyes now that you know you’ll be attending that college in a few short months. If it’s feasible, take a day or even weekend trip and schedule some appointments with the freshman office, the financial office, or even a professor!

2. Find out where you’ll be living and research your accommodations

Accommodation is key. If you already know which residence you’ll be living in, do a bunch of research online. Check out reviews from past students, discover the exact configuration of the dorm (will you share bathrooms with the whole floor or just your roommate? How close is the residence to campus? To the dining hall? To the gym?). Get a feel for the place so you know what to expect on move-in day.

3. Get in touch with former students

The best way to put your mind at ease AND get your questions answered is to get in touch with other students. Try and search them up online, or email the student office at your future college and ask them to put you in touch with a recent alumni or current upper-year student. Most colleges have “student buddy” programs like this, and the best advice you can get on student life is from another student.

4. Find a roommate

This one can be a little stressful. Finding a roommate is a pretty big deal. After all, you’re likely going to be sharing a small, cramped room with them for the better part of a year. Check your college’s facebook group and try and get to know people that way. Or perhaps even arrange a meet and greet for the incoming freshman class if the majority of you live in the same state or city. For more roommate tips check out: 5 Things To Avoid In A Roommate and 5 Ways To Choose Your Roommate

5. Get in touch with the financial office

Unfortunately, the reality of how much college costs is something you’re going to have to get used to. So you may as well embrace it and become well-acquainted with your college’s financial office. It’s a good idea to make sure everything is in order before you start your freshman year and the office gets really bogged down. Make sure your student loan is set up, and if you were offered a scholarship, make sure to get all the information on that (how much it’s for, when it will be applied, how it will be applied, etc.).

6. Join your university’s social media groups

You’ve likely already done this, but if you haven’t this is a great way to connect with your college and fellow incoming freshman. Join the “Class of 2020” Facebook group, follow the university’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, and even check out your university’s subreddit.

7. Start creating a packing list

It’s never too early to start thinking about what to bring to college! Come August, you’re going to be swamped with articles claiming to have “the best college packing list.” While these can be helpful, you have to keep in mind what you need. Every university is different, and every person is different. Be sure to understand just how much room you’ll have in your dorm before packing up 3x as much will fit!

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