If you're here for the best college freshman summer checklist and their parents, you are in the right place...
While the summer before college shouldn’t be a drag filled with tasks and appointments, taking care of business in the summer goes a long way toward setting up your child (and you!) for a great freshman year.
Take a look at the list below and pencil these in over the course of summer...
You don’t want to rush the summer but it doesn’t hurt to figure out asap when move-in day is and make sure you have made arrangements (taking time off from work, coordinating siblings’ attendance....).
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Picking a roomie (or roomies) is much easier than when we were in college. Freshmen may know who they are rooming with before they even graduate high school thanks to Facebook and other groups for admitted freshman. Your freshman should keep in touch with new roomies over the summer, at a minimum to coordinate who is bringing what.
Take care of financial items. Parents, this means pay tuition and housing. One thing I was not expecting was the lack of access to educational information for parents. Colleges are required by educational privacy laws to keep student information (even tuition bills!) private even from parents. Your freshman will likely have to grant you access through the university’s website. I was expecting to get notices that payments were due and did not, creating a pain in the a** late fee situation. After I got everything set up through my daughter, that was not a repeat problem.
This is a college freshman summer checklist must do item!
The summer is the ideal time to get your freshman’s finances set up in general. If she does not already have an ATM card, make sure that is taken care of before leaving. If a credit card for emergencies (or pizza....) is something you want your child to have, take care of that as well.
- Does your child know the basics of managing a bank account? If not, now is the time.
Is your freshman’s campus walkable? Is it so large that public transportation or other means of getting around will be needed? Summer is a great time for your freshman to at least familiarize himself with the basics so he isn't panicking the first time he has an early class “all the way across campus.”
Hopefully you have found the giant packing list on Summer Before College helpful. While I do not advocate obsessing over early packing, I can absolutely promise the chore of shopping and packing is much more pleasant when done in manageable chunks over the summer. (I also do my holiday shopping early so take that for what it is worth).
Here is that giant packing list!
Knock out those dental cleanings, eye appointments and physicals during the summer. It’s so tough to organize medical appointments during your freshman’s brief visits home. Better to go into the school year fully prepared and with all prescriptions (including those for contact lens refills--those are always a bear) set up and ready to go.
Research the campus dining options to make the best choice in selecting a meal plan. This is another area where being part of an online parent or incoming freshman community is super helpful. The dining plan that my daughter thought would be ideal (all you can eat at three traditional cafeteria locations) ended up being too limiting so she made a change early on.
Link in! My freshman was not on LinkedIn when she left for college but I encouraged her to do so early on. A life lesson I want my kids to know is that connections matter. A professional LinkedIn account is a great way to start connecting with professors, teaching assistants and others. By the end of those four years, your child will have a thriving professional network.
Suggest your child visit LinkedIn and get set up this summer.