Preparing for Freshman Year of College

May 20, 2021

Freshman Year Applications

You’ve decided you want to go to college after high school. Now what? First, you’ll want to consider where you’d like to be for your freshman year at college. Once you have a few schools in mind, find out the following:

  • Application deadlines. Make sure to track these and get everything submitted on time.
  • Find out what each school requires for tests.
    • SAT scores? ACT scores? Etc.
    • Does the school have extra administration tests?
    • Are there additional tests your major requires you to have?

Colleges will require you to send over supplementary documents after you’ve finished the application portion. Be sure you’re prepared to send these when asked for them. Many high schools can send your transcripts to your selected college or university once the year ends, however, mistakes happen. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you double-check that everything is sent promptly.

  • Request high school transcripts (final grades)
  • Vaccinations (up to date)
  • Test scores (SAT, ACT, etc.)

Once accepted into the school, don’t procrastinate on getting financial aid and scholarships ready. Each of these has its own deadline that you’ll want to keep in mind.

Where to live Freshman Year

Once you’ve been accepted into your dream college or university – Congrats! Now it’s time you decide where you want to spend your freshman year.

Many state universities require students to live on campus if they’re so many miles away from the school. If you fall into this category or have other reasons for wanting to live in the dorms then you’ll need to find a way to move all your belongings. That’s where Collegeboxes can help.

Collegeboxes offers a hand-off moving experience allowing for your items to be delivered straight to your dorm. This avoids parents needing to help you on moving day, which has been limited by many schools since the pandemic.

Alternatively, if you plan to stay at home and commute to school then you’ll want to consider what your schedule will look like.  

Keep the following points in mind for your commute when picking classes.

  • When will your first class start and the last class end?
    • Ask yourself if you will have time to commute to and from home if you live off-campus. Consider rush hour traffic.
  • Will your commute still allow you time in the library when needed?
  • Will your classes or major require a lot of on-campus work or group-work?

Be ready to build your class schedule around your commute and give yourself some breathing room for when those unexpected school projects happen.

What is Collegeboxes?

Collegeboxes is a company owned by U-Haul International, Inc for student storage, shipping, and moving. They combine U-Haul’s network of storage facilities, Moving Helpers, and truck rental locations to provide high quality and economical storage, shipping, and moving services to students nationwide.

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