Reminisce; Enjoying Your “Pre-College” Summer

Preparing for college can make any high school senior feel like they’re on top of the world. From accepting your college admission to UW-Madison, finding your college roommate and pre-planning that first week of school — aka “syllabus week” — the summer before college can feel more like a blur than anything. At times, though, it may be good to slow down and breathe; reminisce some would say. 

Below are some tips to help you do just that:

1. MAKE A SCRAPBOOK!

Maybe it’s getting ice cream with your friends, enjoying dinner with the family or, simply, walking your dog around town, it doesn’t matter… take as many pictures as you can! The best tip my sister ever gave me was to make a scrapbook of the last summer before college. Now, I not only have a book filled with those memories but one dedicated to my life. I promise you the purchase is worth it. 

Check out this article for even more reasons on why you should give scrapbooking a try.

2. HAVE “FAMILY” DINNERS WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Not only is this a great way to make some last “pre-college” memories, but it’s a great way to learn how to cook. Find a recipe off pinterest and see what you can make of it! And, in three months’ time, you might even thank me when you realize that, yes, the dining hall food does get old fast. 

3. MEET UP WITH YOUR SOON-TO-BE ROOMMATE!

One of the best tips I can give you is to actually know your roommate before move-in day. I suggest planning a day for the two of you to walk around campus together and see what the terrace is all about — and, of course, don’t forget to buy an absurd amount of UW clothing in preparation for the first game day.

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