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Attending college is a wonderful and very exciting time in the life of a student. It can be a little frightening, especially for those who will be moving far from home, possibly for the first time, and living in a dorm or apartment without family members. However, with plenty of preparation and the right checklist, the transition to college life can be fun and simple.
When choosing a college, students have a few things to consider. Location is a big part for many, since moving across states can be unnerving. Paying out of state tuition can be frustrating as well. It is also important to consider other factors, such as what majors are offered, how many students will be in each class, and what types of activities and lifestyle choices are promoted. Religious students might feel more comfortable at a private school where their beliefs and values are shared, while those looking for a more liberal experience will probably want to choose differently. Someone who has worked very hard and studied diligently may be more inclined to select a more academically prestigious university.
Once a college has been selected, students can meet with academic advisors or deans to begin their university experience. Some offer guided tours, while others can provide a detailed welcome packet with information about activities, the campus, and more. When packing, it’s good to consult a list of college necessities to make sure nothing is left out. Parents and children can work together to shop and hunt for these items, and enjoy spending a little extra time together before the child heads off to next phase in life as a college co-ed.