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How to Prepare for College or Career School

Category(ies): Student Life

getting ready for schoolStart off your school year smoothly with these 10 tips

Are you starting college or career school soon? If so, this is an important step in your life! Congratulations! In the months and weeks before school begins, you may be wondering what you should do to prepare. How can you make the most of your experience? What are the best ways to gear up for success?

Here are some tips that can start you off on the right foot.

1. Get your life organized before the rush
Once school begins, you will be busy with attending classes, studying, meeting new friends, and getting adjusted. For this reason, it’s a good idea to organize your life ahead of time. Before school starts:

  • Get your hair cut
  • Get a physical
  • Go to the dentist
  • Get your car tuned up
  • Get new clothes if you need them
  • Clean out old papers, bags, and notebooks leftover from high school

2. Buy your books and school supplies
Once you are enrolled in courses, your school may tell you what books you need to buy. Do your best to find used copies, since they will be less expensive. This is also a good time to buy school supplies, such as folders, pens, and notebooks.

3. Read more about your school and program
If you haven’t already done so, take some time to read more about your school online. Find out what resources it offers to students. Also, read about the program you are enrolled in. Make sure you understand the course requirements. You can even read about the career you hope to have. The more you know going into your program, the fewer surprises you will have later.

4. Look for activities to join
Colleges and career schools want you to have a positive experience. Often times there will be clubs, student council, study groups, or other activities that will help you enjoy your time there. Do a little reading to find out what activities your school offers, so that you are ready to get involved once you start school.

5. Prepare a study space
Once you begin school, your main job will be to study. Prepare ahead of time by making sure you have a quiet study space where family members won’t bother you.

6. Find time management resources
College and career school can be demanding of your time. You may have to be more careful with your time management than you were in high school. Luckily, there are many online resources and apps that help you manage your time well. You can get calendars, to-do lists, and reminders to help you keep track of important due dates and exam dates.

7. Review self-care tips
For many people, going to college or career school is their first venture in being an independent adult. This might be the first time you are responsible for taking care of yourself. It doesn’t hurt to review some self-care tips to help set yourself up for a positive and successful experience.

8. Make a budget
Living on a student’s budget may not be easy, but there are definitely ways to stretch your dollars. Figure out how much you can spend each week, and set limits for yourself so that you don’t go over budget. You might also consider looking at part-time employment options near your school. 

9. Learn the geography
If your school is in an area that you are not familiar with, spend some time on a mapping app to learn about the streets and businesses near your school. You don’t want to feel lost during your first week of your new school!

10. Take typing tutorials
Do you still hunt-and-peck on the computer keyboard? Find a free typing program online, and practice your touch typing. It will save you a lot of hassle and time the first time you are assigned an essay to write!

Bonus tip: Squeeze in some summer fun
If you’ve come to the end of the list, then it’s time to squeeze in some last-minute fun. Get in touch with friends and enjoy the rest of summer!



The Salter School welcomes all new students to the school! We can’t wait to get to know you. We want your experience at the Salter School to be the start of a new and gratifying career path.

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