By Kelsey Mulvey
Now that you’ve danced the night away at prom and graduated high school, the college countdown is officially a go. Though you may be itching to pack up your bags and start a new life at your new school, there’s another thing you’ve been looking forward to – the summer. While hitting the beach and finding a summer romance might still be a top priority, this summer will be different. Once this summer is over, you’ll be a college student. Crazy, huh? Between getting ready to head off to your future alma mater and having a summer you’ll never forget, expect to be pretty busy! Lucky for you, we’re giving you a go-to guide for your final pre-college tasks.
Her Campus rounded up fifty ways to jam-pack your last summer before college. Click through our slideshow below for the first ten and head over to Her Campus to see the rest!
Believe it or not, your high school wardrobe should be different from your collegiette clothing. Besides the need for polished, internship-approved clothes and fun, going-out apparel, you're itching to get rid of the terrycloth mini that was so freshman year. When's a better time than before you head to college? Grab some of your girlfriends and reenact the closet raid scene from <em>Sex and the City: The Movie</em> (sans the bubbly, of course)! You and your super stylish panel can decide which clothes you should keep, store, and toss.
A clean and tidy space is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also does wonders for your sanity! But what should you organize? Everything! If you begin keeping your room, closet, and computer organized early in the summer, you'll have your new lifestyle down pat by the time you head to college. Plus, you can enjoy the perks of spic-and-span surroundings. Start this organization brigade by taking a trip to The Container Store or labeling all your emails.
Let's be honest - when would you have needed a resume? If the Common Application didn't require it, what was the point? Between applying for E-Board positions to creating an account at your college's career services, every collegiette needs a resume. But don't stress out just yet - <a href="http://www.hercampus.com/career/how-put-together-your-first-or-second-resume" target="_hplink">creating a resume</a> is much easier than you'd think! If you're an eager beaver this summer, do some community service or help out around your dad's office to <a href="http://www.hercampus.com/career/how-build-your-resume-your-free-time-summer" target="_hplink">build your resume</a>.
So remember that boy you've (not so) secretly loved since sophomore year? You know, the one you were too afraid to talk to? Well pre-collegiettes, there's no way you can head off to college without making him notice you. Let's put it this way: if you can't flirt with this guy who you may never see again (unless things really heat up between the two of you - fingers crossed), how will you chat up a college boy? Whether you like a shirtless picture of him on Facebook or strike up a conversation in person, your confidence level will catapult and you'll be ready to take on the college dating scene. Trust us, you'll regret it if you don't!
You won't believe how many people are tweeting, tumbling, pinning, and Four Square-ing at college! Be ahead of the trend by <a href="http://www.hercampus.com/life/hcs-guide-5-new-social-media-sites-you-must-join" target="_hplink">setting up all your social media accounts</a> now. Becoming a social media guru is a great way to connect with your new college friends as well as your campus.
There will come a time when you're at your school's gym and suddenly start to crave a sandwich from your town's 24-hour deli. (Just me? Awkward.) Before you say good-bye to your preferred entrees and appetizers and hello to questionable dining hall food, head over to your favorite restaurants. Kill two birds with one tasty stone by getting a group of friends to attend. "Not only did it allow us to get in that last salad from our favorite Greek restaurant, but it gave us more time to spend with each other," says Hannah Mezan, a junior at Tulane University. After all, doesn't everyone love bonding over a scrumptious meal?
While you could've gone a day or two without reading the news as a pre-collegiette, that's unacceptable in college. This summer, infuse reading the news into your daily routine. Not only will teachers bring up current events in class, but also your friends will be so impressed with your ability to cite <em>The New York Times</em>. Subscribe to an online news site, like <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/" target="_hplink">The Daily Beast</a>, sign up for the <em>New York Times</em>' daily headlines email, read the paper when you're on the elliptical, or check out <a href="http://www.hercampus.com/news-blog" target="_hplink">HC's news blog</a>. If you're really into pop culture and the latest in the fashion industry, don't forget to read <a href="http://www.hercampus.com/pop-campus" target="_hplink">Pop Campus</a> and <a href="http://www.hercampus.com/catwalk-to-campus" target="_hplink">Catwalk to Campus</a> every day (in addition to the hard-hitting news, too)!
This just in: hanging out with your parents is cool again. Gone are the days when your dad dropped you off a block and a half away from school. Believe us, you're going to miss your parents when you don't see them everyday. Cherish the time you have left with your parents this summer by running errands with them or hitting the movies. We hear that new <em>Spider-Man</em> movie is family-approved!
Since we're talking about giving your parents the attention they deserve, why not cook for them? Not only are you in charge of the menu, but it's also a nice way to thank your parents for all their help. Don't worry collegiettes, you don't have to be the next Rachael Ray to partake in this one. "If you're not a good cook, make it fun and research some recipes on Pinterest," says Bethany Christie, a junior at Lafayette College. Cooking a family meal is also a great way to indulge in a home-cooked dinner. When your dining hall isn't serving your favorite veggie burger, you'll be wishing that you were back in the kitchen.
Maybe you read <em>Lord of the Flies </em>and <em>Catcher in the Rye</em> in high school, but do you really remember those novels? Admit it: if you were in a time crunch, you would just look at the SparkNotes summaries. Since you're not swamped with homework this summer, re-read the books from high school or even pursue a classic that you've never read. Now that you know what really happened in <em>The Great Gatsby</em>, you won't be completely lost when you're in your literature class or flirting with that cute English major!