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Let’s face it: being a High School senior is not easy. Besides wrapping up your time with friends, you have decisions to make about your future that could impact the rest of your adult life (no pressure). Trust us when we say that deciding on a college and then moving across the country is tough. We have all been there. Whether you are still on the fence about where to attend or are ready to pack up and go, these three simple tips will help ensure your success.

Academics are crucial, but they are not all that goes into the college experience.

Academics are fundamental when selecting a college to attend, but they are not the only deciding factor. Pushing academics aside (since that is the main reason for narrowing down your choices), you need to focus on all a campus has to offer, including its location, culture, and extracurricular clubs and organizations. So get involved and be a part of all you can! This is the time for you to determine your beliefs and viewpoints and further develop the lens with which you view the world – apart from your parents.

If you aren’t sure what to major in, take a deep breath. Most don’t.

Many students start freshmen year unsure of what they want to major in or be – so if you aren’t 100% certain, rest assured that you are in good company. Your campus should have various career coaches to help guide you. Plus, the focus of the first few semesters is core subjects needed for any degree. Best of all, if you aren’t confident, you can always major in something more mainstream, such as Liberal Arts or Business which can translate to almost any industry.

Moving far from home is challenging – logistically. Renting self-storage can help.

First, it is essential to determine the best way to get there (such as driving and bringing your belongings with you or flying and shipping them). It is also important that you coordinate what to bring with your roommate(s) once that information is shared so that you do not overpack (or overshop). Do note: if you are moving far from home, it may be in your best interest to rent a self-storage unit close by. This will help you maximize space within your dorm for items you need each day and prevent you from having to pack up and haul everything back home when the year ends.

By remaining open to the opportunities that present themselves, taking the time necessary to pick a major you love, and renting a self-storage unit, your college experience is bound to be wonderful! In the words of Marilyn vos Savant, “To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” Study, watch, and learn all you can – this is your time to challenge yourself and grow.

Embrace all that comes your way – your life is just getting started. We wish you a fantastic start to your college career! Take a deep breath – you’ve got this!