Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time for students everywhere to enjoy their summer break before heading back to school in the fall. However, for many college students, a summer break is more about figuring out your finances, preparing for classes, and catching up with friends and family before you’ve gone again for another few months.
Amid all of this busyness, it’s easy to let things slip your mind that really should be taken care of before you get caught up in your new semester of school. So to help ensure you’re as prepared as possible when the leaves start to change again, here are three tips for preparing to head back to college in the fall.
Make Necessary Medical Appointments
If you’re still on your parents’ medical insurance, the time you spend at home during the summer is the perfect chance for you to make any necessary medical appointments that you’ve been putting off. Because figuring out doctors and insurance when you’re in another city or state can be very difficult at times, the summer break is your chance to get everything taken care of in an effective way.
According to Kelsey Mulvey, a contributor to the Huffington Post, you should spend some time thinking about any medical questions you had over the last year at school and write them down to ask your doctor at your appointments. Additionally, make sure you get any prescription refills that you’ll need and are all caught up with your vaccination and a flu shot.
Get Your Car A Tune Up
For students that have their own car that they drive to and from campus each year, the break from school is a great time to get a tune-up that your car likely needs. With your car running smoothly, you’re less likely to get into a car accident as a result of something breaking down while you’re driving.
If you’re not sure where to start with this, Jerry S. Hyman and Lynn F. Jacobs, contributors to the U.S. News and World Report, recommend asking a mechanic to look at things like your tires and all your fluid levels.
Find Some Simple, Healthy Meal Recipes
When time is short during your semester, you might find yourself getting takeout or fast food on a regular basis. But not only can this be bad for your health, it can also cause your bank account to take a big hit.
To combat this, Chelsea Fagan, a contributor to Thought Catalog, suggests spending some time during the summer looking for simple, healthy meal recipes that you can make quickly and on the cheap. These can prove to be very beneficial all throughout your college years.
To help you be ready once your new school year starts, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for the fall during your summer break.