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UA Matters: Top 5 College Prep Tips for High School Seniors’ Final Semester

UA Matters logoYou’ve been accepted to college, assigned your dorm space, and lined up your course of study. So, it’s time to coast through your last semester of high school, right? You might want to rethink that, advises Dr. Ross Bryan, director of residential communities at The University of Alabama.

Here are Bryan’s top five tips for your last semester:

  1. Maintain that commitment to school. “Continuing to read, write and study are the best preparation for the rigors of your freshman year,” says Bryan.
  2. Learn how to do laundry. “It is too late to learn that reds and whites should not be washed together while standing in a residence hall laundry room before a big date.”
  3. Start helping out with cleaning at home. Depending on what type of residence hall room you live in, you may have to clean a kitchen and or a bathroom. “It can be a rude awakening to a student who was never expected to clean at home.”
  4. Learn to budget money. “Getting a checking account now can help you begin learning to use money wisely.”
  5. Have conversations with your parents about your expectations for your college experience. “This conversation may lead to areas concerning co-curricular activities and the delicate balance between studying and socializing. This is a way of setting up expectations for each other!

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The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.