16 Ways You Can Prepare for Spartan Life this Summer

Once you cross the stage at graduation and receive your diploma, it officially becomes the last summer before your new Spartan life begins. Of course you'll need to pack and attend AOP, but there are some other things that you should have on your to do list. Don't worry, we've got you covered below. 

1. Create your resume- Summer is a great time to create or update your resume. It'll definitely come in handy when you start to apply for on-campus jobs, volunteer opportunities or look to participate in student groups on campus. 

2. Become a social (media) butterfly- We realize that everyone isn't a big talker, but to make the most of your Spartan experience, you should get to know a few fellow Spartans. You can find tips on how to meet MSU friends on social media here

3. Spend time with your family and friends- During the first few weeks of school, many of you will be so excited about your new journey that you'll forget to check in with the people at home. No worries or hard feelings, it happens to the best of us. Just take advantage of the time you have with them before you leave. 

4. Connect with your roommate- You and your roommate will not only need to determine a packing list, but you'll also need to talk about expectations for when you move in together. Who can have the last fruit roll-up? What time do the lights go out at night? Believe us, these are important questions. 

5. Get familiar with East Lansing- This lovely college town will be your home for at least the next four years. Get acquainted and we promise you'll fall in love. Read the reviews on local restaurants and browse the City of East Lansing website for fun stuff to do throughout the year. 

6. Learn aboout Spartan Traditions- If you're heading to any sporting events on campus this fall, you will want to know the fight song. When finals week rolls around, don't let the super loud screams at midnight catch you off guard. It's just a thing Spartans do. Ask upperclassmen friends about other traditions so you'll be ready to take part! 

7. Clean up your social media accounts- Kids will be kids, right? Well, now it's time for you to transition into your new identity as a college student. Browse your accounts to get rid of your less than ideal photos and posts. You definitely want to put on a good first impression for your new Spartan family. 

8. Schedule a medical checkup- Make sure you visit your medical providers to get an up-to-date check up and to make sure all of your medical needs are taken care of. Don't worry though, you won't need to travel home too often for medical care- there's a health clinic on campus in each neighborhood. 

9. Get a summer job- While many on-campus events are free for students, it's always good to have a bit of extra money if you want to purchase some Spartan gear or get snacks for movie night. Look into working at the mall, babysitting or mowing lawns this summer.
*Also visit jobs.rhs.msu.edu for information on available on-campus jobs for the fall. 

10. Learn to budget your money- Don't blow all of the money you make this summer. It's a good time to learn what needs to be purchased RIGHT NOW, and what can wait. 

11. Read up on your major- You may think you know all there is to know about being a nursing major at MSU. But it never hurts to keep looking for information on the field. You can also get a jump start on looking into student groups that are focused on providing experience in your major's field. 

12. Get to know the campus- After you get your schedule at AOP, figure out where your classes are, what bus routes you may need to take or even your walking route to make it on time for the first day of class. 

13. Talk to current students at the school- Getting information from the websites is always cool, but make sure you talk with current MSU students for first-hand knowledge on the best dining hall meals, cool professors and how to land an awesome residence hall space for next year. 

14. Recycle and purge- Let's face it, residence hall rooms aren't mini-mansions, so you can't bring every single thing from home. Now is a good time to sort through old clothes and donate, recycle old school notebooks and maybe donate teddy bears to younger cousins. Or not. *smile*

15. Job shadow someone in your career field- Job shadowing can give you a good idea of what you may be doing once you graduate with a degree in your major. Try to shadow someone to see if your career field will be a good fit. It's okay to change your major. 

16. Treat yo' self- We think this one is absolutely necessary. Have fun and live it up this summer! It's your last summer being a "kid". You and your high school friends may be going separate ways. So soak in the moment and enjoy the summer. The rest of your life starts now!

If there's anything we missed on this list, make sure you tweet us and let us know @MSULiveOn or use #SpartansLiveOn. Go Green!