Plan a backyard barbecue for your family and friends. Gather everyone together on a hot and sunny day to celebrate your graduation and acceptance to college. Have everyone bring a dish – like pasta salad, vegetables and dip, or fruit – and grill burgers and hot dogs. “I hosted a barbeque in August before I left for freshman year, and we had so much fun that it actually turned into an all-night party,” says Kimberly, a sophomore at Tulane.
Rent a beach house. Pick a week and a group of friends and head to the beach. Sarah, a junior at Northeastern University, rented a beach house on Martha’s Vineyard with her friends, and says that while it was expensive, it was definitely worth it. “We ended up getting a smaller house and bringing up air mattresses to cut some cost, but we barely did any sleeping the whole week so it didn’t really matter,” she says. “Getting the beach house was the best decision I made before going to college because it really was the last hurrah for all of us.”
Make sure you visit each of your favorite spots in your hometown. Once you head off to college, you won’t have access to that great coffee shop downtown or that boutique you love to shop at. Make a list of every place you’re going to miss once freshman year begins, and make a point to visit each one. Have your friends tag along so you can enjoy their company, too!