Paid PostPosted on Jun 15, 201611 Real-Life Tips We Wish We Had Gotten The Summer Before CollegeOnce you get to college, make sure your hard work doesn't go unnoticed. Discover Student Loans gives cash rewards for good grades. What's better than that?by Discover Student LoansBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Establish a regular sleeping schedule. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com / Via nowthisnews.tumblr.com Otherwise those 8 a.m. attendance-based classes are going to hit you like a ton of bricks. 2. Choose a job that's challenging but flexible. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via gifstorage.net Taking some time for yourself to just enjoy the summer is just as important as preparing for your future. Balance is key. 3. Go to as many orientation activities as possible. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via cutecatgifs.com Some kids try to act too cool for school (literally). But you'll be so thankful to have already made a few friends come move-in day. 4. Figure out how to make a few of your favorite dorm-friendly, home-cooked meals. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Warner Bros. Entertainment / Via hercampus.com Nothing is more comforting than Momma's meatloaf on a bad day. 5. And learn how to do your laundry. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via cheezburger.com You do NOT want to be that one person who goes home every weekend to their parents' house to do laundry. 6. Don't decide on your sophomore-year housing situation or roommates too soon. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF CBS / Via gifhuntsgif.tumblr.com You will meet lots of new "best friends" second semester also! 7. Take a cool trip before you head off to college! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via heyveronica.tumblr.com It'll be a fun last hurrah with your high school friends, and it'll also give you something to make small talk about during orientation. 8. Once you get assigned a roommate, at the very least shoot him or her a text to get to know them. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via theprospect.net If you can meet in person and do something fun, even better. 9. Buy a very comfortable hoodie from your new bookstore. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Pictures / Via gifs-andthings.tumblr.com Every single freshman in your class will have one, and it will be your go-to when you're in the library at 1 a.m. writing that paper that's due at 9 a.m. 10. FOMO is hard, but don't get discouraged by social media. Use it to keep in touch! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Thinkstock, Tara P. Your friends from high school didn't forget about you — promise! 11. Be a kid. Eighteen might feel old, but you've still got so much ahead of you. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Jess Mendes / Courtesy of Sylvia Cheng Enjoy these last few months. What's the rush? Focus on being the best college student you can be, and Discover Student Loans will reward you for your good grades.