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Grad prep 101

Graduating high school is an incredibly exciting event. It’s also pretty scary when you realize how quickly college is approaching. Balancing spending time with friends and loved ones while simultaneously getting ready to go to school and leave home can be stressful. Here’s how to manage it all and make the most of your time before you start college.

The first thing you should do is start getting the thing you’ll need in college. If you wait too long to start shopping, you might struggle to get everything you need before you leave home. Make a checklist of all the things you’ll need at school. Kitchen supplies, storage containers, and study materials like backpacks and binders can usually be picked up for cheap at your local thrift store. Save your money for the really expensive items you won’t want to skimp on, like electronics and textbooks. Keep your eyes open for any back to school deals on these items so you can get the best price. You’ll feel more confident about leaving for college as you slowly start to pick up the necessities, and you won’t feel panicked later about needing to buy a bunch of stuff last minute.

While you think about what you’ll need for college, don’t forget to celebrate your huge accomplishment. You’ve just graduated high school, and you deserve to celebrate that. You can let your friends and family know you’ve graduated by sending out graduation announcements. Set up a day where you and your friends all take photos of each other to use on your announcements. That way you can spend time with friends and knock another project off your to-do list. If you don’t know where to go for stationery, Basic Invite has a ton of photo graduation announcements. All of their cards are completely customizable. From font to color, you can make sure your announcements look just the way you want them to. Check them out!

Preparing to graduate high school and move on to college is a whirlwind of a time, and it’s important to take care of yourself with all the stress you’ll have. Take the time to exercise and eat well. It might be tempting to just eat junk food as a way to celebrate graduation, but you’ll feel awful if you only eat pizza and ice cream. Exercise and healthy food can help you have more energy and feel less stressed. If you feel you may need extra help, you can reach out to a loved one, or a professional therapist, for support.

Even though graduating can be stressful, don’t forget to have fun. You’ve just accomplished something huge, and it’s a big deal. Enjoy this time. Spend time with your family and friends, send out grad announcements, and take care of yourself. Congratulations on your graduation!

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