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Q: “I’m only 14, but I feel like I’m mature enough to attend college already! How am I going to survive four more years of high school if I feel like I’m already past it?”

–Ashley, 14, Cocoa, FL

A: It’s so hard to feel like you’re over high school already and still have a few more years to go! If you really feel like you’re ready for the challenge of attending college, there are some options for students like you. Many high schools offer head-start programs that allow their students to take classes at the local community or junior college in place of the regular high school courses. Talk to your high school counselor and your parents about this option, and see if it’s right for you. Worst-case scenario: you try it for one semester and realize it’s not for you, and you’re back to taking classes on the high school campus.

If your school doesn’t offer an option like this, then my advice is to surround yourself with people who have similar thoughts about college. Chances are you’re not the only one who is ready for college, and you’ll likely find those students in the college prep, advanced placement (AP), or international baccalaureate (IB) classes. Plus, those more advanced classes will prepare you to be able to handle the academic side of university life. If you’re bored with the social scene at your school, then try joining community activities that will introduce you to people of all ages, such as cooking or dance classes, volunteering with nature conservationists, or getting involved with local politics. Not only will you expand your social circle, you’ll also build a great activity list to include on your college applications. Hang in there — only a few more years to go! (first published on Seventeen’s College Q&A)

For more high school and college advice, check out my new book Seventeen’s Guide to Getting Into College!


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Shopping for school supplies has pretty much been a back-to-school ritual for the last decade of your life. But before you head off to college, you better be sure you’ve got more than a hefty stash of pens and notebooks. Here’s a list of some not-so-obvious things you might want to add to your usual school shopping spree.

1. bathrobe
Most dorm rooms don’t afford you the luxury of a private bathroom, so you might want to invest in a stylish, comfy bathrobe for those hallway treks to the shower.

2. shower caddy
How’s a girl going to transport her toiletries from dorm room to bathroom? Invest in a handy shower caddy big enough to hold everything you need to maintain that squeaky-clean image.

3. spill-proof travel mug
There’s nothing like a hot drink during an early morning class or a mid-afternoon caffeine pick-me-up, and a spill-proof travel mug is the best way to transport your favorite drink. Not only are these beverage containers usually permissible in libraries, but coffee shops often will give you a discount for using your own mug (not to mention the kudos you get for doing your part to help the environment).

4. flip-flops
Whether you’re going to school on the beach or in the Alaskan tundra, flip-flops for the great indoors are a must-have for any dorm dweller. Chances are you’re going to be running down the hallways for late night chat sessions, and flip-flops are a great alternative to going barefoot. They also come in handy if you’re skeeved out by the communal shower.

5. mini reading light
A lot of college homework will entail reading, so you may want to invest in a mini reading light that can attach to your book or bed. This gives you the option to stay up late without flooding the room with the overhead light. Plus, your roommate will love you for it.

To see the 12 other items on the list read my full article “College Packing List” on Seventeen!  And I’d love to hear what stuff you wouldn’t want to live without in college…


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