1) Apply for everything, even if you don't think you qualify! I filled out so many applications for scholarships that by the end of my senior year I was sick of filling out my name and address on paperwork. I could have probably applied for more, but I didn't pick it up if I didn't fit every detail. I found that on our school's scholarship night, that not many students fit the exact criteria they listed. I missed out on A LOT of opportunities for scholarships because I didn't feel like I would get it. Being Out of State, I could have used every penny. My point is APPLY! Just go to your guidance office, or wherever your school has their scholarship list, and grab one of each. The worst that could happen is you don't hear back, however you could also get some much needed money for College!
2) Don't be afraid to over-pack! When I came to school, I didn't end up packing everything I actually needed. On move-in day, I sent my parents to Walmart with a laundry miscellaneous things that honestly I had thought about and then figured I wouldn't need. For example, snacks for the dorm. You never know when you'll want some goldfish or a soda, and you don't want to walk all the way to the Dining Hall just for something small. Another example would be little area rugs. For me, I don't like stepping out of bed onto the cold tile floor, and I definitely don't like stepping out on slick tile when I get out of the shower. If it crosses your mind when you're thinking about what to take to college, get it. You're probably going to need it or end up buying it when you get here.
3) Don't take any of the luxuries of home for granted! Enjoy watching T.V with your parents, home-cooked meals, and all of the fun stuff that goes along with High School. Don't rush your senior year, because I can guarantee that although college comes with some of the best memories of your life, you're going to miss your hometown, Mama's cooking, and as much as you don't think so now, High School. So go to every event your high school does, try something new, and get excited about what lies ahead when you graduate in May. Let your senior year take its time, and don't wish it to be over!