The blog Lifehacker has some good recommendations for getting ready--at least technologically--for your first year of college.
You may also want to check out Fairfield's Computing and Network Services' (CNS) resources for students, including their student information page, and their computer purchasing recommendations. You can also follow CNS on Twitter.
And, don't forget the Library. We have over 150,000 ebooks that you can access online, and we make it easy for you to get research help online. Just email, IM, or text us your question. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up on the latest Library news.