It’s that time of year again when school starts and recent high school graduates are experiencing life away from home. For me, it was my first time away and at first, surviving college was difficult. But as time went on and become more comfortable and made new friends, it became much easier. I made many mistakes as a freshman. Below I’ve outlined a few of them. They might not all seem related to finances, but in the big picture, they are.
Tips For Surviving College
Studying Every Night
OK, studying every night might seem like a stretch, but hear me out. If you can commit to studying a little bit each night – or every other night – you are going to make your life 100 times easier. When you study a couple of hours each night, the information stays fresh in your mind at all times. When it comes time for an exam, when everyone else is staying up all night studying and worrying, you can go about your normal routine and be just fine.
Using the Cafeteria
At least for me, as a freshman, having a meal plan in the cafeteria was required. I took advantage of this. I didn’t make it to breakfast every morning, but I made it a point to eat lunch and dinner there. You already paid for these meals, so you might as well use them. The food may not be the greatest, but it is still food and eating in the cafeteria will save you money. The more you eat while at the cafeteria, the less hungry you will otherwise be. This means fewer late night cravings for pizza and more money remaining in your pocket.
It’s inevitable that you are going to skip a class here and there. What you might not realize though as a freshman is that college professors are nothing like your high school teacher. In high school if you missed a day of school, you could get the material of what you missed from the teacher along with notes, etc. Not so in college. You are left to get the information yourself. This is where a friend in class comes in. You both can cover for each other if either of you misses a class. If you’re lucky and pick out a like-minded student, you will also have a study partner who you can prepare for exams with.
Overall, these are just a few tips on surviving college. For many us, freshman year is a completely different life than what we are used to. At first it can be overwhelming. As long as you embrace the change and develop good habits, college will not only be a breeze, but some of the best times in your life.
Hi, my name is Jon and I run Penny Thots. I blog about many personal finance topics, but my specialties lie in investing, paying off debt, and achieving your financial goals. You can learn more about me on the Author Page.