Published On: Wed, Apr 4th, 2018

4 Tips for College Students that You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else

Let’s be real here for a minute: prospective college students need to understand that no matter how many brochures they read, no matter how many pep talks they hear from their parents, and no matter how many alumni they speak to, there are certain things that you can’t really prepare for in college. Well, until now, that is. That’s because today we’re going to discuss the subjects that tend to fall through the cracks –– and offer four helpful tips for how to deal with them when you get to college:

Don’t Sweat a Bad Start

Plenty of people find the transition into adulthood to be a difficult one. And for many, that transition begins in college. After all, anyone who finds themselves removed from their long-time home and support structure is bound to struggle a little bit –– at least at the beginning. That’s why it’s essential for freshmen to keep their chin up during their first semester. Sure, some things are going to go awry –– but that’s okay. Learning how to deal with mishaps is a huge part of adjusting to adulthood.

Know When to Fold

There’s something to be said for college students who persevere with difficult, or uninterested teachers. However, there’s no shame in transferring out of a class you don’t find beneficial or insightful. If it’s not absolutely required, consider jumping ship after the first class or two. Making this call sooner rather than later could save you a ton of headaches down the line. This goes double for switching majors!

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Let Your Hair Down

College is about learning new things, expanding your horizons, and yes –– partying down occasionally. It’s important for young people to enjoy their time in college and to make connections that could last for the rest of their lives. However, you should remember to always behave responsibly and respectfully toward yourself and others. Also, note that there are usually a number of places to receive STD tests around college campuses, and that in this regard, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Take What You Can Get

College is expensive. Like, crazy expensive. Therefore, it behooves you to indulge in any collegiate activity that can help you make, save, or stretch money. Getting a job on campus, taking advantage of free meals or products offered by clubs, or even enrolling in a class on how to budget your funds could make a big difference for you in the future. Few college students think about their financial standing while in college; but nearly every college graduate does. Don’t make the mistake so many others have made before you. Instead, stay proactive and work to pay off your student loans and other expenses as soon as you can. Your future self will thank you.

Author: Chans Weber

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