Posts Tagged ‘advice’
#1: Online banking is your best friend.
Freshman year, I learned that there are many things I could do from the warm comfort of my own bed. Keeping track my bank account was one of them. I wish I’d known from the beginning how great of a resource online banking could be. When you are managing your money for the first time, it is very convenient to have a way to access account information from wherever you can connect to the Internet. Depending on weather conditions, your level of laziness, and the location of the nearest bank or ATM on campus, you may not always be able to make frequent visits and have an idea of where you stand financially. Create an online account with your bank, and you will always be able to make smart spending decisions.
#2: Other people can see your computer screen.
I have quite a few friends who had bad computer experiences freshman year. With the increasing popularity of Facebook and other social media websites, it is always important to remember that others can see what (and more importantly WHOM) you are looking at. You may assume that the people around you are paying attention to what is going on in class or in their studies at the library, but odds are if you are doing your own thing, they probably are, too. Unfortunately, this means they might be taking in their surroundings, including whatever is going on on your computer screen. There’s nothing wrong with checking your Facebook in public, but it’s WHOSE profile you’re looking at that can potentially get you into trouble. It’s impossible to know who around you will have a connection to the face on your screen, and in the small college environment, odds are it will somehow get back to them that you were checking them out.
#3: You don’t always have to be attached to your cell phone.
Building new relationships is one of the hardest parts of starting freshman year. Although you may be used to constantly texting friends on your cell phone, it is definitely a good idea to put it away when you’re out meeting new people. It is not necessary to always be talking to people who are not immediately around you, and you will come off as more interesting and more engaged if your focus is on the conversation you’re having in person instead of the conversation you’re having on your phone.
College checklists are good preparation tools. They help you remember to bring things like hangers. They are the buffers between you and your mother on trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond; when coffee maker is on the checklist, she has to buy you one right!?
What these checklists don’t account for are the personal tasks you have to take care of before leaving for school. Like breaking up.
The break up conversation is not ever an easy one to have. It gets even harder when you’re only contemplating breaking up because you’re going away to school. But when you are both headed in new directions, parting ways is a smart choice. Believe me, I’ve been there. I struggled with the pros and cons of what maintaining a long-distance relationship would entail. I considered making it work, but came to a few key realizations that led to my decision to break up.
It was important to me that I grow and change as a single person, not as one half of a relationship. In my opinion, college is a time when students are allowed to be selfish – they are allowed to indulge curiosities, explore what the world has to offer, and not worry about being tied down by a significant other. Not that having a boyfriend or girlfriend drags you down, but I find it can influence your decisions, and college is a time to find your own voice.
I was honest with myself and knew that if I had a boyfriend at another school, I would think about him too much and find it hard to be in the moment with new friends and activities. I would spend time thinking about what he was doing instead of focusing on my own awesome future. In a word, I would become clingy. I did not want my happiness or activities to be dictated by someone I never saw.
I cannot stress how much better it is to break up before school starts than to wait until you are miles apart. Talking it over in person and giving yourself time to heal will make the entire process easier. It may not seem that way at the time, but you’ll thank yourself later.
In the end, I am so very glad I made this decision. I think anyone who will be a freshman this fall should enter as a single unit – an individual ready to take on new challenges alone.
What do you think? Are you considering breaking up before college? Have you been through a similar situation?
What words of wisdom do you have to offer?
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Freshman year of college? Complete! Summer fun? No problem! You’ve just spent an entire year away from home working hard. It’s time to relax without completely draining your brain of all the knowledge you gained in school. Here are things you can do this summer to make the most of your time, while still having fun.
If you spend the summer at home, you’ll save a ton of money on rent, food and other day-to-day expenses. Use your local library for free summer reading! Walking and biking are free, healthy alternatives to driving. Do what you can, little by little, to save your pennies!
Traveling is such an excellent way to spend your summer. New experiences are stimulating and fun, even if it is just a road trip to the next state over. Go somewhere new and document your time there, what you learn, and who you meet. Driving with friends is also a cheap(er) alternative to flying. You’ve probably made some new friends in school who would be happy to see you mid-July before school starts again in the fall.
Read for Fun
Read those books you wanted to read during the school year but never had time to because of school work! Read an easy summer book or get a magazine subscription to a new publication. Again, the library can be your best friend when it comes to free reading.
Find a Festival
Summer is the season for art, music and antique festivals across the country. The Ann Arbor Art Fair in Michigan in July has been called the number one art fair by AmericanStyle Magazine. Chicago hosts Lollapalooza, a music festival that hosts more than fifty acts over three days in August. Search for festivals in your area that peak your interest!
Learn a New Skill
Your down time this summer can be put to good use if you learn a new (and fun!!) skill. Pick up a cookbook and challenge yourself to master Italian cuisine. While you’re at it, try learning Italian itself! Knowing a second language will definitely come in handy in your future.
I know schoolwork can keep you from being active during the school year, so summer is a great time to reintroduce yourself to the gym. A lot of cities also have co-ed intramural sports teams like beach volleyball or softball. Joining up will keep you active and you may meet new, interesting people!
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