It’s almost the end of summer, and you’re probably getting ready to go back to college. Here are some things you may come across during your first month back to school.
You may experience mixed emotions about missing family and friends, and start to get nervous about your classes, and planning exciting entertainment activities. It’s totally normal to feel mixed emotions especially when going back to college.
Take a deep breath, it’s all going to turn out fine if you mentally prepare yourself for what to expect.
This is a time for you to take control of your life by making smart decisions and taking safe risks. You may feel like you are capable of taking things into your own hands with more confidence this year than before.
Going to college isn’t only about academic development, it’s also about enhancing your ability to tackle life situations independently. Take responsibility and stay focused.
Track your spending patterns. Don’t go wild because of the financial freedom you get as a student. Or because your parents aren’t be there to track your finances. Don’t get yourself into financial trouble because that derail your college experience.
A survey of the spending habits of college students shows that a lot of students tend to spend money each month on restaurants, bars, fashion, and electronics.
Another study of college students about money management says that 84% of college students admitted that they need more financial literacy education. If you’re taking a student loan make sure you to pay attention to any entrance counseling your lender provides. You may be able to find free financial management courses offered at your college or online.
Being on your own can be fun but don’t forget that you’re on campus to get a good education. Make a weekly schedule; include classes, labs, study time, and extra curricular activities on that schedule.
If you have early classes, make sure you don’t stay out late and get enough sleep so that your body gets the rest it needs to function right.
If you’re working while you’re in school schedule sufficient time to study.
Going to college is about getting a good education and fulfilling your goals. If you don’t prepare for the new school year, going back to college will be difficult. Make sure to plan how you’ll spend your time, money, and what courses you take before you get back. Good preparation will be key in reducing your stress throughout your life and college is the perfect time to practice.