How to Properly Live on Campus
Living on campus is one of the best decisions you can make when considering housing for college. Choosing on-campus housing will make your college experience all the more exciting! However, you may be asking yourself questions like, “How do I prepare for a roommate?” or “How can I get organized, save some cash, and not gain my ‘freshman fifteen’?” This blog is meant to help you answer those questions.
Preparing for Roommates
Ever had to share a room before? Ever had to share a bathroom? Well that’s the life of a college student who chooses to live on campus. In most colleges nowadays, if you choose to live on campus you are also choosing to share your living area with another person, if not more than one other person. Preparing for a roommate, or roommates, is very important. There are a few things you should consider when preparing for a roommate. First, communication is key. Before you even arrive on campus, it’s important for you to talk with your future roommate. Reaching out to your roommate beforehand will make meeting one another a lot smoother. Second, sharing is caring. That doesn’t mean that you have to share all of your personal items and borrow your stuff out all the time, but it is important that you learn to share the space provided evenly. If you don’t, there will be tension between both you and your roommate. Finally, remember to smile. Not only is communication and sharing important, but having a friendly character is also very important. Just a simple smile will say a lot about your character, and in return, your roommate just might return the same kind gesture.
Organization is Underrated
Making sure that you are staying organized is extremely important for a college student. There’s two main reasons to keep yourself organized. For one, having organization today equips you for a better, less cluttered tomorrow. It would be a good idea for you to invest in a calendar or a planner. Getting one will help you gain some much needed organization skills for a student in college. Shopping for them is actually fun; there are so many styles of planners to choose from. Also, getting a planner will show how responsible you are and will prepare you for a career in any place. Second, organization is about having an organized life-style in every aspect of life, and doesn’t always mean planning for the days ahead. For example, keeping your apartment clean is a great place to start and it can often result in having less stress. Having less stress means better grades and if we are being honest, less mood swings!
Sticking to a Budget
Budgeting can be hard to stick to at times, but it can also lead you down the road to becoming a millionaire. No, not everyone who budgets automatically becomes a millionaire, but it’s a great tool and if you don’t budget you are going to wish you did. It’s an important skill to have, especially in college. College is already expensive, so it’s important for you not to get caught in the drift of overspending. Making a budget of how much money you have to spend will help in the long run. Really, it’s all about spending money where your money needs to be spent. For example, choosing to buy groceries or paying for the meal-plan on campus is probably more effective than choosing to spend all of your money on fast food even if it’s Chipotle or Chick-fil-A. It is about deciding whether or not to purchase those new pair of shoes or to save for a more important cost. Don’t make budgeting a task too hard to comprehend because learning how to budget is simple. All it takes to budget is deciding where, when, and how you are going to spend your money.
Eat Less Junk
I don’t want to sound cliche, but when you eat healthier you feel healthier. There is this thing you may hear as you get closer to college called “freshman fifteen” and “sophomore thirty” and if you aren’t careful you can let that become a reality. Late night papers often end up leading to late night snacks. In fact, many students in college almost always result in going to the local fast food joint because it’s quick and easy. Unhealthy choices can often lead to poor grades, pimples, and droopy eyes during class. Snacking on junk food and going to your favorite fast food place isn’t a bad thing when its done in moderation. However, health is a choice, and students are more than capable of eating right while in college. Instead of making a quick trip for fast food because of its convenience, choose the healthier option by cooking dinner at home and actually using the meal-plan at your school; this will help your wallet and help you stick to a budget like we mentioned earlier. You can make cooking a meal fun by getting your friends together to make dinner together. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can help you focus during class. It is also important to exercise at least three times a week. Exercising and eating right can help you have a successful college experience! Believe me, you won’t regret choosing to eat healthy and neither will your body.2