I’ve been pretty busy lately and had no motivation left whatsoever when it came to blogging. So when Marie offered to write a guest post for the blog, I couldn’t have been happier! I really liked her idea, and her post turned out to be even better than I expected! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. If anyone would like to guest post for A Wanderer’s Adventures, pitch me your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org! Without further adieu, enjoy Marie’s post!
Going away to college is a huge step, which brings certain changes. While you once lived carefree with your parents and didn’t have to worry about buying groceries, paying bills or cleaning the house. In college, all these chores become your responsibility. Not only will you have to take care of everything, but you will also have to make some important decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Your life after college will be influenced by the choices you made during your education period. The major you choose, the life you live, and the skills you acquire in college will define a big part of your future life.
Money tends to become one of the greatest issues for college students. The majority of students don’t know how to manage money properly, so they end up spending more than they have. This can become a huge problem in the future when you’ll have to pay off all the credit cards that you used during college. Student loans are great for covering student expenses, but you should only use them to pay for the actual college expenses like books, tuition, accommodation, food, and other necessities.
On the other hand, if you learn how to save some money every month, it’ll have a positive effect on your future life. Cut all the unnecessary expenses, and you’ll see how the money won’t be an issue anymore. Buy used textbooks, sell your textbooks that you don’t need anymore, don’t order food too often, but prepare something yourself. Little things like that can save you a significant amount of money you can put aside for emergencies. Furthermore, this is the perfect time to get used to paying all of your bills on time. Make sure you have a good credit score by not missing any payments and become a responsible and model citizen.
Going away to college will, in most cases, mean you’ll be living away from home, in student accommodation, dorm room, or in a rented apartment. Each of these options will give you a completely new perspective on life, and prepare you for the adulthood. For instance, living in a safe and affordable student accommodation in Brisbane was a big step towards my independence. Once you move from your family home, you start taking care of yourself, which means, getting your own meals, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, cleaning the place and everything else that you may have never done before. You’ll meet new people, and you’ll get to experience how coexisting with people of different cultures and interests looks like. This will affect your future life immensely, since you’ll be able to broaden your horizons and learn a myriad of new things from different people.
You’ll Multitask Like a Pro
Life in college can sometimes be overwhelming. Suddenly, you’ll find yourself running into million different directions each day, so you’ll need some skills in order to keep everything under control. This is where multitasking comes in. If you learn how to manage various obligations at the same time, your future life will be much less stressful. Just the mere thought of a term paper that’s due tomorrow and the fact that today you have an internship you can’t get out of before late evening must make you anxious. Nevertheless, with good organizational skills, you’ll be able to master everything. What’s more, you’ll have much better chances of getting a good job after college. Just make sure that all your supervisors see how good you are, and your future will be bright.
Sleeping is Overrated
There will be a period in your academic life when you’ll find yourself falling asleep at the cafeteria, on the bus, and sometimes while you wait in line at the post office. With so many tasks on your hand, and so little time, your sleeping patterns will significantly change. Sometimes, there won’t even be a sleeping pattern, since you’ll be spending sleepless nights studying, partying or finishing work. This will prepare you for the even more hectic environment at your future work. However, while for some people the lack of sleep poses no threat to their success, others will have a hard time managing everything with only 3-4 hours of sleep.
Life in college is the period that will have the biggest impact on you. It’s the time when you’ll experience many different things, travel, meet new people, learn, party, fall in love and maybe even meet the one. It’s monumental in every sense of the word. It prepares you for the future, teaches you how to live on your own, and most importantly helps you get to know yourself and figure out what you want your future to look like. Therefore, be careful while making any choices, because they can have huge consequences in the future.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a student and a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets, and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.