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Dorm room, roommate, eating, sleeping, studying, social life, cash-flow—you land on campus and suddenly all of these things can seriously impact your survival. Everyone talks about nurturing good habits, but what exactly does that mean?
Your college application has been accepted. You've found the financial aid you need. Now, you find yourself on campus, in a dorm room with a roommate, learning to balance studying, sleeping, social life and your cash flow. It is important to nurture good habits while at university, but what exactly does that mean?
Before you head off to college, learn and practice basic money management. Once you understand the value of money, how to earn it and how to budget it appropriately, you will find handling your finances while away at college much easier.
Tips for campus fiscal responsibility:
Of course the prime aspect of a successful college career is maintaining good grades. The successful college student develops good study habits, sticks to a regular study routine and puts course work before playtime. Here are a few general tips for keeping up with your college studies:
Nothing is more important than staying focused and at your peak in the classroom. Falling asleep, zoning out or missing class all together undercuts your college career, and negates all the hard work that got you into college in the first place. Keep to these rules of thumb to get the most out of your college classes:
Knowing how to write well is essential to any successful college career. Being able to clearly and concisely write about a given topic will serve you well, both in college and after you've graduated. Whatever your ultimate career goal, it will likely involve some level of writing, and being able to express yourself well will serve you in good stead in the workplace.
If you are unsure of your writing skills, and feel they may be lacking, seek out assistance on campus. You'll find you have access to many writing tutors and academic help centers that are free for enrolled students. Use these resources to your advantage. There is no shame to needing help to improve with any subject, only in refusing to take advantage of that help when it is available.
Exams are a fact of college life. They are the score-card for your college career. Many good students find taking exams difficult, not because they are unsure of the material but, because they find test-taking to be stressful. Relax and look over these helpful tips to improve your test-taking performance:
College life shouldn't only be about studying, exams and counting your pennies. Your stay at university is one of the best periods in your life, and it is definitely OK to enjoy it. Be sure to allow yourself some play-time. College isn't a walk in the park, and it's good to schedule some downtime for yourself. You may find you perform better when you allow for some light diversion.
If there is one rule of thumb however, it is "Everything in moderation". It is tempting to let yourself get carried away with campus life and let your studies slip, but try to stay focused.
Living in a dorm is a new, and strange, experience. This may your first time away from home, and it may be your first experience of having a roommate. While it may seem a brave new world, it is really not too difficult a world to navigate. Some cooperation between you and your new roommates can make dorm living a lot less stressful, a lot more rewarding.
Try using these tips to make your new dorm life run smoothly:
College can be frightening, fun, exciting and stressful all at the same time. Rule number one, 'Don't Panic'.You can get through college and retain your sanity. Establish a set of good habits and keep your eye firmly on the final goal.