Going away to college can be the most incredible time of your life but it sometimes can be the most scariest. As with anything important in life there should be a survival guide to help you make it through successfully! Naturally we worry about roommates, pressure to fit in and keeping up with classes but no worries, we have the five things you must know before you hope on craziest ride of your young life.
Becoming The Subject of Cyber Slander - This can happen. It’s important to protect yourself and refrain from anything that could potentially hurt you or your reputation and character. Facebook, MySpace, Instagram and Twitter have made it very easy to shield cyber bullies from the little people they really are. Everyone is always watching and always talking, it’s important to always behave that way. Especially if you want to be any sort of public figure or representative for your school. So think twice before you grab that third or fourth drink and remember to pick your battles wisely. Sometimes silence is louder than you think.
Breaking The Bank - “The average amount of student-loan debt accumulated by graduation is nearly $20,000,” notes Tamara Draut, author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30- Somethings Can’t Get Ahead. It’s important to find the best college that is at the best price for you because in the end you are going to be the one paying for it. Literally. Austin Peay State University offers work study to students to help pay for part of their tuition. Scholarships.com also overs millions of different scholarships to help students pay for school. There is free money out there, you just have to work hard and grab it!
Gaining The Infamous Freshman 15 - Again, this can happen. Thanks to late night boozing, midnight snacks, and buffet-style cafeterias most first year college students pack on the pounds and then some. It’s important to get involved and stay active. Make use of your campus gym! It’s free and awesome! Pick healthier choices at meal time and skip out on sodas, energy drinks and other sugary beverages! Replace it with tons of water and exercise and you’ll be in good shape! No pun intended!
Not Having a Boyfriend - Friends with benefits have appeared to kill off the world of dating. Sometimes girls feel like hooking up is their only option. The big problem here is that woman don’t find hooking up completely satisfying. A national study on college women found that 44 percent of respondents felt disappointed after hooking up and 23 percents felt exploited. It has been shown that woman outnumber men on many college campuses so the odds of finding a potential boyfriend is a bit more difficult. But just because you are down in the dumps for the lack of don’t settle just for anything! Beware of guys who put partying as their first priority, flirt like here is no tomorrow and hook up with different girls on a regular basis. These are signs that this guy doesn’t want to settle down. Just wait it out, the right one will come along when you at least expect it. Timing is everything.
The Experience - The key to the best experience in college is being involved, being active and vein go pen to new things and new people. College is a melting pot of different types of faces and places. You won’t get the full experience cooped up in your dorm watching Netflix the entire semester. Be involved in your school, join clubs, try greek life attempt the debate team! You won’t get to experience all your school can offer if you don’t gov sit a chance.
College is such a crucial chapter in your life and it is important to enjoy every minute you have while you’re there! Remember to always protect yourself whether it be your body or your character! College is the chapter that is responsible for creating the person you are going to be in the real world.
So be the best version of you.