How To Learn
That financial aid refund is nice when you receive it, but guess what…it doesn’t last forever. Don’t blow it new accessories, clothes, Starbucks or any of that other sort of stuff. As tempting as it is, don’t look at this check as free money. Outside of college, gimmies like that don’t come very often. Instead, create a spending budget for yourself, and put part of it into savings. Trust me, right out of college, rainy days will come, and they will pour.
This may be one of the biggest reasons that college students fail. Time is something that is limited, and you have to spend it wisely. That may not be original, but it’s true. Sleeping, Class, and work are non-negotiable when it comes to planning your day. Studying, Eating, and other free time things, while important, are the things with a little wiggle room. Prioritize your tasks, and give yourself enough allotted time to get things done without having to rush around. Break your studying up into small, manageable parts. It’s less overwhelming, and it gives you time to do other things. Believe it or not, studying this way can make you more successful.
Little-by-little, it’s time to break away from Mommy and Daddy. Is it scary at first? Damn right. Still, take small steps to being independent from them. They can’t support you forever. Start with a part-time job to build from the saving you put away with your refund if you got one. This way, you have a steady stream of income, and a little cushion for bigger investments (like an apartment).
Who You Are
This is the most important lesson that you have to learn. Your in college now, making you about eighteen (or you will be soon). Guess what? You’re an adult. No one can speak for you, legally, financially, or otherwise. It’s all you. You have to learn who you want to be, what you won’t tolerate, and what you want to do in life. It won’t happen overnight, but with the other four things you learn, that picture of you should become more clear.
Written by Lauren Dinkens