Hello there fellow readers! Welcome to my blog.
A few months ago I started on my journey through the beginning of “adulthood.” College has been an incredible experience to start. But I have quickly realized that there are topics out there that as a college student I encounter everyday, but no one seems to want to, or feels the need to discuss.
I have decided to take it upon myself to talk about these things. That is where the title of this blog comes in, someone has to say it. If no one else wants to, then I will! So here we go, I hope you enjoy the journey.
As I said earlier, I recently came into what is called adulthood. It is a crazy thing where you’re thrown into the world all on your own and are expected to know how to handle it. It can be fun at times, and completely overwhelming at others.
In a recent survey conducted by The JED Foundation, they found that 60% of first year college students felt they were not emotionally prepared for college. No one really tells you how hard it can be to leave home for the first time. College/Adulting can be extremely overwhelming, and if you don’t find a way to cope with it, it can be dangerous for you and your health.
I have come up with three points that I hope will help some to know more about what to expect, and I am here to share them with you today.
3 ways to make the transition into being an adult a little less overwhelming:
1. Come with the knowledge of how to work basic household items.
You will eventually need to wash your clothes at sometime during the semester. Make sure you know how to work a washer, which clothes to wash together, and where and what the dyer lint vent is (VERY important if you don’t want the dyer to catch on fire).
Also know how to clean up after and take care of yourself. Know how to load dishes in a dishwasher, sweep the floor, change a tire, etc.
Coming with a pre-knowledge of these things will alleviate a lot of stress. One less thing to worry about learning to do! Here is a blog with ideas on how to use these skills in college to keep organized.
*Keep in mind when you move in with roommates that everyone was raised differently and be accommodating with that. It is very important to remember that you don’t just have to worry about if what you’re doing affects yourself, but also how it will affect your roommates.
2. Attempt to love and embrace all aspects of independence
So many people are excited about moving out and living on their own for the first time. It can be fun to not have Mom there to tell you to finish your homework before you go out with your friends.
But being independent also means realizing that when you get sick, you are going to have to call the doctor or campus health center yourself and take yourself in. Don’t expect your Mom from 3 states away to call for you. This is something that I think a lot of people don’t realize they will have to do. It can be nerve racking, but you can do it. I believe in you! Here are some ideas on how to become more independent.
3. Time management is a real thing, and without it you will not survive.
Taking a full credit hour load, possibly having a job, and maintaining a social life can be very difficult to manage.
In order to stay sane, write down everything you have to do. I personally have found what works best for me is to use a personal planner to write down everything that I have to do. Then I also start everyday with writing a to do list of everything I need to accomplish in that day.
I promise you that if you take the time to get organized, you will feel a lot less stressed and emotionally strained. Here are some more tips for time management.
Well there you have it! I’m not going to lie, starting off on your own can be hard and emotionally exhausting. But you can make it a little less overwhelming if you go into it prepared for situations you know you are going to face.
Thanks for reading! Come back soon for more college topics that need to be heard!