Do you ever walk on campus and see something that triggers a thought you have had in your head many times before, but yet you never feel like you can talk out loud about it?
I have come to realize that a lot of other people have those same thoughts and experiences, and are also too afraid to try to bring them up.
One topic that I have realized most people think of on their own, but don’t usually bring up is how the transition into adult/college life was a lot harder than they expected it to be.
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.
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.
So the next time you are walking down campus and a thought comes into your head that you feel no on else can relate to, be brave enough to bring it up in conversation with someone. More than likely, they will have had thought the same thing before and maybe you’ll be able to help each other out.
Until then, keep checking back to this blog for more tips on topics no one feels they can talk about!