Being On Your Own

17 Jul

Being away from home for the first time can be absolutely terrifying. It is suddenly up to you to schedule your time, make doctors appointments, do the laundry, prepare your meals, and make grown up decisions. Here are some quick tips on how to make the transition a bit less painful.

1. Procrastinating on assignments or chores can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Learn what time of day you’re most productive and schedule time for studying and homework in that time, that way you can get things when you’re actually able to focus.

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2. Going to the doctor can be awkward and confusing, but remember that they are professionals who are there to help. Make a list of things you want to cover and questions you want to ask before heading in, that way if you get nervous, you’ll have some backup. Just take a few deep breaths and try to be as honest and detailed as you can about your symptoms and what brought you in.

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3. Doing the laundry becomes second nature after a while, but it can be annoying and nerve wracking at first. Always remember to separate the clothes based on color – all the whites in one pile, light colors in another, and dark colors all together. Setting a laundry schedule can be very helpful because it ensures that there will always be clean clothes, and that there will be an actually time to wash the clothes.

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4. Make sure to eat at least 2 meals a day. When you’re busy, it can be very easy to forget about food. Food and water are important parts of the day. The union and places surrounding campus are there for your convenience, but they can be overused. Buying simple supplies like milk and cereal, vegetables, fruits, and sandwich fixings helps to break up the monotony of eating out everyday, it can be healthier, and cheaper in the long run.

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The first year of college is always an exciting and terrifying time. Everyone is afraid of making mistakes and looking like a fool, but we all have those moments, so push yourself to be a well rounded individual and ask for help when it’s needed.

-Erika

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