Five Need-to-Knows Before College

Rylie Guthrie

College is much different than high school. There are more responsibilities, need for self-discipline, hard work and independence.  Here are five basic need-to-knows before you go to college that can make the experience much easier.

  1. Laundry

Believe it or not, some high school students still don’t do their own laundry, including myself. When you get to college, laundry is going to be a major key to being successful throughout the week. Primarily, you want to know the basics such as, separating darks and lights, whether to use cold or hot water, how to get a stain out, and what needs to go in the dryer and what needs to air-dry.  These are significant need-to-knows unless you want your white shirts to turn blue.

Balancing your time

A wide-range of students (especially freshmen) don’t know how to balance their time. Sometimes students seem to get caught up in the social aspect of college and in turn, they fall behind on school work. Pulling an all-nighter is a common occurrence throughout college. Make sure you stay on top of your academics, it is way more important than a night out with your friends. Thomas Reynolds, North Attleboro High School Senior says, “It’s important because you want to be able to enjoy the college experience but at the same time you are there to get an education for your future, so you want to have an even balance between schoolwork and the college life.”

Managing your money

It is important for college students to live on a fixed budget, which means your financial plan does not change. It is essential to get a credit card and/or a debit card. Having a credit card does not mean you have an unlimited money supply, but you should purchase items here and there so you can maintain a good credit. Make sure the payment is placed when it is due or you will collect interest, which leads to debt. You will have enough of that after college from student loans, so don’t make a small purchase become a problem.

Study Skills

Learning how to study can be a crucial part in academically surviving college. It can be difficult for some people who don’t particularly know how to study all on their own. College is where you find what works best for you as far as studying goes, including: what time you should head to the library, if you should use index cards for every vocabulary word or if you can just look at them and memorize it that way. There are all types of things that could work well for you but not necessarily for others, and vice versa. Make sure you aren’t scrambling around the night before a test trying to study because it can lead to a high level of stress

Plan For Your Future

You don’t need to know what you’re doing for the rest of your life before college. You might apply to go into your freshman year as undeclared, take a couple of classes and figure everything out off of that. Find your interests, hobbies, dislikes, and everything in between to truly find yourself. You don’t necessarily know who you are going to be or what you’re doing for the rest of your life as a freshman. Find yourself and have fun.



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