Life on campus offers a lot of temptation for the unwary students. And you absolutely have necessities that take up a large portion of your college fund, such as lifestyle and clothing, furniture to decor your own dorm, class/lab fees, food and entertainment. Moreover, you have things to prepare before you start your freshman year.
Fortuitously, I’ll start college in a few weeks from now. I’ve just made a list to prepare for my freshman year, so I wanted to share it with you guys. Let’s get started!
Setting Up Your Laptop
Laptop is now anyone’s necessity nowadays. It’s used to save our files and stuff. Yeah, it’s very useful but have you ever thought about the worse? What if your laptop has a meltdown and your phone goes for a swim? You may think it’s too far to think so but we have to anticipate. I decided to install OneDrive and DropBox. I use online storage to save my files because I still can get my files anywhere and anytime I want even though the device isn’t mine. You also could use a hard disk or another external storage but I think using online storage is the most efficient way to save my college fund.
Weekly Food Budget
Make a weekly food budget and stick to it or you can cook to save more money, cut out any unnecessary restaurant spending, eating out can jeopardize your college fund for Neptune’s sake. And for drinks, instead of drinking coffee, smoothies and stuff, mineral water is healthier anyway 🙂
The price of textbooks could be outrageous and you don’t use them for a lifetime anyway, just because your professor asks you to get it, doesn’t mean you have to get the original one. You can :
– Go to your college library
– Buy a second-hand book which is cheaper
– Google the books you need and download the PDF/e-Book
– Or maybe you could rent it to bookrenter.com
Thankfully, I got a scholarship in a college I’ll be going to and seriously, scholarship and grants can help you reduce your college cost. If your performance in college gets better than ever, you could get a full scholarship in time. Just keep the good work!
Be Active in Professional Organizations/Clubs
Because joining and being active in a club could align you to your career path. Just be active, be productive and you’ll see!
Decide What You Want To Be After College
Go to career center in your college and ask them how to pursue your dream like where you want to work at, what position you want to be and how much salary you’ll get in the company you want to go to for certain positions, etc because the earlier, the better.
I hope those tips will help you to survive your freshman year! I’m excited and nervous at the same time but the more I think, being a freshman isn’t that bad, it’s a challenge that we need to face to take our feet out of its comfort zone and feel the new things, because that’s where the real life is. Good luck with everything! 🙂
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