If you are going to start university soon, you’re probably as excited as a hobbit that’s preparing to go on an adventure. Keeping everything human, however, the university is still one of the best experiences you could go through, simply because you learn many things. Especially if you go abroad to study, it might wreck your nerves and change your life, but in the end, it will be totally worth it.
1. Hone Your Cooking Skills
Mom won’t be there anymore to cook for you, so if you want to survive, learn how to cook your own meals. Have someone teach you how to prepare your favorite foods, and don’t fret if it doesn’t turn out perfect from the first try. No one is born a natural cook everyone learns it the hard way (due to their intense desire of not wanting to starve to death). And sure, there’s the option of take-outs, but then your wallet will be the one to start starving. Which brings us to the second point:
2. Set a Student Budget
and most importantly, stick to it. That doesn’t mean that you’ll have to constantly stress about money because you won’t. You’re still a student; you need to live a little. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to blast all of the money in the first week. Think about how much you need for rent, food and try to figure out how to get the rest last for the entire month.
3. Organize yourself properly
You don’t just get accepted into college and poof everything settles itself. You need to get everything in check, your finances, your stay, your visa (if you’re studying in a different country), and every other similar thing. Sure, it might not be as exciting to do this as to pack your bags and go, but you’ll see that it’ll be worth everything once you get there. Also, don’t forget to pack your everyday items such as your study kit (laptop, notepads, and pencils) and your cooking set (pots and other utensils).
4. Look Up Orientation Programs
Orientation programs during the freshman week are probably the most chaotic and fun part of the year. That’s when the college big bosses throw all the parties and events in an attempt to get students to socialize. Get involved in the festive events and from your university gang!
5. Start Reading
Most colleges make available a list of books necessary for the courses throughout the year, so make sure that you go through it. Reading before the year begins might give you a good head start, and you’ll have more time for yourself. Believe us when we tell you that once classes start, you won’t have much time for anything else. Also, you may want to start looking for paper writers for hire online in case you need some extra help.
Moving away to college is definitely a big step, but if you prepare properly, it will go nice and smooth like a clear summer day.
All photos by Anibal Toro