Don’t Overlook These 4 College Issues
You probably realize that a multitude of factors go into having a successful college experience. College and college life is complex, and you will want to prepare for that complexity to the best of your ability. This article will take a look at some of the overlooked factors relating to college. Thinking about these factors well in advance can make a positive difference in the quality of your overall experience.
Issue #1 Surviving Dorm Life
You might feel that your worries just go on and on. After all, you have to find the right college, pick the right major, figure out what to take to college, find a college by major, etc. Surviving dorm life is a mixed up soup of all of these concerns and many more.
Many of the variables regarding college life are, to an extent, out of your control. For example, picking your roommate and deciding what your floor mates will be like is usually out of your hands. This situation is one that is largely out of your control, as you are being given new friends (and potentially enemies) who are not even your choice.
Yet, learning to deal with all kinds of people, many of which you may never have dealt with before, is a major life experience. One good way to survive dorm life with your mind and spirit intact is to embrace this as a learning experience, and make yourself scarce when everything becomes too stressful.
Issue #2 Pet Friendly Colleges
Another overlooked factor is that of pet-friendly colleges. If you are very attached to your pet, then you want to know that you can bring your little ball of furry happiness along for the ride. This overlooked factor involves a little research and asking the right questions. Just don’t wait until the last moment to find out policies at pet friendly colleges.
Issue #3 Should You Study Abroad?
Why study abroad? This question is often asked too late in a college student’s careers. The end result is that studying abroad turns out to simply not be on the table. Financial and academic issues can sometimes interfere. However, studying abroad can potentially be rather beneficial, as it affords considerable life experience and is a great way to improve your resume. Is it worth considering? You bet, just try and find an option for studying abroad that works for you.
Issue #4 What to Take to College?
Imagine showing up for college only to realize that you’ve left some very critical items off your list and out of your suitcase. Feeling unprepared on this level never feels good. However, the odds are that you will be able to replace what you forgot, with one notable exception. If you have items of sentimental value or personal items that are not easily replaced, for example, a dental retainer, you might have a problem. So think ahead about what items are essential and difficult to replace, and you will avoid some serious panic.
All of the points that we have discussed in this article have a common thread. Pre-planning and organization stand as keys to making the transition from living at home during high school to living at college an easy and relatively painless one.