Whether you’re waiting for your college acceptance letters to come in the mail or you’re currently a college Freshman half way through your first year, you can learn from a few tips on how to survive the first year of college.
There are so many ways to get around paying full price for your textbooks each year. Sometimes it’s beneficial to buy your books and then sell them back at the end of the year, but know that there are other solutions. Companies like Chegg often offer lower prices on textbooks and Chegg sends you a digital copy while you wait for your textbooks to come in the mail. Also consider getting digital versions if your teacher allows it; digital copies are usually cheaper solutions. Then there’s always the option of simply renting. Your textbooks are nearly half the price, and someone may have taken great notes in it before you. Visit MoneyTalksNews for more ways on how to save money on your books.
The Dreaded Freshman 15
The easiest way to avoid the Freshman 15 is to have a game plan. You have to go into college thinking, “Will I fall victim to the deadly freshman 15? NO!”
The best way to avoid overeating is to actually eat more. What? Yes, it’s true. Dr. Diekman, MEd, RD says that, “Eating snacks or mini-meals after every three or four hours can help avoid bingeing,” so as long as it’s mini, snack away! If you’re really committed to dropping the pounds, Great Value Colleges has 29 more ways you can fight the Freshman 15.
Sooner than later you’ll begin to realize that less is always more. You don’t have to rebuild your bedroom from back home and you won’t “possibly use that shirt for a special occasion” that you’ve been pushing to the side for months. If you didn’t wear it back home, chances are you won’t wear it in college. To help you out, here’s The College Packing List, an entire website dedicated to packing for college. Narrow down your essentials, and thank me later when it’s time to move out.
Consider the following: The amount of money you came to college with, the amount of money you earn (if you have a job), how much you need for necessities, savings and THEN how much you have left for yourself. Try downloading the app Level Money! It updates you on your spendable budget in real-time so you can see how much you have left over for the day, week, or month!
If you’re one of the many wondering what your first roommate will be like, here’s a little advice. Set ground rules for each other in the beginning. Is it okay to have your girlfriend spend the night on the weekends? Who’s going to take out the trash? This will prevent avoidable arguments in the future. Also, try studying together! It’s a great way to get to know them and hey, riding the struggle bus is always more fun with another person. If you’re still anxious about your future roomie, Forbes has more tips for survival.
And remember, download and spread the word to download the Freenters drive to your computer to gain some extra cash. As a freshman, you’ll quickly learn that you print way too many papers to not gain something out of it (other than an A+ of course).