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Surviving school away from home

I am excited about leaving home and pursuing my education... What tips do you have to help me be successful when I am on my own?

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Austin’s Answer

Hi Sarah,

This is a great question and developing a sense of personal independence is perhaps the most important aspect that you will develop throughout your four years at college. I don't know about you, but for me at least my parents really did a lot for me; they would schedule medical appointments when I was sick, would pay for my textbooks, would drive me to school, would do my laundry, and would remind me to wash my hands frequently. In college, you are not going to have your normal support network that has been there for you in the past. Sure you can always have your parents, but unless you are going to Facetime your parents 24/7, you are largely responsible for yourself.


I would start now to begin developing personal independence habits if you haven't already, meaning start doing your own laundry, clean your own room, wash your own dishes, schedule your own appointments. The sooner you get into the habit of doing these the easier your adjustment to college will be. I know that my mom had to teach me how to do laundry and the difference between hot vs. cold water and separating colors from whites (I know, really embarrassing).


I hope this helps and I wish you the best in college!!


Best,

Austin

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Start developing personal independence habits sooner rather than later.
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Nicholas’s Answer

I got to University of Alabama, coming from California, I've been in your position before and the best advice i can give is to truly find your clique of friends early. Friendship ( and i mean close close friends) are what gets you through the hard times. Also staying connected back home is truly important. But being far away can be so beneficial to maturity and independence
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Martina’s Answer

During this juncture, you will establish new friendships. Get involved with the activities, the college/university have to offer. Continue to stay focused and discipline. You will no longer have your parents in the same household to ensure that you get up on time and make it to class. This is where discipline and maturity are important.
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Daphne’s Answer

Hey Sarah, the best advice I can give you is to work hard, stay focused, don't get caught up in peer pressure, and always remember no matter what you have you family and friends to support you along the way.

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Alex’s Answer

This is both an exciting and nervous time. This is where you can truly become independent and become a new version of yourself. You will very quickly adapt to not having family. Friends and family are always one call away so its not like they are gone. Just embrace everything you can with college and have a good time while getting good grades.
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