How can a student manage living a college life style while simultaneously working and keeping up with day to day living?
Moving out of my parents house is scary and I can get anxious about the unknown. There is A LOT of unknown.
Fantastic query! I can totally relate to your situation as I had the same feelings when I was wrapping up high school and contemplating heading to college that autumn. Looking back, I'm profoundly thankful for my college journey.
Firstly, it's a good idea to compile a list of essentials you'll need to take along to college. Have you decided where you'll be staying - in a dorm, off-campus, or perhaps at home while attending college? Once you're there, just take each day as it comes. You'll naturally develop a routine that works best for you.
I didn't rush into getting a job immediately. Instead, I allowed myself a semester to adjust to the new environment and understand the rhythm of college life. Later, I found employment both off and on campus.
Remember, every other freshman is navigating the same uncharted territory as you. The faculty is aware of this and there's plenty of support available on campus once you arrive. Maintain an optimistic outlook and all your uncertainties will be resolved in due course. There's no need to worry - embrace this exciting journey! It'll fly by quicker than you think!
Wishing you all the best!
IF you need a college degree, ALWAYS.... 1st - local community college for two years - they're the same credits but MUCH LESS expensive - and easier to juggle work & school while parents are helping to support you, 2nd - then transfer to the IN-STATE University to finish Bachelor's degree. You'll save a ton of money this way. Less need for work if you're not spending as much. IF you end up with student loans, the career field you choose had better have the income to justify the debt load - AND the ability to pay it back as fast as possible.
A rather successful lawyer friend of mine one said, "Live like a lawyer in college (rich). Later, you'll live like a college student (poor). Live like a college student in college (poor). Later, you'll live like a lawyer (rich)." There's plenty of fun and awesome experiences to have while in college without spending a lot of money.
Manage time well. Don't schedule based on when work is due. You'll always be behind and pressured with the next deadline. Rather, follow a set schedule of X hours of classes, Y hours of study & assignments, Z hours of work, A hours of personal life, and B hours of sleep. "A dream without a written plan is just a wish! Write down your schedule and live with it!
In regards to college, meticulously plan out your day, keep on track of all assignments, deadlines and exam dates. I used to study on the way to work and after work on the weekends. I would only have college four days a week, and worked three days a week and I was able to manage it. It is absolutely do-able! One warning is you have to be strict with your time, cut out non essential things (especially close to exam time) such as social media or reality TV.