Helpful Advice for a College Student

Ethan Flattery

College is an exciting time for young students. It is an opportunity to make a fresh start, meet new people, and get involved in activities that interest you. For many, it is the first time they are dealing with new responsibilities, from doing laundry to paying bills.

fountainoncollegecampusFor students beginning college, there are some facts you should know. Hannah Purnell has a list of ten things every college student should know. She shares helpful hints, like talking with your advisor, waiting to buy expensive textbooks. She also talks about the value of getting involved on campus and in the community. New college students should read what Purnell has to say. I found some of her facts to be true from my own experience in college. http://www.collegeview.com/articles/article/ten-things-every-college-student-should-know

For many young people entering college, they manage their own finances for the first time. It can be a daunting task, but following a budget is critical if you hope to be successful in college, and in life. Bob Russell describes the keys to wise spending. He recommends following biblical principals such as paying your tithe first, and sticking to a spending plan. If you can put into practice what Russell suggests, it will make your life a lot easier. http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/wise-spending.html

Surviving on Your Own

Living away from your parents for the first time may seem strange initially. With more freedom comes more responsibility. When it is your responsibility to keep your dorm or apartment clean, you want to get it done as efficiently as possible. Cynthia Ewer offers speed cleaning tips from professional cleaners, which will help your living area look cleaner in less time. http://organizedhome.com/clean-house/speed-clean-tips-from-cleaning-pros

As a college student, I know what it is like to get hungry after a long day of studying. In times like those, you need a snack that is inexpensive and filling. Educationportal.com describes ten affordable meal ideas for college students. Their article gave me great ideas for ways to cook next semester. http://education-portal.com/articles/10_Affordable_Meal_Ideas_for_College_Students.html

Your major doesn't have to be permanentIf you are unsure about what your major is going to be, don't worry. Many college students begin the same way. Try taking a class in the area of your interest, and evaluate your experience. This strategy has helped me to determine my major, and I encourage new students to give it a try.

For young students setting out on their own for the first time, these authors provide helpful advice. College is a fun and exciting time, so make the most of it with your studies and friendships. Keep proverbs 16:3 in mind, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed" (NIV 1984).

-Ethan Flattery 2011

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