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Living on your own - college edition

As a first time college student living alone, there are several important skills that you need to have in order to thrive and succeed. Here are some key skills to focus on:

  1. Time management: Managing your time effectively is crucial in college, where you will have multiple responsibilities and demands on your schedule.

  2. Budgeting: Living on your own requires financial responsibility, so it's important to know how to budget your money and manage your expenses.

  3. Cooking and meal planning: Learning to cook simple meals and plan your meals in advance can help you save money and eat healthier.

  4. Cleaning and laundry: Keeping your living space clean and doing your own laundry are essential life skills that you will need to master as a college student living alone.

  5. Conflict Resolution: We have all been there, having conflict is normal, and now that you are in a different environment meeting new people that do not share the same values, conflicts will arise. Being able to maneuver conflict without it affecting you emotionally and mentally is a skill you need.

  6. Communication: Being able to communicate effectively with your roommates, professors, and other peers is important for success in college.

  7. Problem-solving: You will encounter many challenges and obstacles as a college student, so it's important to be able to think critically and come up with solutions to problems.

  8. Self-care: Taking care of your physical and mental health is important for success in college, so make sure to prioritize self-care activities like exercise, relaxation, and socializing.

  9. Adaptability: College life is full of unexpected changes and challenges, so being adaptable and flexible is important for success.

  10. Goal-setting: Setting clear goals and working towards them can help you stay motivated and focused in college.

  11. Independence: As a college student living alone, it's important to cultivate a sense of independence and self-sufficiency, so that you can thrive in this new environment.

  12. Forward Thinking: Internships, extracurriculars, they all still matter especially in college. You need to make sure you create a plan that will give you a head start on your CV.


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