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How to Prepare for University Life

It is almost time for people who are pursuing higher education to return to their academic careers. Post-secondary education, such as College or University can be a difficult transition for many, who are living away from home for the first time. Students have many things to consider when they decide to live in a student apartment, or off campus. Paying tuition is challenging enough. Students, who live in apartments, or residents, must have enough money to pay for food, tuition, books, clothing, and other daily living expenses. Students living in regular apartments outside of the College or University must contend with paying monthly rent and other crucial utilities as well. In addition, tuition is high, and most students are unable to pay for all of their living and college expenses.

Consequently, living on, or off campus is difficult financially. Most students have to obtain one, or two jobs to pay for their school, and living expenses. Additional tasks, such as achieving high marks, while worrying about earning enough money for food, rent, and other necessities one needs to survive, can lead to stress, and intense loneliness. Moreover, if one is not prepared for this new lifestyle, he or she might feel overwhelmed. How can one prepare for this transition of living, and studying at College or University with minimal stress and difficulties? This is a very important question students must ask, and find answers to suit their lifestyle needs.

When you have been accepted to the college, or University of your choice, discuss a financial plan, and budget with your parents, and financial advisor at your local bank. When you are discussing, and planning your goals, apply for financial assistance for tuition, and books. Financial assistance can be given by obtaining a student loan from your bank, parental assistance, or aid from the academic institution you will be attending. Financial assistance from the previously mentioned institutions and people can help ease the transition, when surviving the rigorous academic, and work schedule in your new life.

When you are buying supplies for school and new home, shop online, or in used book, furniture, and electronic stores for better deals. Don't purchase the first item you see, because you will probably find it cheaper somewhere else. Furniture, or other items you will not need, or have room to store, can be sold at garage sales. Ask your parents for permission to hold this innovative income generator at their house, and have refreshments on hand to give to those who help organize and promote this excellent marketing, and moneymaking opportunity.

If you wish to avoid the busy, and crowded living spaces on campus, look for cheap basement apartments if money is tight. You can find some basement apartment advertisements that include kitchen, bedroom, and small living space for your ten-inch television set, and chair. Renting these apartments can range from cheap, to expensive. Visit the apartment, and discuss with the owner about cost of rent. You should have your parent, or friend accompany you to insure personal safety, and a second opinion about your newly desired home.

Now that you have sold furniture, or other things you don't need to earn extra income, you should consider part-time employment. Student employment opportunities can be found on campus, or in the same neighborhood at the local restaurants, or caf'. Send these places your resume by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. Campus opportunities can be found on the college, or university website. Look once, or twice a week for new job postings on the institution's website. Register for courses that can be taken when you are off work, or after your busy day at your new job. This will relieve your stress, so you can find time to relax, and experience the social life at College, or University.

College or University should be a time in a young person's life to enjoy their independence. It is also a time in one's life when stress can become unbearable. If you plan your new life, and are prepared for work, financial, and academic responsibilities, College or University can be a beneficial and enjoyable experience.


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