Getting ready for college means that you have to keep all kinds of things in mind. From deciding whether to live on- or off-campus to deciding what your major will be, you might be exhausted trying to weigh the options at the forefront of your mind. However, there are plenty more decisions that might not immediately come to mind but that are definitely important. These are three things that you definitely need to keep in mind when preparing for college.
Having a Car or Not
A lot changes between high school and college, including your transportation needs. Depending on where you're going to school and other factors, you may or may not need (or be allowed on campus) a car. If you live in an area that's pedestrian-friendly with a lot of public transportation, you should definitely be able to get by without a car. However, if you're going to school in a remote area or if you have a job that you need to get to, you might prefer to bring your car or to purchase an affordable, reliable one.
Storing All Your Stuff
Going out of state for college is glamorous for many reasons, but it also comes with some headaches. Figuring out what to do with all your stuff can give you pause. It's unlikely you'll be able to fit everything you have in your dorm. Some options include donating or selling excess items or renting a storage unit. If you choose to rent a storage unit, make sure you ask the right questions before signing a lease. These include what exactly the fees are and if they're subject to change, what kind of security is in place for units, and what makes a company better than competitors.
Budgeting Your Money
Being in college is like having a trial run for adulthood, and one of the biggest ways to demonstrate your sense of responsibility is through budgeting and money management. You don't have to earn a lot in order to learn to manage your money. In fact, the less you have, the more careful you'll need to be with it. You might get an allowance from your parents or have a part-time job. Create a preliminary budget for things like food and entertainment, and do your best to stick to it.
Don't feel bad if you didn't initially think of these things. There's so much that needs to be taken care of when preparing for college, it's totally natural for some to slip your mind. As long as you take time to fill in any gaps that you might have, you'll be able to start your college career the right way.
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