By Alysha Gomes, Toppel Peer Advisor
It’s hard to believe that college kids do not rely on
themselves, but, the truth is, most of the time they do not. Some live at home
with their parents, who cook their meals, clean their rooms, and make sure
they're always on time for everything. Some live in the dorms where their parents
call every day to check up on them, know all the due dates of their homework
and make sure they meet them, and add money to their bank account whenever they
spend too much shopping.
Now I am
not saying any of this is wrong because it absolutely is not. I wish I were one
of those college students; however, one day even those students will have to
move out and start their own lives. They will have to learn how to rely on
themselves and not ring their mom's phone every time something goes wrong.
just a few tips I have picked up along my journey that I wish someone had told
me ahead of time.
1. GO TO CLASS!
You or your parents
pay a very large sum for you to be taking the class so you need to be there. As
tempting as it might be to skip because you're tired or think you have more
important things to do, DON’T.
2. Wake up to your alarm.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I have shut
off my alarm in my sleep and missed some event I wish I had not. Whether you
miss a class, club meeting, or even a get together with friends, it will still
take a toll on you. You said you would be there, so be there.
have a back up plan!
You never know when something will go wrong.
Your friends might bail; you might miss your transportation method, or even
unexpectedly become ill. If you have a plan A, B, and C, you are most likely
going to accomplish the task, regardless of what life throws at you.
4. Get a job!
You are not always going to have access to your
parent’s bank account. You might as well start early so you don’t have to worry
about getting a job that will pay all your bills. Start with a job you like,
regardless of the pay, and learn good employee habits. Be on time, polite, and
hardworking. Soon that job will lead to one in which you can actually support