As a high school student, you probably pictured yourself in college and saw a focused student who was living in a nice apartment with a fun roommate. But life isn’t always what we expect it to be, and when it comes to college, many students find themselves dealing with less than ideal circumstances.
Many students find that they have to get a job if they want to attend school. Balancing school and work can not only be a challenge, it can also be a distraction. How do you deal with having to work through college? One way is to get a job that will work around your schedule and contribute, not take away, from your education. Many colleges employ students to work right on campus in administrative offices, stores, and service departments. Working on campus is easier for students because their employers understand their education comes first and they need for work to fit around their class schedules.
Student life can be hard, especially when you live with your parents. There are many different reasons you might find yourself living at home in college, but how do you deal with it? You could start by looking at the bright side. First, you save a lot of money by not having to pay rent or utility bills. These costs can add up to several thousand dollars each semester, money you would rather be paying toward your tuition. Second, you don’t have to live by yourself in a cramped apartment or with a total stranger you can’t stand. While family can be a pain, they can also be nice company because they love and support you no matter what.
Moving in with someone you don’t know very well can seem like a great idea at first, but when you are trying to get some sleep and your roommate has his loud friends over, the fun ends fast. How do you deal when you are not getting along with your roommate? One way is to be honest and open to compromise. When something your roommate is doing interferes with your life, the best thing to do is to talk honestly about it. If you don’t confront a problem directly, it will only lead to more tension between you both and complicate problems down the road. It is also important to compromise by equally considering both of your opinions and coming up with a good solution for the both of you. Setting up house rules and personal boundaries will help both of you be happier and get along better.