Student Life: 11 Great Tips For Starting College/University

Undoubtedly one of the biggest steps in anyone’s life, the jump to higher education is more than a harder end of year exam and a different classroom to work in. With most students diving into a world of living on their own for the first time, the preparation for their new life can seem intimidatingly huge and perplexing. These great tips from leading experts in the field are specifically designed to help ease the transition for any student out there.

#1 Textbook Accounting


Do not buy textbooks that you do not want to buy! Most can be found through your university or local library. Check with professors to see if using an old edition is ok. I saved thousands of dollars doing this for both undergrad and grad school.

Contributor:Ā Nicole at nicoleXmdĀ (Instagram)

    #2 New Freedoms

    What I realised over the last 4 years is that it is super easy to get distracted during college. The substantial increase in freedom from high school to college and the lack of parental guidance can be quite confusing. I felt it too in all honesty from year one. New friends, new apps for communication, that constant buzz, or that constant update that I always want to check. It honestly did distract me quite a bit from studying.

    Contributor:Ā Ishan Jain, creator of 'Sidetracked' - A great app for staying focused at side tracked app

    #3 Get Organised Early On

    It's never too early to start planning for college. ThisĀ includes mentally, financially, and physically. Mentally, you want toĀ assure you're ready for college. Some are 100% sure of their career path,Ā others may need to take a year off. Financially, you want to be sure youĀ can limit the number of loans you take out or how to receiveĀ scholarships/grants. Last, physically, getting into college is the firstĀ challenge, the next challenge is staying in school. Having a healthyĀ routine is the foundation that will help you stay focused, be prepared, andĀ excel.

    Contributor:Ā Joe Potenza from evisions

    #5 Research The Facilities Available

    When taking the leap to further your education, we strongly encourage students to research the tools and resources available to them. Each institution of higher education has several resources - like academic counseling, career services, and workshops - that are available for students to take advantage of. Make the most out of your time in school by becoming well acquainted with all of the fantastic resources available to you as a student.

    Whether you're stepping into a four-year university or trade school, it's crucial to learn these resources early on so you can make the most out of your time as a student.

    Contributor:Ā Dr. Kami Hoss, Founder of Howard HealthcareĀ at howard academy

    #8 Budgeting

    College is when young adults take true responsibility for theĀ first time. Theyā€™re away from the security of mom and dad and learning howĀ to manage money for the first time. Encourage them to create a budget basedĀ on the money they will be receiving each month from sources like studentĀ loans, part-time jobs, an allowance from parents, etc. Make sure they learn how to give themselves an allowance for fun items soĀ they donā€™t feel deprived. Help them set up a free checking account at aĀ reliable bank nearby with an ATM near campus.

    Contributor:Ā Justin Lavelle, Chief Communications Director forĀ people looker

    #9 Smart Groceries

    Spending money on food is often the hardest to control, because the lure ofĀ fast food is everywhere. Put the brakes on fast casual meals, and instead,Ā make a list of items you need, price it online, then head to the store toĀ compare costs. Find the cheapest and healthiest ways to eat, and learn toĀ resist impulse items at checkout.

    Buying staples in bulk, purchasing whole produce over pre-cut produce andĀ steering clear of middle aisles ā€“ where the most expensive brand names areĀ strategically placed ā€“ will also help cut costs. If grocery shopping andĀ cooking is not an option, consider purchasing a campus meal plan.

    Contributor:Ā Bryce Lloyd, Phoenix Market President FirstBank fromĀ efirst bank

    #10 Spend Money, Make Money

    Embrace thriftiness and save in style by brewing coffee at home, carrying aĀ reusable water bottle, renting text books, orĀ utilizing free campus transportation. Even walking or biking around campusĀ will not only save money, but help students explore the area and findĀ hidden gems.

    If itā€™s still not enough, pick up a part-time gig.

    Contributor:Ā Bryce Lloyd, Phoenix Market President FirstBankĀ fromĀ efirst bankĀ 

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