Let’s face it, college life can be somewhat overwhelming especially if you’ve just relocated to an expensive and cosmopolitan city like Los Angeles. On the flipside, the opportunities for growth, networking, and fun that comes with schooling in such an environment can be very rewarding and virtually limitless.
Studying and living in LA is a chance you cannot afford to let it pass you by. If you’re planning to move here soon, here are a few simple tips to make the most of your time and enjoy your stay.
Familiarize yourself with your college’s credit requirements
Did you know that only about a third of students at public universities graduate in the stipulated four years? Why do so many take longer to clear from school?
A few factors are to blame for this sorry statistic but one of the main ones is failure to meet given credit requirements. Most often, students get to their final semester at college only to find out that they missed a mandatory graduation requirement or disregarded taking a key course in their curriculum.
To avoid making these needless mistakes, take some time during your freshman year to learn everything you need to fulfil to graduate. The simple activity will probably take just a few minutes but will go a long way in helping you plan the next few years of your life.
Consider sharing an apartment with friends as long as you’re compatible
It’s often said that living with close friends is one of the easiest ways to break friendships, but this is not always true. When it comes to roommate compatibility, what matters the most is how well your lifestyles match. You want to work with someone you share at least a few inclinations including on foods and the hobbies you enjoy. Issues to do with money and how much you can afford or are ready to spend on certain overheads are also worth considering at this point.
Now, assume you’ve found the right roommate that ticks all the boxes for you. Ideally, the next step would be to look for a rental apartment that suits the both of you. Some of the factors you need to agree on include proximity to your college, rent fees involved, space, and terms of tenancy – some rental agents discourage co-sharing – etc.
If you’re in LA, these apartments near UCLA by Blueground are worth checking out especially if you study at UCLA or another college nearby. The rentals are spacious, quite affordable, and come fully furnished meaning you can save on both furniture and commuting costs.
Attend your classes
You’ll possibly think that this is a no-brainer but the truth is nobody makes it through college without missing at least a lecture – at least everyone I’ve met. Problem comes when you make it a habit to skip classes even when you have no solid reason for it. For example, you don’t need to go for that night out knowing very well you’ve got an early class to attend. Sure, peer pressure is huge in colleges but knowing when to say no to your friends and learning the importance of delayed gratification will make all the difference in your studies.
Also, remember that most college professors keep tabs on the most active and committed students and this often plays a role in how you perform in their courses. So, purpose to show up to the majority of your classes and be involved in lectures – the efforts will sure reflect on your exam results transcripts.
Find ways to fight off stress
As mentioned earlier, college life can be tough. And don’t get it wrong – not all challenges or pressures emanate from schoolwork. In fact, most college goers cite finding a good balance between social life, schoolwork, finances, and a job as their main stressor.
To avoid falling into this very common trap among students, it’s important to engage in self-care activities to help you balance the stressors. For example, try going for nature walks, taking part in social and physical activities, pursuing hobbies that take you outside of the classroom among others.
Apply for a credit card
But credit cards are evil and promote debt? I can hear you exclaim! Well, I like referring to these cards as necessary evils, and for a good reason.
For starters, credit cards are crucial financial tools that help you build your credit score even while you don’t have a lot of money or assets at your disposal. Apply for one or two but always use them wisely and without wastages. You’ll be glad you did it when you’ve graduated and now have to face the daunting reality of paying bills. With a great credit score, it gets easier for you to access loans and other vital services like renting your own apartment.
How are you dealing with challenges and making life easier while in college? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.