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Life skills students should learn before college

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The transition from high school to college tests every item your parents, teachers, and peers could have ever showed you. Life skills range from bathroom cleaning to correctly sorting whites from pinks.

According to collegeparentcentral.com there are eight essential skills to assemble before “flying the nest.”

“Everybody has to eat and if you can cook for yourself it will be healthier and save money. If you side with the dining hall or frozen meals because you can’t cook is an unfortunate way to go.”

  1. Know how to do laundry: ask an adult the correct way to sort your clothing before fulfilling the over privileged college student stereotype of creating an entirely new pink wardrobe
  2. Learn how to cook: learning the basics of cooking will come in handy when the dining hall food just isn’t cutting it anymore. Often there is a time in college where you are living in an apartment and there is no other option
  3. Explore good nutrition: understanding that a balanced diet is important and that pizza isn’t a food group will help you bypass the ‘freshman 15’
  4. Balance a checkbook: if you have a checking account, commit to memory how to use your checkbook both online and in person
  5. Discover the significance of credit cards: many students receive their first credit card in college which is a great way to establish a credit history and important possession to have in case of an emergency
  6. Manage a simple budget: this not only helps keep track of income and expenses, it can also create a spending plan to control
  7. Use an email in a professional manner: learn the difference of when to formally address an email, such as referring to a professor or employer. This will help them get a sense of a job presence.
  8. Manage time efficiently: this idea has most likely already been drilled into your head. High school is much more structured, but in college the free time can be your worst enemy. If you want a more structured schedule in college, break projects into pieces, plan ahead and use a calendar to track events, assignments and commitments

Healthy-Diet

BCHS teachers added their opinions of some essential skills to learn. Both Mr. Brian Shaughnessy, theology teacher, and Mr. Matt Hilton, Latin teacher, believe that sharing space with a roommate is imperative. Mr. Shaughnessy said, “Tight quarters in dorm rooms can lead to high tensions even with the best of friends.”

Mr. Gary Pritts, physics teacher, agrees with collegeparentcentral.com in regards to cooking knowledge. He said, “Everybody has to eat and if you can cook for yourself it will be healthier and save money. If you side with the dining hall or frozen meals because you can’t cook is an unfortunate way to go.”

There is no doubt that there are more important life skills but learning there will aid in starting college with a successful start.

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