The years leading up to true adulthood are some of the most critical years in a person’s life. It’s during this period when you truly start to figure out who you are.
For many teens, graduating high school not only marks the end of a school era but an end to childhood as well. For most young adults, going to college will be the first time they left home for an extended period of time.
This life-changing experience will test everything they know, all the way down to their core values and beliefs.
As exciting as living on your own may sound, it can be quite terrifying at times. It’s almost like you turn into a full-blown adult overnight. Things you didn’t know you had to worry about (like saving money, cooking dinner, and living a healthy life) now seem like a full-time job.
Luckily, there are quite a few college hacks that can save you time, money, stress, and multiple headaches. If you find this list helpful, please feel free to SHARE it with your high school pals and college classmates.
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Dish Rack Filer
There isn’t much space when it comes to dorm living. That’s why it’s important to utilize every inch you have.
Instead of buying a bulky filing cabinet, try using a small dish rack instead. Place your files in the area that would normally hold plates.
This new and improved way to store files will help you stay organized and keep your desk neat and tidy. You can also store pens and pencils in the area that would hold utensils.
When you are a college student, you don’t normally have extra money lying around.
One great way to cut your monthly expenses is by doing your own highlights and touchups. Simply spraying your hair with a mixture of water and lemon juice before you leave your house can help lighten its color.
Or if you have roots showing, try covering them up with eyeshadow or mascara.
Decorate your Dorm
Once you graduate high school, counting down the days until college starts may seem like a lifetime. However, once you finally begin your college experience, you may find yourself feeling homesick.
Decorating your dorm is a vital part of the college experience. You want to make sure you make your new home as comfortable as possible.
Hanging up pictures and bringing some familiar items with you can make your dorm feel like a home away from home.
Stock Your Fridge for Free
One rule of being a college student is this:
Never say no to free food.
If you visit your grandma and she wants to send you home with leftovers, just take them. You’ll regret it later if you don’t.
Another great way to stock your fridge is to take an empty container when you go to the cafeteria. Instead of throwing away your half-eaten sandwich, save it for later.
And don’t forget to grab extra napkins on your way out!
Thrift Store Shopper
Shopping at thrift stores is a great way to find cheap, unique items.
One of the exciting things about shopping at second-hand stores is that you’ll never know what you may find. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Also, try selling your unwanted clothes to your local Plato’s Closet. The second-hand clothing store is a modern take on Good Will or Salvation Army.
They will pay you cash for your gently-used clothing items. They are also known for selling name brands on the cheap.