Moving away from home for the first time? Sure, it can be scary to think of all the responsibilities that are going to fall upon you.
But, hey, let’s not forget the freedom and independence that comes with it, along with an opportunity to learn the necessary life skills that are required by every individual.
Following are the top 5 ways to help you settle in a completely new place, the university, and make it as homely as possible.
- Organize your personal belongings and categorize
Being in a hostel all by yourself can be troublesome at time. It is very common to lose things or being unable to find them on time because of all the chaos. The best way to prevent such a situation to arise is to keep everything organized!
The easiest way to stay organized is to, from the beginning, assign a place for everything and mark them accordingly. This way you will never forget where a particular item is kept. Categorize items according to their use, such as keep a table organizer for stationery items, a basket for all the daily toiletries, a makeup bag for your basic skin care and beauty products, a laundry bag for dirty laundry, and so on.
Another thing to make sure is that you keep everything back at its allocated place after use. This will not only keep your mind at ease but would save a lot of time. And as it is said, for every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned!
- Make a schedule
After coming to a University, where parents can’t track your all-day activities, students tend to mess up their routine by which not only their academics suffer but also their health. It is important to take control of your time and keep a balance between maintaining your social life, academics, and health.
It is quite necessary to give adequate time to each of the spheres. For that, make a schedule, a realistic one, which you know you can follow. Ensure you are engaging your time in the most fruitful manner and leading a successful college life.
You need to ensure you are getting 6-8 hours of sleep to avert falling sick on a regular base and missing out on the important classes/activities. Give a suitable time to physical activity as well, and be consistent about it. It is also important to not miss classes and fall short on attendance. Do keep a regular track of your attendance, so that it doesn’t come back biting you in the end.
- Learn how to share and make friends
College life means new choices, new lifestyle, and new friends. You need to be sharing with your peers because you would be spending a considerable amount of your year with them. It is extremely important to create a comfort zone in the place you are living.
You need to make cordial relations with your peers, as well as your seniors and juniors. In a hostel, you may need people beside you to help you out during tough times, and during this period, you may make the best of your friendships. Hence, it becomes imperative that you don’t bother sharing your things with your peers, as it will help you create closer relations and build a feeling of belongingness in a strange new place.
- Take care of your diet
It is extremely essential that you maintain a healthy diet. You need to ensure that you don’t eat a lot of unhealthy and junk food. It is one of the most usual habits of a college student to eat out on a daily basis which reduces the nutrition intake in the body, making it lethargic and weak.
To also ensure that you aren’t falling sick too often, take at least 3 full meals in a day along with 8-10 glasses of water. Download an app in your phone that reminds you to drink water. It is your own responsibility to keep your body fit, and for that, you need to follow a healthy schedule.
- Explore the place and account your expenses
Make yourself comfortable with the hostel, and the new life. Roam around and explore the place, so it does not feel bizarre, and you don’t feel homesick.
Make friends with the locals, visit different places and get to know more people. Another important thing is to keep an account of your monthly expenses. It will help you in managing your budget for the month, so you don’t end up overspending.
These were a few advisees that you should take up to settle into a hostel, however, the list is not exhaustive. Though, the most important thing to remember while living in a hostel is to have as much fun as you can, make incredible memories at this time will never come again.
Go to new places, take up new adventures with your friends, and build your experiences that you can look back to. Make a checklist of what all you want to do in your college life. College is where you learn, teach, and achieve. So, make the most of this time while you are living it, and remember that college might end, but these memories won’t fade!
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