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Conquering Freshman Fears: Life Skills

Categories: College Life

Note: If you missed parts one and two of this series, see Conquering Freshman Fears: Making Friends and Conquering Freshman Fears: Academics.

Managing Finances and other Life Skills


Attention incoming freshmen: welcome to college! It’s finally time to live on your own without being constantly watched by your parents, which leaves many students fearing that they don’t know how to take care of themselves. It may be your first time doing laundry and cooking your own meals, among other things, but there’s a first time for everything, and it will become second nature in no time. Before you pack your bags and head back to the comfort of home, take a look at these tips for conquering freshmen fears.

Fear #7: I don’t know if I’ll be able to balance everything.

In college, there’s a lot going on. Between academic obligations and social endeavors, you may find yourself having trouble juggling everything you need and want to do. Eventually you will get the hang of it and know what you do and don’t have time for, but in the beginning, finding balance is something you’ll have to work at. Many students keep a calendar and update it every week to make sure that they properly allocate their time between work and play. If you are worried about balancing your time, this could be a great option for you and help you have a successful freshman year.

Fear #8: I’m concerned about managing my own finances.

When you’re out on your own, you may be in charge of your bank account for the first time, and not have your parents constantly giving you advice on good and unnecessary purchases. If you are living under a tighter budget, staying on top of your finances is incredibly important, but it is relatively easy in modern society to know where you stand. Take advantage of online banking and printable statements at ATMs, which can both give you an up-to-date information on your bank account. Many banks also offer automatic transfers from checking into savings, which can help you keep your savings at a certain level so you don’t have to worry as much about getting off track.

Fear #9: I don’t know how to do many basic skills.

Depending on what your living situation was like at home, freshman year may be your first time having to cook and clean for yourself. Though you may be nervous about taking care of yourself for the first time, you will soon realize that these skills will become part of your daily life. You will figure out how to do everything you need to do with a little help from those around you, and in no time, you’ll wonder how you ever used to rely on someone else.

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