8 Tips for students going away to school

August 13th, 2012  |  Insurance

It’s almost that time of year again. September is only a few weeks away. You know what that means; it’s time to go back to school. And for many going to university or college, this means moving away from home for the first time.

Going away for school is an exciting time. You get to experience a new school, a new city, meet new friends, and get a sense of freedom to go out and explore the world on your own accord. However, if you want to get the most out of the experience from an academic and social perspective, there are a number of tips to consider:

  1. Expect an adjustment period: Going away for school is a big change in your life both socially and academically. So, don’t panic if you get a little lower of a grade on your first assignment.

  2. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Everything is not going to go according to plan. Unforeseeable things will occur, so be prepared and always have a plan B.

  3. Study consistently: Studying a little bit each day will help ensure you are prepared correctly for all your tests.

  4. Eat relatively healthy: We have all heard of the freshman 15. To avoid this, try and eat relatively healthy while away.

  5. Don’t forget to exercise: Exercise is not only important for your physical well-being, but also for your mental health. Plus, exercising is a great way to reduce stress and take your mind off of studying.

  6. Make time for fun: Make sure you schedule in time for fun and time to relax. You can’t focus on school 100% of the time.

  7. Manage your money wisely: Don’t forget that you have to make your money last for the entire school year. Remember, if you need financial assistance, you can always apply for OSAP.

  8. Stay connected: Just because you are away at school, it doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch with friends and family. With technology like Skype and other social websites, it is much easier than in the past.

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