Discover the underestimated importance of basic life skills like cooking and laundry as you prepare for college. Mastering these tasks beforehand ensures a seamless transition to campus life, especially if you're new to doing them independently. Don't underestimate their significance in shaping your college experience!
While things like cooking and laundry sound boring and insignificant, you will be doing many things for the first time when you get to college. Mastering these basic skills ahead of time will help you smoothly transition to your new life at college. This is especially true if you currently rarely do your own laundry or cook your own meals.
Don’t assume that your college will have a laundry service. Any services they do provide might be expensive and inconvenient. Consider the following questions:
Check the following skill and knowledge list to ensure you can do your own laundry when you get to school. Do you know:
Moving to a new place, even if you are staying in the same country, can still feel uncomfortable and alienating, especially if the food is very different. Many life skills revolve around fending for yourself, but consider this important question: What are your college plans for preparing food and eating by yourself? Consider the following knowledge and skills. Do you know:
Finally, the “freshmen 15” is a common phenomenon. This refers to students who gain 15 pounds (or about 6 kilos!) in their first year of college because they fail to exercise and/or maintain a balanced diet. Remember, if this is the first time you are fully responsible for choosing your meals, eat something other than burgers and pizza!
Edited by Francis Miller, based on a series of articles by Jeff Neill
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