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Hi friends! We dropped our first baby off at college last week. And honestly, this is incredible because I’m not old enough to have a kid in college –really! But anyway, the inevitable has occurred, and she’s already starting to settle into her new home. So when I talked with her today, I asked if she and her friends had any advice for the new college freshmen just arriving on campus, and they came up with 6 tips for surviving the first weeks of college.
Every new stage in a child’s life is always a major adjustment, but going away to college is definitely different from grade school and high school. And of course, living away from home and having roommates is a challenge in itself!
I wanted to give my daughter a little send-off gift, but I wanted to include her roommate and suitemates too. After all, they’ll be sharing the same living space, so why not start the year off on the right foot?
We headed to Walmart, along with tons of other nervous-looking parents who were clearly there for the same reason. We picked out some essentials for the dorm room, such as nice fluffy towels, a cushy bath mat and shower curtain, plastic bowls for snacking and then we headed over to the snack aisle in the grocery section.
My daughter chose Dr Pepper, Cheez-Its and Pringles, as well as candy and even apples for snacks. We tried to find food that the other girls would enjoy, and my daughter thought it would be nice to have some fun munchies while they talked and got to know one another.
After we left, the girls had a little getting-to-know-you session that night. They made plans, swapped ideas and they also shared advice from parents, friends and other students.
And this brings us back to the college survival tips I told you about!
Tips for Surviving the First Weeks of College
- Go to class — This seems like a no-brainer, but think about it — they don’t take attendance here!
- Join a Club or Two — This is a great way to meet new people, especially if you’re at a larger university.
- Don’t Eat Too Many Snacks — We’ve all heard of the dreaded freshman 15!
- Get Enough Sleep — It can be tempting to pull those all-nighters, but you really do need to get plenty of rest to do well in class.
- Communicate with your Roommates — Get to know each other,learn each other’s likes and dislikes, and set guidelines for visitors, cleaning duties and sharing any personal items.
- Don’t Leave Everything for the Last Minute — It’s tempting to put things off, but it’s never fun to wait until the last minute to finish assignments.
- Phone Home — Okay, this is actually number 7, and I put this in here, but from a parent’s point of view, this is absolutely essential! My daughter and I now have a system where we send a few short texts every evening before bedtime. This lets me know she’s fine, even if there’s not a lot of time to talk.
College is exciting, and it’s also incredibly expensive! Honestly, worrying about how to pay for college can keep any parent up at night, but Dr Pepper and Walmart are here to make things easier.
As an official sponsor of the college football playoffs, Dr Pepper is offering a whopping $20,000 towards tuition. This can even be used to pay off student loans!
Beginning on August 28th, you can try to win that tuition money by visiting participating Walmart locations and playing a digital game of toss football. It’s similar to what you would see during halftime at a college conference championship game.
In addition, Dr Pepper is also offering free prizes and an additional $5000 to a lucky winner in each market. That’s a nice chunk of change!
So, how would you or your favorite college student use that money?
To find out more about this chance to #WinTuition, be sure to check out the official site starting on August 28th.
And if you have any tips for college survival, I would love to hear them.
Best of luck!
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