From High School to College

November 16, 2011

Kiara Hardin, Illinois College Freshmen

CollegeThe transition from high school to college has been hard, stressful, fun and exciting. Senior year teachers stress the fact that college is nothing like high school and to be honest it isn’t. The opportunity to be away from family puts a bunch of pressure on time management skills as well as money management skills.

Starting college, I did not have a budget plan so I found myself spending money on things I really did not need. I would go to Wal-mart and buy the expensive brand name food. Also, I would go out or order in instead of using my meal plan. Every college student that resides in a dorm has an id that has preloaded money on it for food so there is no need buy anything besides snacks. I also spent money on movies from the local movie store instead of saving money with a plan like a Netflix account.

Time management is a huge part in saving money because when there is tons of free time and when there is nothing else to do a student tends to spend money. I am involved in several activities on campus that range from student employment to volunteer services. These activities help me stay focused and keep my time occupied.

TIP 1: A student job or even a volunteer internship or research program can keep you active on campus so you spend less money AND can help you build your resume so that you can MAKE more money down the road.

TIP 2: Create a college budget! Check out the Budget Builder on YoungIllinoisSaves.org.

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