Monday, August 12, 2013

Broke college student syndrome

Hey there everyone! I know I know I know that I am not the only one suffering over here. Food is expensive. Phone bills are expensive. Rent is super expensive. Tuition? Crazy expensive. Textbook? The same. Although it may feel like you're spending and spending and just not making enough and life sucks and you just want to drop out, there are some SERIOUS benefits of being a so-called "broke college student". So don't lose hope!

  • College/University services
    • Schools offer soo many amazing services. There's counselling services, academic advising, tutoring, health services, usually there's centres for women, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilties, etc. There's tons of people whose job is to help you out! Take advantage!
  • The people you meet
    • Schools are huge with lots of people. There's lots of clubs and teams you can join to make many friends! Also simply going to class is another great way to meet friends! And don't forget about the professors! How often do you get to meet with a pro in your feild of interest and just pick their brains for advice, for how they got to where they are, etc. Most profs are happy to help their students. They also make a great reference, even better if you visit them often and really show them your interest and effort!
  • It tests your creativity
    • now this is a big one. Well at least for me it is. I like well decorated rooms and I like fancy (ish) food and drinks. There is no way I can afford to fancy decorations and ingredients that I want. So what I must do is get creative! Use mason jars with pages of magazines in them for storage and decore, use paint chips instead of cardstock, use potatoes for mashed potatoes, hashbrowns, perogies, fries, and in stews. Re purpose old furniture, make pretty garland with junk you already have, make your own shampoo and conditioner, etc. Lots and lots of ways to get where you want without spending the big bucks
  • A place to hangout
    • Schools have libraries, cafeterias, cafes, study rooms and lots of little nooks here and there for you to sit back and relax, to study, to read, draw, write, whateva! This is especially helpful if you could use some time away from the roomie. 
  • Shows you who you really are
    • Who are you without your parents always there lending you money? What about when it's you who has to cook, clean, go to school, run errands AND work? Are you the kind of person who has become too reliant on others, or are you already there? You'll learn this very very fast.
  • Investment
    • you are making a serious investment here. Spending all this money, time and effort to get an education. Then get a job, pay all that money that you spent off and earn enough to support the lifestyle you want. And this is why it is super important to go to school for something you absolutely love. Who cares if you're in your third year but want to switch programs? Or if you're in your mid-twenties and only in your second year. If you don't like your program, switch to something you do. It's that simple. If you absolutely love the field you're in, you'll be happy with this huge investment.
  • You learn a lotttt
    • You obviously learn the curriculum: the stuff in the textbook, the things in the lectures, your prof's notes. etc. And by the time you graduate you'll have taken loads of courses in your field but also have taken some electives. I'm a psych major but I also know about Ancient Egyptians, some things from Japanese culture, how to use a hand drill and lots of other random things. Some useful, but most are just interesting things. You also learn study habits, random tidbits from profs, how to deal with profs you don't like, how to manage your time better, etc. 
College is an experience you will never forget (at least I'm told). If you love it, stick with it. All the bumps along the road will be worth it, I'm sure of it :)

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