After the long and drudgerous few months, you can take finally take a breath of relief because all those long hours of test preparations and writing college essays, you have finally made it to university! However, the job is not yet done. You have been accepted, yes, but now you need to see what’s next. A long and emotional process goes into actually getting ready for college. The endless goodbyes, shopping for your dorm (if you decide to stay on campus) and then actually moving there is an art in itself. But do not let the stress and tension of all this get to you. Because we have taken the liberty to compile for you a list of things to consider before you start your first year. We present to you the acceptance checklist:
Forecasting Your Costs and Budgeting:
Deciding the means of paying for your university is probably the most important decision you have to make after acceptance. Grab a pencil and a notebook and jot down all the possible costs you can think of: tuition, living, food and such other fees. Then consider all the income sources that you and your family have. Also, come up with a plan to get a part-time job. (This is something that is discussed later on in the article in much detail.)
Next, formulate a plan containing your average monthly expenditure to create a budget for your entire year. The estimations may seem scary but remember that there are numerous incentives and discounts given out to students. So you don’t need to worry!
On Campus Housing?
Dorms, rooms, boarding facilities or just staying at home. It is huge and quite stressful when it comes to you deciding what sort of accommodation facilities you plan on using. Because let’s face it: housing tends to be very expensive.
Most of the colleges around the world require a student to spend their first year on campus. So, what you should do is take a proper tour of the housing facilities to choose the option that best meets you needs. If however, your university is flexible about letting you live off campus, survey the area to look for places that fall within your budget. Always keep in mind that you can get a roommate who can share your apartment and help divide the costs.
Look For Work On And Off Campus And Make The Most Out Of Your Newly Acquired Contacts:
Search for working programs in your area; those allow you to get work permits to be able to find part-time employment during your studies. It is very helpful to earn some extra money to meet your financial needs as well as make you look good on your CV.
However, some countries do not provide such work permits, but it’s not the end of the world. Colleges around the globe have their on-campus job opportunities that provide you with flexible timings so that you can easily manage your studies and work. It paves the way to meeting new people and making a little extra pocket money. Make friends, join clubs and use your new networks to explore the unlimited opportunities that lay ahead of you. You never know, one connection may take you a long way in life.
Choose the major that interests you because it will stay with you for the rest of your life! Go through the catalogs provided by your university once you have decided to understand what kind of courses you will be studying. Understand the requirements and familiarize yourself with the professors.
Creating a good class schedule with flexible and manageable class timings can either make your semester or break it. Make sure you spend ample time deciding on how you would like to schedule your classes giving you enough time to work on other activities as well. Research and talk to your designated counselor to help you come up with what suits you. Ask around to familiarize yourself with the registration processes to make life a little easier. And do not forget to register early, because getting spots in the class can be challenging later on.
Orientation: Attend Or Not To Attend?
Orientation for new students is a must to attend when you are joining the college as a freshie. Make the most out of this session. Clarify and ambiguities, look around, meet people who have the same major as you. This is the best way to make yourself familiar with the campus, facility and facilities.
Go to the admissions office and get your identification number, get a beautiful picture taken for your ID, request for a parking permit (if you need one) and check out what kind of email is available for you. It is the perfect way to help you settle in.
Apply For Any Scholarships Or Grants Available:
The governments usually offer some attractive grants and scholarship policies that can help relieve your financial burden a bit. Search for any such incentives that are being offered to you. Whether you are an international student or a local one, there is always something for everyone. You can even apply for a student loan to help you pay for your college education and pay it back once you get a full-time job.
Various universities also offer financial aids to deserving students. Apply for these as soon as the application is available to benefit from it. And then you can always get a good stipend or scholarship if you manage to manage a good GPA and CGPA. Who would not appreciate a nice sum for all the hard work they put into achieving good grades!
Get Proper Insurances:
You wouldn’t want to be the person you fall sick and does not have health insurance! When starting your university, make sure to get all the necessary insurance before going. Research into what best meets your needs and then apply for it without any delay.
If you are a student traveling overseas for your education, this becomes an even more vital part of your checklist. Get a proper travel and health insurance to take care of any problems that might occur during your education. If you won a car or such vehicles, make sure that you have it properly insured because there is nothing more irritating than a banged up car and no insurance!
With so many choices offered to college students, understanding how to make sensible selections becomes significant for later accomplishment. All you need to know is that you should be confident and enjoy every part of this experience. Do not be ashamed of asking a question if you have any uncertainties. It is always better to be safe than sorry! Though it, may seem stressful now, you will look back at these memories and not help but smile. Take a deep breath and follow these tips to ensure that the process after acceptance is a little less nerve racking and a bit more fun. College is a new beginning, a new chapter. If you plan its start well, it is sure to end well as well.
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