7 Life Skills High Schoolers Need to Build Before College
They’ve enrolled into college, what’s next? You probably think that the only thing a high schooler needs to do before college is maintain his studying routine and do his best while there. However, there are also several skills they need to build in order not to have any difficulties while there. Some are directly linked to college, while others are mostly connected to the adult life. Let’s not forget – college is not only about education. It’s about learning how to live without parents, how to take care of yourself and become a responsible adult. Here are the seven most important skills any high schooler has to build before college:
1. Managing money
Probably the most important one, managing money is quite challenging for most teenagers. Due to the fact that this is the first time they actually have money of their own, they tend to spend a lot on unnecessary things, such as cinema tickets, endless cups of coffee, or clothes that they don’t really need. Since most teenagers are not aware of the fact that money is easily spent (and there’s never enough of it), the best idea would be to download an app that calculates their finances. That way, they will have an idea on how much they are allowed to spend that day in order to be able to make it through the week or the month.
Being organized can be extremely helpful while at college. Many teenagers just aren’t neat and organized, so teaching them a lesson about organization and planning is one of the first things you, as a parent should do (if you’re a teenager and reading this, you can do this by yourself). Making a bullet journal is not only quite interesting, but helpful as well, especially in planning your lessons, time for studying and exams.
It’s very common that many high schoolers, even those who did pretty well at school, don’t actually know how to read a college textbook, let alone pass the exams. That is why learning how to study at college is also of the utmost importance. The best way would be to always be prepared, and the time to start is now. Make sure you have all the necessary materials for the upcoming school exams, such as the best SACE notes, and start from there. That way a high schooler can be taught how to prepare for bigger exams at college, and get accustomed to always prepare in advance.
4. Taking care of themselves
If your child is heading to college, make sure to teach them all the essentials. First of all – washing clothes, as this is probably something they didn’t used to do at home, but at college they will simply have to. Teaching them how to correctly wash their clothes without shrinking them or dying them in another color should be your main focus. Moreover, make sure that your high schooler knows how to go grocery shopping, and teach them all the ways they could save a bit of money while buying food.
Even though many freshmen have already established meal plans, cooking is an essential life skill and the sooner we teach it to our teenagers, the better. This will not only help them in the future, but can also play a big role in bonding with other students. Cuisine can be a great way for students to share their culture and experiences, and the recipe for their favorite cake can make a dull college day a lot easier.
6. Finding a good apartment
Most freshmen will live in on-campus dorms, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to know how to go apartment-hunting and choose the best apartment. This will not only teach them what the necessary things to look for in an apartment are, but will also teach them about the responsibilities of signing a lease and other things that students somehow overlook.
7. Transportation basics
The chances of your high schooler going to another city to study are pretty high, and it’s very important for them to learn how to get around that new place. Let them explore maps, bus stops and bus lines or metro stations. If they’re driving a car, they should always know how to get from point A to point B. Moreover, if they’re heading to college with their car, make sure that they know everything about cars – how to put gas in the car, change tires if needed, and such.
Enrolling at a college is not the only priority of a parent and the high schooler. There are many skills that one has to build in order to become a real adult, and this is just the start.