Leaving home, trying to do well academically, financial worries. Problems arise from these situations, which could affect your academic performance. No one would tell you that college life could be a bed of roses. Then again, the university staff should help you when the signs of distress couldn't be ignored anymore.
"Downsizing" is Alexander Payne's latest attempt in poking the middle Americans, but his sci-fi comedy reveals something else. Paul Safranek, an occupational therapist. agrees to be shrunk to a height of five inches. Dr. Jørgen Asbjørnsen, who discovers this breakthrough, believes this irreversible process will help reduce the global waste. The Norwegian scientist would be dead wrong, as the likes of Paul have seen other benefits.
Groundhog Day happened a few weeks ago, but you wondered if Punxsutawney Phil was right. Six more weeks of winter, which didn't seem long enough. The assignments and examinations would prompt you to pay less attention to your (cold) surroundings until you surf the Internet. There's a forecast of heavy snowfall in Great Britain and possibly the other parts of Europe.
You're studying online while beating yourself up. Work would drain what is left of your energy (for your studies), your adorable pet dog deletes the draft of your essay (assignment), and you're getting frustrated for not meeting your (high) expectations. You must breathe deeply, You should spend time with your family, who could be missing you by now. And it might be high time to leave your room.
You might look at this post with disbelief, even laugh at it. You resolve to be a frugal college student, who can live by ramen and pizza for a few years. You haven't included chips, which you'll need when you're pressured to beat the deadline for your assignment. (You also need to munch during your studies, as you prepare for your examination.) And you're capable of adding a little variety to your menu. (Fancy instant ramen anyone? Easy pizza?) You can do much more.
There's pressure to observe Valentine's Day, dating or not dating. Some students are thinking of skipping meals, so they can have dinner at a nearby fancy restaurant. It didn't occur to them that they need calories before (or during) paper writing. Some students don't like the public display of affection (PDA), reminding them of their singleness. They consider (attending) a seminar, but they must buy plane tickets.
Experience is the best experience, and college students don't know the real cost of getting an undergraduate degree. (Tuition can be determined right away, but not food, transportation, and unexpected expenses.) Budgets get tighter around the time when monthly rent must be paid. If you're living in a dormitory, then you must have heard of Whatsapp fights over unpaid bills. There are other apps, like Splitwise, which can help students manage their expenses, but it might not be effective in the long run.
Fun is a teenager's favorite word, and college life would be dull without it. Fortunately for college students and applicants alike, college clubs and organizations provide lots of it. If college students are really honest about themselves, then there's a possibility of not giving too much importance (and money) into college education. After all, there aren't too many places to be away from the prying eyes of parents.
It's easy to make a long list of New Year's resolution, even easier to break it a few days after New Year's Day. College students must learn to make a resolution on this one, and there's more than one good reason to do it. If you've been struggling with the coursework, then New Year can be your turnaround. You're in your late teens, so it's high time to be responsible for your actions.
It's that time of the year when you must tell the world that you won't be available. You shouldn't be completely available. It may shock your coursemates, even your parents who are looking forward to seeing you. You can assure them that you haven't seen "Home for the Holidays", even if they don't have a clue about Jodie Foster's film.