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.
If you're really serious about pursuing a college degree, then you must plan your college visit. It may be hard to tell that you'll feel at home in this particular university, but you can ask questions.
Italo Calvino once argued that reading classical novels would be better than not reading them at all. The author, whose postmodernist works made him the most-translated Italian writer of his generation, would get the idea from Socrates learning how to play the flute. “What good will it do you,” the philosopher's doubters asked, “to know this tune before you die?”.
A graduate degree is always useful, but it depends on the field of study. For instance, you aspire for a long, successful career in IT. A graduate degree may or may not help you get closer to that goal. It will be a waste of time to study English literature. Why not make a mini library (of your favorite authors and literary genres) your lifetime plan? On the other hand, a BA English graduate must not think twice of pursuing an MA English degree.
You had an unconditional offer, which took lots of time and effort. It made you forget about accommodation, and you would worry about it. Home won't be a few blocks away from college. Commuting won't be an option. (You could brave the unfavorable weather, but you rather catch up on your reading list.) And there might be little time during the weeks leading to the holiday breaks. The good news is you can find accommodation on the last minute.
You're about to suffer from burnout after losing count of deadlines, not to mention the little time for preparing for your tests. You would feel like the luckiest student in the campus after you realized (during your break from homework) that Thanksgiving would be fast approaching. You may be a sensible teenager for deciding not to go home (for Thanksgiving dinner), as you couldn't afford the airfare. You would miss your family. (You promise to be home for Christmas.) You're planning your Thanksgiving break, but Black Friday won't be part of the shortlist. You don't mind the long line outside the theater, braving the cold while waiting for (the start of the screening of) «Justice League».