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5 practical skills to learn before college

November 22nd, 2013 | Ian Richardson

When you’re living at home, it’s easy to take for granted everything your parents do for you. However, coming to college has a way of helping you realize just how much Mom and Dad do around the house.

While I’ll admit that my parents can never be replaced, during college I’ve had to learn to do a thing or two to get by without them by my side. With that in mind, I’d like to offer you a list of five useful skills to pick up before jumping into life in a residence hall:

1. How to do laundry

It’s good to get the basics of laundry down now – it will mean fewer shrunken shirts and pink socks (been there…) later on.

2. How to make some simple snacks

Ramen noodles and Pop Tarts can get old pretty quickly, as can Taco Bell and take-out Chinese. Not to mention that eating out all the time can get expensive. Learning to make a variety of simple snacks will help you get through the late-night hours when the dining hall is closed and hunger strikes.

3. How to maintain your car

What happens when you get a flat tire? How do you know when you need an oil change? Whether you consider yourself car-savvy or not, either way it’ll come in handy to know how to handle the basics when you are the only person caring for your vehicle.

4. How to keep stuff clean

At college, there’s not always someone to tell you to change your trash bag or pick up those dirty clothes (and the idea is to do it before someone else notices the smell). When those beloved biweekly room inspections come around, you’ll be thankful that you’ve gotten into a habit of cleaning things regularly.

5. How to manage your time

In college, learning to use a daily planner or calendar of some sort is almost a must. Because if there’s one skill that is essential to college, it’s time management. With more of the studying done outside of class than in high school and nobody there to tell you when to do your homework or when to go to sleep, it’s now up to you to get yourself organized to get the most out of your busy days.

There you have it, five simple ways to get started preparing for life. Start learning now, and who knows? Your parents might be the ones missing what you do around the house after you move away.

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Ian Richardson

English Major | Class of 2015

Ian is a senior English major from Afton, Iowa. He lives in Scott Hall and writes for the Evangel University website and the Lance. Ian says the thing he loves most about Evangel is the sense of community.

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