Life Skills written in colored markers in notebook with crumbled paper balls

3 Important Life Skills Students Need to Learn Before Going to College

It helps to have certain life skills under your belt before you go to college. Mastering these three before freshman year starts will make your life easier!

College is the time to venture out and experience diverse affairs in a safe environment overflowing with other people on a parallel journey to yours. Building life skills to help you make the most of your post–high school years can lead to a content college experience—a time you can truly enjoy. Such practices range from learning how to do your own laundry to building mindful habits for your well-being.

As you embark on this new chapter in your life, be cognizant of the fact that you now hold responsibility for yourself and your deeds. What you do can and will have positive and/or negative effects on your condition; therefore, it would be advantageous to consider and develop the following life skills necessary for a beneficial education and experience in college.

1. Healthy everyday habits

As you move out and start living on your own, competency in general tasks such as cooking and cleaning facilitates a healthy lifestyle for you to prosper. Though cooking may be seen as a way to simply acquire sustenance, it can also be a form of self-care. Cooking and baking are great alternatives to dealing with stress while also making sure your body receives the energy it needs to function to its fullest. A common struggle for college students is eating healthy food consistently while staying on budget. Healthy eating and the value of prioritizing how much money to spend and what to spend it on are both significant skills you’ll need throughout college and beyond. Organization also plays a role in limiting your stress at university. As the saying goes, a clean space makes a clear mind. Maintaining the appearance of your surroundings—while simultaneously consuming fueling food—will improve your productivity and, in turn, the efficiency of your workspace.

Related: Why High School Students Should Learn to Adult

2. Mental health awareness and self-care

Focusing on yourself and your mindset through self-care should take priority when you go to college. Maintaining self-discipline is also a significantly difficult feat, though attainable through time and self-motivation. In college, doing simple tasks that you may have previously done with ease in middle or high school can often seem harder or require more persistence and determination. Reminding yourself that it’s okay to struggle sometimes—especially since those around you are in different positions as well—is crucial in terms of self-acceptance. In addition, comprehending that your fellow classmates are at various points in their lives and aren’t moving at the same pace as you can help you overcome any insecurities and misgivings you may have about college life.

3. Social skills

Throughout college, your cognition of society will be exemplified through your communication with others and your willingness to adapt. Engaging in social activities may seem unnecessary or just like amusing events. However, they can prepare you for future circumstances where involvement with different groups of people can make or break a job opportunity, business deal, and more. Practicing the art of communication and understanding people when you still have time for trial and error can lead to an enhanced sense of socialization in the future.

Additionally, developing a sense of accountability can lead to self-reflection and a blooming internal ecosystem for your mind to foster overall. Evaluating your objects and intentions objectively and realizing that all your actions have real consequences that can affect those around you are key steps in building maturity. Embracing your responsibility for and participation in certain events welcomes mistakes and generates the ability to learn from them.

Related: Making Friends Your First Year of College: Top Do's and Don'ts

Before you set foot on campus, it’s helpful to try to understand yourself better; spend time with yourself, getting to know your body, your limits, your aspirations, and your mentality. Being in tune with yourself before you start college enables you to truly enjoy the journey. Of course, this is a time of self-discovery, but attaining a sense of self-consciousness beforehand can help you navigate college life more securely.

Start preparing for life on campus with the articles and advice in our Student Life section, like Inside an Average Day in the Life of a College Student.

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now

Tags:

About Chimbusonma Ojielo

As a junior in high school, Chimbusonma Ojielo is passionate about providing guidance to students from a student. Her work highlights relatable experiences and common questions from high school students who are apprehensive about college, leaving you feeling well informed and more prepared for the future. Chimbusonma is involved in multiple clubs and after-school activities, namely Activism Club, Model UN, and Crochet Club. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction, watching Netflix, and listening to her favorite artists.

 

Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
Jessica Rinker

Jessica Rinker

Student, Fairhaven High School; CollegeXpress Student Writer

My high school counselor introduced me to CollegeXpress freshman year. It has made such a difference in high school, and I plan to continue relying on it in college. CollegeXpress is my go-to because it addresses each aspect of being a student. There are the articles you’d expect regarding college applications and financial aid, but you will also find advice on things like de-stressing and maintaining relationships while balancing a heavy course load. CollegeXpress will also keep you updated on current scholarships through e-mails each Saturday. (They don’t harass you with any product promotion like so many other sites do.) CollegeXpress is a lot like an older sibling who has already conquered the challenges you are facing. Now, they are reaching out a helpful hand. I say take it.

Khush

Khush

High School Class of 2021

CollegeXpress is a multi-maneuver platform that has been helping students in their college applications and scholarship hunt process. For me, CollegeXpress has been a boon. I've been able to find my dream university via CX, and I've also been able to apply to thousands of scholarships through it. All the thanks to CollegeXpress for doing such a great job for free. I express my sincere gratitude to you for doing such a wonderful job. I recommend CollegeXpress without any reservations.

Melanie Kajy

Melanie Kajy

High School Class of 2021

CollegeXpress has helped me tremendously during my senior year of high school. I started off using the college search to find more information about the universities I was interested in. Just this tool alone gave me so much information about a particular school. It was my one-stop shop to learn about college. I was able to find information about college tuition, school rank, majors, and so much more that I can't list it all. The college search tool has helped me narrow down which college I want to attend, and it made a stressful process surprisingly not so stressful. I then moved to the scholarship search tool to find scholarships to apply for because I can't afford to pay for tuition myself. The search tool helped me find scholarships that I was eligible for. The tool gave me all the information I could ever need about a particular scholarship that was being offered. The CollegeXpress scholarship search tool is so much better than other tools offered, like the Chegg scholarship search. Thanks to CollegeXpress, I was able to apply to tons of scholarships in a relatively easy way!

Jeannie Borin, MEd

Jeannie Borin, MEd

President and Founder, College Connections

I frequently visit CollegeXpress to answer questions from students and parents. There are countless hot topics in admissions that need to be addressed. I enjoy reading what my colleagues post and gain additional insight from different perspectives.

Hannah Nelsen

Hannah Nelsen

High School Class of 2022

CollegeXpress has helped me look at colleges that fit my interests by taking my profile and matching it to colleges that have the programs I'm looking for. It has the ability to connect me to colleges so I can be contacted by them and look at them more in-depth to find what's right for me. Additionally, the scholarship database is super beneficial for getting scholarships for college. Not only does it help lift the financial burden of college but it shows all the opportunities available. Overall, CollegeXpress has been very helpful to me.

College Matches
X

Colleges You May Be Interested In

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK