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"Oh mom! If only you lived in the campus you would know. It's not all that interesting and exciting to live here", my son argued. I understand his frustrations. We were having lunch in one of the popular hangout places for the university my son attended. It was lazy afternoon on a weekday. Most students were attending classes. The streets were still somewhat busy. Here, in university campuses, a busy street means a street filled with pedestrians rather than cars. Some students were having a bite to eat. Some were hanging with friends chatting and laughing away. Some were deeply involved in the books in front of them and some were working on their computers.
Student life is supposed to be the one of the best parts of a person's life. Choices are made for the future. Opportunities present themselves. A student's life can be exciting and fun even though they have to face many hurdles to have everything planned and implemented correctly. It doesn't have to be stressful if a proper structure is followed and maintained. There are several issues a new student faces as he/she enters college. Structure in life may be shaken with the new social, financial and dietary independence. Here are some other challenges:
Spending and saving money: Most students enter college with student loans, scholarships, and grants. Most parents assume the students will be responsible for their own finances even though they do help out with some of the expenses. Financial independence could put a toll on the student's lifestyle and spending habits if not monitored properly. Most students are broke financially the first two or three semesters after their entrance into the college. There are some essential expenses and non-essential expenditures that should be distinguished. Essential expenses such as food, rent or rooming expenses, books, tuition fees, and travel arrangements need to be addressed carefully in the beginning of the semester. An estimate must be made in order to know where a student is as far as the spending for the rest of the semester. Non-essential expenses such as parties, travel, holiday spending, and dating should be considered with finances in mind.