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This year marks the first year of college for one of my children, as well as many friends and relatives children. June was busy with high school graduations and all those high school graduates are now headed off to college. College can be scary, intimidating, fascinating, exciting and rewarding. There are a few things you should know before you head off.
Tips on Handling the College Experience for Students:
- Do Attend all orientations. Even though they may feel boring to you, or maybe you already think you know what will be discussed, these orientations often help you get acquainted with the campus, classes, activities, events and more.
- Do get organized. College academics are much more challenging than what you were used to. You will want to keep your dorm room, books and school work all organized so that you are your most productive. Walmart has a wide variety of products available for organizing your dorm room and your life.
- Do take advantage of the resources available to you. Meet with professors, find an academic adviser, join a study group, etc. These things are there for you to help you succeed and you should utilize them.
- Don’t just hide in your dorm room. Many freshman get very intimidated and sometimes feel overwhelmed at first. Finding your groove is important, and you won’t find it if you’re constantly hiding in your room. Go out and meet people, attend events and have fun!
- Don’t procrastinate. In college the course work is much more intense. That shouldn’t scare you though, because with a little planning, you should be able to stay on top of things. Now is not the time to put off that 10 page paper until the night before the due date. You also don’t want to be cramming for a final two days before the final.
Tips on Handling the College Experience for Parents:
- Do attend the parent orientation. This is not the time to skip out. A lot of information is given to parents in that initial orientation which will eliminate confusion down the road and help keep you in the know.
- Do allow your child freedom. Now is not the time for you to expect your kid to come home every weekend or call every night. They should be busy studying, making new friends, hanging out and having college experiences you cannot give them. I know it’s hard, trust me … I’ve done it.
- Do send care packages and most importantly a send off gift each time they return back to college. Your student is going to miss a lot of things about home. They will miss everything from Mom’s home cooking, helping dad in the garage, watching movies with sister or brother, whatever. You can make their send off better by heading over to Walmart for some beverages and snacks to help keep them going. We picked up Dr. Pepper, Cheeze-It Original and a few varieties of Pringles for our send off gift.
Head to Walmart now to get your Dr. Pepper, which comes in so many great flavors: Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN, Diet Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper Cherry, Diet Dr Pepper Cherry, Caffeine Free Dr Pepper and Diet Caffeine Free Dr Pepper. So many choices, something for everyone! Did you know Dr Pepper is the official sponsor of the College Football Playoff? Right now, students who need help with expenses and tuition, can get help from Walmart and Dr. Pepper. Your student can #WinTuition for college! You could win $20,000 in college tuition from Dr Pepper!
How can I win 20,000?
Head over to Walmart and you can play a digital football toss game (similar to the real thing at a football conference champ game half time), and you can have the chance to win $20,000 in tuition. This money can even be used to pay off student loans!
Dr Pepper will also be giving away free prizes as well as an additional $5,000 in tuition to one lucky winner in each market, in select markets at Walmart locations. You can check here for the times and store listings to see if your store is participating.
With all of that out of the way, let’s close our college playbook with talking about roommates.
Tips for Surviving Roommates:
- Respect each others items. Don’t borrow or take anything without asking. Don’t assume that if it’s out you can have it.
- Be willing to share. Be open to sharing food, expenses and even other items for your dorm room. Maybe one of you purchases the TV and one of you purchases the stereo. Or maybe you split the cost of something. Head to Walmart together to grab items you can use together in your dorm room, snacks and other items that could be shared.
- Be clear, open and honest. Communication is key in a roommate situation. Especially in small quarters. If you don’t like your roommate leaving their clothes all over, be clear about that. If they watch “The Walking Dead” at all hours of the night, be clear that they should use head phones, etc. Don’t wait until things get bad, just be clear, open and honest from the start.
- Be mindful of who you invite into your dorm room. Don’t assume that because you like studying with a study group and you want them there with you, that your roommate will enjoy that. They might study best in silence. Also don’t allow your guests to get into your roommates things. They should be respectful too or they should not be allowed back.
- Try to spend time with your roommate outside of your dorm room. Maybe grab a pizza, head to Walmart for some shopping time or go bowling and see a movie together. Share your interests with one another and your friendship will begin to grow.
If you follow these tips, you should have a good start to your college life.
Don’t forget to get more information on how you can #WinTuition!
What would you and your child do with that tuition money?