Moving cities for college or higher education is something majority of us have done. Either it’s for our graduation or post graduation. Either way, very few people are lucky to get the comfort of home as well as study in the institution of their choice altogether.
To get to know yourself and build a more solid relationship with your own self, it is important to get some freedom and get away from and influence of those close to you. The best age and time to do this is when you shift out of home for college.
Here are some do’s and don’ts for when you shift out of home.
1. First and foremost acquire a place to live.
Either you can live in the college provided accommodation or look up a place outside the campus. Either way, fix your place before you arrive in a new city so that you don’t have to run helter-skelter looking for a roof over your head.
2. Don’t pack all your worldly possessions.
Carry less, carry smart. As far as clothes are concerned, carry basic stuff such as a few pairs of jeans and tee for everyday use and a set or two of formals and dressy. If mom insists on packing ghee, achaar, band aids etc take a bit of a starter kit but don’t load up your bag with all the unnecessaries too much.
Carry this Luggage to pack your bags when you go out.
3. Search for some local contact.
If you have some contacts in that city, now is the time to get in touch. It is always good to have a local contact for emergency purposes of all sorts and especially when you are entering a completely new environment.
4. Knowledege about the means of Transport.
If you have your own mode of transportation or are living on campus then well and good, else it is advisable to get to know the means of transportation and the routes. Your way to and fro from campus and your way around to all the essentials. Be a tourist in your new home town, you are going to be here for a while, might as well check out the sounds and sights while you are at it.
5. Make a few shifts within yourself.
You are going to meet new people and have new experiences, all by yourself. Reinvent yourself if that is the need of the hour, don’t stray away from who you are, rather all through high school you tried to fit in or were someone else, now is the chance to show the world what you are capable of. Be adaptable and bold at the same time. Carpe Diem!
Most importantly, have fun and use the newfound independence wisely!