Thanksgiving Break Is HERE!
As I write this post, I’m on a Bolt Bus headed back home, from busy streets of Baltimore, Maryland to the quiet neighborhoods of Randolph, New Jersey! Since I’m already pretty tired, and eager to get about three hours and forty-five minutes of sleep, I’m going to try and keep this post as short as possible. Getting ready for Thanksgiving Break has made me reflect on how much my life has changed in the past couple of months. Not too long ago I was a young, naïve high school senior, but now I’ve become a mature college freshman. In college, as far as what I have learned goes, there is of course the knowledge I’ve gained going to class every day. However, looking “big picture,” there are three things I’ve learned that could only have come from living alone in college.
1. Make a Schedule
Something I really struggled with, especially early on in the semester, was waking up every morning in time for class. In high school if my alarm didn’t wake me up, I could always count on my parents letting me know that it was time to get ready for school. Staying up late this semester, and after getting only about four or five hours of sleep every night (sometimes less), the struggle to function the next morning is real. It’s always so tempting to either hit the snooze button or to turn off my alarm altogether, but the one time I did this I woke up four hours later only to realize that it was already 1 p.m. On the whole, college has taught me to create a schedule for myself. This extends past waking up for class to organizing time on the weekends and from setting a time to go to the gym to finding time to call home.
2. Eat Healthy
At home, most of the meals I ate were home-cooked, so I could be sure that everything I put into my body was nutritious. In college, I have to trust that the food I’m putting on my plate from the FFC is healthy. Trust me, eating a balanced diet is tough because every day the FFC has a delicious assortment of pizzas and fries that simply look delicious. As to not torture myself, I usually allow myself to eat these foods on the weekends. It’s also very tempting to eat at different places around Baltimore that are on or near campus: Chipotle, Subway, Pizza Studio and Masala Kitchen to name a few. While eating out is good on occasion, I have to remind myself, that not only are a lot of these places unhealthy, but also that they don’t take meal swipes, which means that I have to spend my own money. Although they don’t take meal swipes, it’s great eating out and experiencing the various different tastes of Baltimore!
3. Manage Money
Before college, my parents paid most of my expenses. I had a job, so I wasn’t one hundred percent reliant on them, but anytime I ran low on money, I knew I could ask my parents to refill my debit card or spot me some cash. This changed drastically in college because I had no one to rely on and had to manage my own money. Before I left for college, my parents filled my debit card as well as my JCash and Dining Dollars. It was now my job to manage my finances for the rest of the semester. They say that with great power comes great responsibility, and I believe that with money there also comes great responsibility. Right now, I work at the Digital Media Center at Hopkins, so I do make money. Overall, it takes a lot of effort on my part to make sure I don’t spend the money on my debit card, my JCash, and Dining Dollars too quickly. Thankfully, thus far I haven’t.
Here’s wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!