Homesickness: one of the biggest issues students face when going to college.
I moved out of my mothers house when I was 21, so I was a bit older than some kids who move out once they leave high school. I wanted to take a few years to save up and go to community college in town before I moved away on my own.
At first, I was very eager to leave home. I’d finally be independent and free to do as I please. I was independent when I was growing up, but not as much as I thought.
Living without parents has it’s perks; yes, you don’t have to worry about your mom bothering you about not cleaning your room. Yes, you can play your music as loud as you want. Yes, you can eat nothing but TV dinners. This is all quaint, but personally, I still felt sad.
The day after my mom let me go, I was sad. I was sad all day, the next day, and the next week. I just wanted to curl up in my bed and watch Netflix all day. My new home didn’t even feel like a home. Home to me was back home with my mom. The independence was nice, but I missed the morning conversations my mom and I would have. I missed watching the local news with my mom and laughing when the news anchor messed up. I missed my mom’s perfect home cooked meals. I missed it all.
It’s been two months now. I’m not as sad as I was that day she left, but it bothers me time to time. I go on with my day and try not to let it bother me. I keep busy with studying and being involved in organizations on campus. It helps push the thoughts aside.
Moving out and leaving the nest is something most of us deal with in our life time. It’s easy for some people; not so easy for others. Most of us deal with the pain of homesickness; you’re not alone. In time, it will all be okay.
I feel like it’s only appropriate for my second blog post to be about saving money while being a college student.
Here are some of my tips to saving some extra cash while in college, and how to feel less broke.
r/freebies on Reddit.com: One of my favorite subreddits to visit; r/freebies has loads of freebies you can send for online. From make-up samples to household items, I have gotten quite a few free items thanks to this subreddit!
Decluttr.com: I wish I had known about this website earlier in my young adulthood. You can sell your old books, CD’s, DVD’s, video games and cell phones. Start by cleaning up your room and get rid of some of that old junk that you no longer use.
The iBotta App: This app will give you rebates for items you would normally shop for. Most items available on iBotta are grocery items, so when you’re doing your grocery shopping, this is the app to use! They also offer rebates on make-up, health and beauty items too, usually.
Eat in more– Eat out less: One of my most important tips. My first (and biggest) mistake I made at first was eating out too much. I would pick up fast food on the way home from work or class. It’s so convenient, so why not? The sad fact is, eating fast food and at restaurants costs way more than eating at home. Purchasing and then making your own food cost less; you get more for your money.
Collect all that spare change: Seriously. Do it. All that little change can add up. I had a jar I would store all of my change in, and in about 6 months I had $80 worth of money saved up.
Selling your old Pokemon cards: Yes, it’s time to take out your old collection and check to see what they’re worth. Some cards (especially first edition versions) can be worth a lot of money! I currently do not have any rare cards, but selling all your duplicates and other unwanted cards can add up to some extra cash.
Apply for a work study on campus: I know some students already do work study for their job; but if you are working part-time at another job, try picking up a work study at your college or university. While I was attending community college, I picked up a work study where I came in a few days a week, and I filed papers for one of the faculty members. It doesn’t make a ton of money, but you make minimum wage and usually get about 10 hours a week.
Coupons, coupons, coupons: Coupons can be a life saver. I didn’t realize it until I became a little bit older, but they really help out. If you look in the local newspapers, you can usually find coupons on specific days of the week. Also, many department stores have apps for coupons, such as: mPerks (Meijer), Savings-catcher (Wal-Mart), Kroger mobile app and so on.
Free events vs. Going out and spending money: Going to university can mean you have many more opportunities to chose from. Get involved with a club! A good way to spend your free time. Also be sure to check your college events to see what free functions they have going on. I usually try to preoccupy myself with going to the gym or free yoga classes they have on campus. It’s much cheaper than paying for a gym membership.
Those are all my best tips that I have for now. I hope my article helps out the fellow college students out there. If you have any good tips you’d like to share, let me know in the comments.
My name is Sara Strohschein and I’m a journalism major at Central Michigan University. I’m excited to start this journey on my first (successful) blog with all of you!
I’ve had a few other random blogs in the past, but I’m planning on being committed this time.
Upon starting my career into journalism, I figured now is as good as any time to start a blog. I will be blogging about college life, college concerns, advice, and anything else we college students struggle through our 4 (or more) years of school.
I’m currently 21 years old. Old, according to a fellow classmate. I have received my Associate’s Degree in English, and I recently moved 3 hours away from my hometown to finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Many of the kids I graduated with from high school are graduating with their Bachelor’s this year, which makes me feel a bit behind. I’m very focused on finishing school now, though.
Besides being a full-time student, I also have other interests! I love to write (mainly why I chose journalism as my major), I also love reading, playing the wonderful game, the World of Warcraft, and being a women’s rights activist.
I’m excited to share my journey and experience of college with everyone.