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I’ve recently added an item to my list of "What to Bring to College" – A BUDGET! Like it or not, in today’s economy, you can’t afford to spend money unnecessarily. And that’s just what you’ll do if you don’t have a spending plan.Before you leave for school, sit down with your family to talk about money. What known expenses will you have, when will they occur, and how much will they be? Tuition and fees, room and board, cell phone, etc. Talk about expected expenses like toiletries, snacks, recreation, etc. Try to predict any additional expenses you can – like if you’re a huge basketball fan, you’ll need basketball tickets! Get out a spreadsheet or piece of paper and plot out where/when those expenses will occur.
Now plan out your known income, it's amounts and timing. This should help you identify any shortfalls or differences in timing you will need to know about and plan for. For example, if all of your money comes at the beginning of the semester, you better save something so you can still eat at the end of the semester!
Here’s how you can stand out among your peers at college…
When you need to see someone (an advisor, professor, etc.), call ahead, ask to make an appointment, make it at a time you are available (not missing classes, not rushing to or from class, with enough time to meet with the person and get done what you need), show up, don't take calls or text during the appointment, thank them for their time, leave. E-mail them back afterwards thanking them for meeting with you and asking for clarification if questions still remain.
If you are going somewhere and will need to talk to a particular person when you get there, call ahead. Don't just assume they'll be sitting around doing nothing, waiting until you are there to help. Patiently wait until they are available. Thank them for seeing you, quickly take care of your business, and let them get back to their work. Assume they need you to remind them of your name (they’ll tell you when they don’t need it anymore).
This is the exact opposite of what most students do, so it will be easy to remember you.
Before you go out and buy new sheets for your dorm room, you better check on something first. Many campuses have converted to twin XL mattresses instead of regular twins. Twin XL mattresses are extra long (that’s the XL), so your regular twin sheets from home won’t work and the new ones you bought might not work either. So call your school and find out what you should expect. Don’t forget, if you need twin xl sheets, you’ll need a twin xl blanket and comforter too – unless you like cold toes!
Not everyone sells the XL sheets, so visit, where else? Go to www dot twinxl dot com for a great selection of sheets, comforters and other bedding items.
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