In this episode, Daniel and David discuss 10 Student Tips for New (Mid) Year from Dr. Stephanie Sarkis of Psychology Today. Dr. Sarkis is the author of Making the Grade with A.D.D. and A.D.D. and Your Money. Link
Tips 31-40 for College Students
31) If you have a tendency to be messy, your roommate may be compulsively neat. The general rule is that the messier you are, the more neat your roommate will be. Try to pull it together. Especially regarding food. Always throw out leftover food. That’s just gross, messy or not. Learning how to adapt to someone else’s living style is a wonderful learning experience. Really. And if you complained about having to share a room with your siblings while you were growing up, when you get to college you learn that you are actually ahead of the curve. 🙂
32) Stay on campus on weekends. If you go home every weekend because you are homesick or have a girlfriend/boyfriend back home, you will be missing out on a lot of the college experience.
33) Get your flu shots. Yearly.
34) Use condoms. Every time.
35) Long-distance relationships are a challenge to keep up when you are away at school.
36) If you get that “ick” feeling that you shouldn’t be doing something or shouldn’t be somewhere, stop doing it and get out of there.
37) You may feel like your parents are hovering too much. Look at it this way: they’ve been taking care of you since you were a baby. That doesn’t just stop. Cut them some slack. The more independent and wise decisions you make on your own, the more they will have confidence in your abilities as an adult.
38) Just because you and your roommate were friends back home doesn’t mean you will be compatible roommates. You find out new things about people when you are sharing a small space. But you can work it out. Even if you and your roommate are total strangers and are completely different – you may become great friends.
39) If your roommate is doing something that bothers you, ask yourself the following three questions: 1) Am I being reasonable in being bothered by this? 2) What’s the best way to talk to my roommate about this? 3) What are some solutions to this issue? If all else fails and the issue is very important to you and you’ve talked to your roommate to no avail, talk to your Resident Assistant.
40) Practice safety. Don’t walk home alone in the dark. Walk with someone. Many campuses have services where you can call and someone will walk back to your dorm with you.
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