If you’ve never lived on your own before, moving out can be tough physically and emotionally. The good news is that those feelings don’t last forever. The best way to get ready to live on campus is to make sure you’re prepared for all the new challenges you’ll be facing. Here are a few tips on how to move away from home *gracefully*.
1. Master the Essential Tasks
There are a few essential tasks you’ll need to master before moving away from home. Simple things like doing chores or learning how to cook can be learned by helping your family or friends around the house over the summer. Ask if those close to you can show you how to fold clothes, remove stains or wash sheets. Not only will they be grateful for the help, but you’ll learn something new as well. Speaking of family, this brings us to our second point...
2. Be Kind to your Family and Friends
Remember that moving away is not only stressful for you, but also for your family and friends. Just like you, they will also be adjusting to a new household and way of life. Be kind to them. Spend time with them. Plan some last-minute things to do together like getting ice cream, seeing a movie or cooking dinner together. Your family and friends will appreciate you showing them how much their companionship means. Also, don’t forget to stay in touch with them when you move away by setting up consistent facetime dates or chats on the phone when you can. Consider using platforms like Whatsapp, Skype, Zoom and Facebook Messenger to stay connected.
3. Learn to Manage your Time
One of the main skills that leads to success in college is time management. You’ll need to figure out a schedule that prioritizes your schoolwork but also gives you the option to get involved in extracurricular activities. The best way to do this is to make yourself a schedule that includes time for studying, errands, organizations, and self-care. UH has some great resources for undergraduate student success and there’s some specific information on how to manage your time here.
The most important thing to remember when moving away for college is that it’s normal to be nervous. You’re an adult now and are responsible for your future. Your college experience is what you make it. Remember to stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy your time at the University of Houston. The staff at Student Housing and Residential Life is excited to be a part of your journey. We hope you’re excited too, and we can’t wait to welcome you to campus.