Developing healthy coping mechanisms as a student

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Attending college can be one of the most exciting and pivotal points in a student’s academic journey. It is true as the saying goes that college is truly what you make it. There are seemingly endless opportunities that await at higher education institutions. From groups and organizations to service opportunities and concerts, college can truly be a place for everyone to find something. Attending a large university provides even more opportunity for students to find a place where they belong.

For some, college can be hard thing to balance. While in school, it can seem like the entire world revolves around classes, exams, and turning in projects or assignments. Some people live by the motto of ‘work hard, play hard.’ For college students, this type of balance can be beneficial. When it comes to the extreme stress of being a student, there has to be times when the student is able to debrief from all of the work they are a required to do. When students do not learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress, they may turn to harmful ways of coping that can be worse than the stress itself.

Although there is good stress, bad stress can seriously cause physical implications if it is not handled properly. Pent up stress can cause high blood pressure, heart complication, negative or interrupted sleeping patterns, and even anxiety or depression. A student’s physical and mental well-being are imperative to their academic success during college. Self-care is not selfish. Students who are unable to develop those healthy coping mechanisms may turn to drugs, alcohol, or other substances to abuse to try and deal with their stress. It is better to prevent these things than to try and treat and recover later. Prevention and education are key to providing necessary information for students.

For many students, especially first generation students, they truly may have no education or understanding of how to cope with all of the stress that comes with college. From applying to student loans to taking qualifying exams, so many factors of school can truly be stressful. Everyone deals with stress differently and the word stress can mean a variety of definitions and situations to varying individuals. Many schools provide resources to students about healthy coping mechanisms, but there are also a few things students can do to help their school and life balance.

One of the most important tasks a student can do is set up a good support system when they get to college. From friends, to roommates, professors and even a therapist, just having genuine people to truly talk to who are excellent listeners and responders is important. If students find that they aren’t finding people to talk to or establishing the right friend group, they can search the list of student organizations and join something that fits their interests. This can be a great way to meet other students with similar likes and interests and make friends with them. Coming out of high school, students may have lost touch with many of the people they grew up with. It can be hard losing an identity as one transitions to college to reinvent themselves. Another important way to utilize healthy coping mechanisms is to exercise and eat healthy foods. This can have a huge impact on overall happiness and energy levels.

Technological advancement brings the revitalisation that education needed

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The worldwide education industry is one that is continuously being challenged and brought to new heights. Throughout the decades, there have been many revolutionary innovations, but perhaps the most impressive to date is the infiltration of technological advancement into the sector. After all, this is an industry that has been historically traditional right down to its very core. And now, with the introduction of advanced technologies into such an industry, the sector has felt the keen sting of revitalisation both acutely and sharply. The result? The rise of online education.

Online education is the revolution that the academic sector has needed for quite some time. As the world we know has moved on, so too have the generations of students that have made their way through the education industries in their respective nations. Today, the first generations of tech-fluent students are making their way through the global academic system, and they are bringing with them the realisation that change is upon us. That change is inevitable, and so pushing back against it would only prolong the inevitable and damage the reputation of the industry in the process. Practically every aspect of education has gone digital in some way – and this is only the beginning of the evolution.

English tutoring, for example, can now be carried out entirely online, with both students and educators alike connecting via video to carry out tutoring sessions in an effort to working in additional academic work around one’s lifestyle, rather than the other way around. It is quite impressive – not to mention convenient. However, the most phenomenal impact of online education’s rise is the sheer convenience of its reaches in relation to modern students. Students are now able to take on entire course loads online, eliminating the necessity of geographical proximity that traditional education demanded so resolutely.

Taking education online has required a lot of forethought, trial and error, and technological savvy. As it stands now, the education system has been strengthened tenfold already in the wake of technological advancement and digitalisation. Enrolments are soaring, students are happier, and educators are more supported. All in all, the introduction of technology into the academic sector has been nothing short of life-changing. While the current generations of students are the first to experience this new format in education, they will prove to be the first of many. And the advancements of technologies and digitalisations in education is set only to advance further and quicker as time goes on.

The sheer quality of tech in the education system comes on the heels of worldwide technological advancement in all aspects. Taking a historically traditional industry and pulling it into the modern age through technological means and rapid digital advances is no easy feat. And yet, this is precisely what has occurred in the education industry in recent years. While we are experiencing impressive evolutions right now, these will soon come to be thought of as the humble beginnings of an evolution far more powerful than we perhaps expect right now. This is only the beginning for tech in education, and it is a beginning that is exciting and energising the  world.

The Next Step in Life After Graduation

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Graduating from college doesn’t guarantee you a job, nor is it a promise that you’ll live a full, happy life. It’s a tool that can help you get a job, and build the life you’ve always wanted, but if you don’t know what to do after graduating, you could easily end up lost along the way. Post-graduation depression is becoming more common as recent students begin to realize the staggering amount of debt they’ve built up—without a job, or even a direction on how to find a job.

This guide can’t guarantee you’ll find a job or a new place to live after you graduate, but it can help dispel some misconceptions, and give you the tools and direction you need to make important decisions once you have your degree.

Key Considerations

Let’s start with some core goals that will help you build a life after university:

  • Minimize costs. You’re likely saddled with debt from attending university, and you don’t yet have a solid full-time job to help pay for it. Accordingly, you need to do what you can to minimize costs to yourself (while establishing a stream of income).
  • Separate the long-term from the short-term. You’ll need both long-term and short-term goals to succeed. Your long-term goal might be to become a thought leader in your industry, but your short-term goal of making enough money to pay rent has to trump that.
  • Be flexible. Life probably isn’t going to play out the way you imagined, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just because an option doesn’t fit neatly into your master plan doesn’t mean it’s a bad one – be flexible.

Finding Somewhere to Live

If you’re lucky and you get along with your family, you might be able to move back home until you can find a place to live. Kids live with parents well into adulthood in most parts of the world, so it’s nothing to be ashamed about. It can serve as a nice “home base” until you can find a place of your own.

Before you move somewhere else, think about the general area where you’d like to live. Big-picture ideas, like whether you’d prefer an urban or rural area, or what kind of living space you desire, are secondary to your main goal: moving to an area where you can find a job. Research cities a reasonable distance away, and see what kind of employment rates or industry specialties exist there. Once you find an area with a lot to offer, you can start looking at houses or apartments.

Low-cost apartments are probably your best bet. They don’t require a long commitment, they’re relatively inexpensive, and you can always move out of one when you start making more money or if you find a better job. The only problem is most landlords require some proof of income, so you might need to work a part-time job for a while or build up enough savings to counteract this demand.

You could also consider moving into a tiny house. With the right decorative touches, they can be perfectly cozy, and they cost as little a $10,000 outright. While you might hate the idea of taking on more debt at this point, it’s a relatively small amount for a place to live—and you’ll be building equity in a piece of real estate rather than wasting your money on rent.

Finding a Job

Of course, you’ll also need to find a job. Remember, one of your focal points should be getting your foot in the door; you don’t need to (and probably won’t be able to) find your dream job right away. So instead of looking only for jobs in your specific industry or those that meet your desired salary, broaden your search to include jobs of all types. Right now, you need to find something that can help you pay the bills and give you a platform to gain experience or meet other professionals. It doesn’t have to be permanent, but something is better than nothing.

If you have trouble finding something, consider talking with your former professors or university faculty. They often have connections to professionals in the real world, who can provide you with referrals or guidance on how to land a better job. Failing that, start attending networking events and meeting other professionals. If you can make a good impression on the people you meet, and if you’re honest about your goals and background, you can eventually connect your way to a job.

Building Out

You probably aren’t going to be satisfied with your initial life immediately after graduating. Your first job may not be in the industry you wanted, and your living space may be too small. But that’s okay, and it’s often a necessary step in the growth process. Keep your long-term goals top of mind, and gradually change your circumstances to improve. Small steps, like getting raises or promotions, or finding a slightly better place to live, will eventually get you where you want to be.

Traditional education and modern learning collaborate towards academic future

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If there is anything about the education industry that we have learned as of late, it is that there are no rules anymore. While education has historically been quite the traditional sector, it has evolved to become somewhat modern in recent years. The introduction and consequent utilization of technological advancements and digitalization at an exceedingly rapid pace have fundamentally changed the education industry the world over. What we are seeing and experiencing right now is the first wave in what is sure to become generations of students that are actively seeking out education in all formats. This is something that has not always been a possibility, but thanks to technological progression, it is the reality.

The competition between traditional education methods and modern learning models was, at first, a truth, but over time it has equated to being nothing more than a distant memory. The industry has realized the absolute necessity of modernizing to avoid becoming irrelevant, and it has taken on millions more enrolments because of its mindset shift. This is an industry that has always been traditional in its core, and the change to embracing and encouraging both traditional and modern learning prospects is both exciting and long overdue (you know what they say, better late than never, right?). In a world where we are embracing the digitalization of every industry there is, it makes perfect sense that we are encouraging this evolution in education, too.

Online education is just as successful as learning in the traditional classroom, and students in either faction are graduating with fantastic GPAs and moving on to enjoy fruitful, exciting careers. Students who study in either format have access to all the same benefits of education. From access to a free GMAT mock test leading up to the biggest examinations there is, to the resources in libraries (physical or digital spaces of knowledge both included), students are experiencing the same points of access to academic materials, and they are making a strong case for the concept that education is education, regardless of which way a student pursues it. Students want to learn just as much as they always did (if not even more), and the ability to choose which way they want to learn is exciting and encouraging for all.

Online education has come to the academic sector at a time where it was becoming increasingly obvious that strictly traditional methods and models were no longer working as the sole driver for education around the world. This progression is something that has taken time for all to embrace, but it has made many exciting innovations possible since its inception. Students are happier and more content. Educators have become stronger, more capable teachers. And the industry itself is more globally inclusive. Geographical boundaries and financial limits no longer have as much – if any – hold on students’ decisions to embrace their intellectual curiosity. This is an exciting, truly progressive time for education. And this is only the beginning. There is so much more to be discovered and explored. It is going to be a wild ride.

Unnecessary items cluttering your student dormitory

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The list of things you need for college can be overwhelming. Moving in on campus, every student needs to spend a little fortune on things like bedding and organizing items.  Fortunately, with an array of on-demand services available these days, you can cross a bunch of things out from your list. Let’s take a look at some of the items you don’t really need to live in a dorm.

Iron and Ironing Board

While it’s common for many college students to ignore their wrinkled clothes, there are still people who care about their looks. A mini hand steamer is an affordable device,  which even college students can afford. Besides, a compact steamer will help you keep your room clutter-free.

Printer

Probably printing a ton of research papers will become your weekly routine, but it still doesn’t mean that you need to invest in a printer. Most of the time you can find a decent printer on campus or in a local library.  But if you need to print a lot, you can always use online printing services.  With a variety of options on the Internet, printing 10 essay copies won’t cost you much.

Computer Software

Freshmen tend to buy new laptops for their first year at the university. While having a personal computer is a necessity rather than a luxury, you don’t need to overspend on expensive software. Your uni will get you covered.

Television

College students who have personal laptops  don’t need a cable subscription.  Like everyone else, you will probably thrive on Netflix and Youtube videos. And if you are a big TV fan, you can always go to community areas to enjoy some TV time while socializing with other students on campus.

Toilet Paper and Cleaning Supplies

Unless you are staying off-campus, there is no need to buy cleaning supplies and toilet paper. There is always a janitorial service that provides students with all the cleaning products.

Final Thoughts

Moving in a new space, you may be tempted to buy a lot of new things. However, you don’t need much to live a comfy life on campus. Bear in mind that eventually  you will have to move out and get rid off all the clutter you have collected throughout your student years. So be clever and invest only in things you really need.