The life of a college student comes with several adjustments and new experiences. College is the first time where a student lives in an apartment without their parents, they are in charge of managing their own time and it’s their first chance at independence. Although college is considered to be some of “the best years of your life,” these new adjustments and experiences still come with challenges.
Every new year seems to rise as quickly as the last one fell, as time seems to become more fleeting. A new year brings a fresh start and sense of purpose, and with a bit of luck, answers to any pending questions or anxieties come to surface. Resolutions are cornerstones for a new sense of motivation and confidence in the 365 days that lie ahead. 2019 can be the year you hold steadfast to your resolutions and make changes in your life that benefit your family, your friends, and you. Here are a few ways to lean into your resolutions as a college student in Auburn and make balancing your social, academic, and personal life more manageable.
Whether you are a student living in a dorm, an apartment, or a house throughout your college career, chances are you will at one point share a bathroom with a roommate or multiple roommates. You and your roommates will use this space to shower, wash your face, get ready for events, and much more. Here are some tips to keep the area tidy and reduce tension between you and your roommates.
Between a busy class schedule, a bustling social life and extracurriculars, many college students put cleaning their apartments on the bottom of their to-do list. Having a tidy home-base is not only visually pleasing, but will decrease your stress and allow you to study in your room without a problem (not to mention your parents will be thrilled when they come to visit). The biggest issue that college students face with cleanliness of their space is they let it pile up, so it’s important to stay on top of it.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your apartment nice and tidy:
We all understand the struggle of trying to find an apartment that fits our needs, feels right, and is affordable! Searching for hours and hours on end can get discouraging and exhausting, especially if you aren’t exactly sure what things you should be looking for.
Whether you’ve decided to move locations or it’s time to get out of the dorms on campus, choosing an apartment is more complex than just determining the number of bedrooms.
Here are six questions to ask yourself when looking for a good apartment to fit your lifestyle.
Whether you’re going on an exciting trip over a school break, headed for a job interview in a different city, or just visiting home for the weekend, leaving your apartment every so often is good for you. However, in the excitement and stress of heading out of town, sometimes your apartment’s safety gets lost on the list of things to do. These tips may seem obvious, but will help ensure that when you get home, the only thing you have to worry about is unpacking.
1. Don’t leave keys under the mat
This seems obvious, but year-round, it is a good practice to keep your keys with you, or in a safe location within your apartment. Especially when leaving town, make sure not to leave your keys in such a commonly searched area. Your safety is more important than your convenience!
As the new semester starts to unfold, many students on Auburn’s campus are looking for that perfect study spot. While the library is the first to come to mind, it’s not always the most convenient. It can become crowded early in the evening, starting with trying to find a place to park.
For students looking for a quieter space, a unique location, or simply a way to change up their usual apartment scenery, here are some great options in and around the downtown Auburn area.
1. World Cup Coffee Company
Located on South College, World Cup Coffee Co. is a quiet place to study with unique brews that will keep you up and focused. World Cup also offers a selection of breakfast and lunch foods, ranging from bagel sandwiches, to warm cinnamon rolls. Not in the mood for coffee? World Cup also offers a Fresh Mint Lemonade Slush that is sure to refresh you with the warmer weather.
In college, it’s likely that students will spend most or all of their college years living with a roommate. While the thought of living alone and not having to share your space with another person seems ideal, this is not the reality for most students. This means that there are things in your apartment or home that are inevitably shared. You might be sharing a room, a bathroom, or just a fridge, but regardless, a conversation needs to be held in order to keep each party on the same wavelength.
Sharing a fridge with a couple of roommates may seem like an easy task, but it is still smart to establish ground rules. No one likes to open a fridge and get a whiff of stinky leftovers or see that there is no room for newly bought groceries. While there are different frustrations about any shared space, these guidelines will help to ensure that you and your roommates have established "fridge etiquette."
It’s the end of a long day filled with endless class assignments and work, and all you can think about is getting home to eat dinner. However, you then remember you have nothing in your apartment refrigerator to cook and are too tired to go to the grocery store to buy anything. On your drive home you pass a couple of fast food places and decide to pull in, spending yet another $10 to $15 on food that is just mediocre.
This is a daily occurrence for college students who struggle with cooking for themselves, and most importantly, finding the time to do it. However, meal prepping has suddenly become the new craze. Simply searching the words, “how to meal prep” on the internet will lead you to pages of articles, Pinterest recipes and blogs of how to prep your meals throughout the week.
Fall is upon us here in Auburn, and what better way to celebrate the season than to decorate your college apartment? You don’t have to spend a fortune to turn your apartment into a cozy, fall retreat. Here are some simple autumn decoration ideas that are great for college students to use in your apartment:
Create a fall display at your front door. Your front door is the first impression people get when they visit your apartment. Sometimes, it’s the only thing they see if they’re just passing by, so creating an inviting, fall display is a great place to start! Look for simple wreaths with orange, brown or red leaves, or even a cute door hanger if you aren’t a fan of wreaths.
Pumpkins scream autumn, so adding a few next to a seasonal door mat adds the perfect finishing touch. Placing your pumpkins on top of hay bales will add even more dimension to your setup.