While in college, most students face a lot of problems; some situations can mean serious trouble while some others cause less trouble at the moment but may have long term consequences. Regardless of the reasons that led to the particular sticky situation, it is important to get out of the situation. Here are some ways to deal with some common problems that people may face during their college years.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RUN INTO PROBLEMS DURING YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION?
No matter how big of a problem (or problems) you find yourself in, you have to find a way to get out of the problem/s. Rather than despairing,compose yourself and focus on what has to be done next. It is often useful to do three kinds of things when faced with problems:
- This is usually the most urgent part of the solution: take steps to get out of your current problem (or problems).
- Most problems that you find yourself in will have consequences, some painfully longer lasting than others. It is essential to think of the consequences, recognize that they have a good chance (or in some cases, certainty) of occurring at some time, and figure out how to deal with them.
- A strategy to prevent you from getting into similar troubles in future is also essential. You will have to ask yourself questions and find out why and how you ended up in such a situation so that you can figure out how to avoid being in a similar situation again. Be completely honest with yourself.
1. FINANCIAL ISSUES
Commencing college is for most students the first time that they have to take financial decisions themselves. However, many students make some grave mistakes in managing their money, which can affect them adversely. It is therefore, very easy to land up in financial troubles in college. A very good way to deal with them is to get a part-time job, when it seems like you are spending money faster than you are receiving it. If possible, ask your parents for a little more help with your finances. In some colleges, the financial aid office also offers financial advice to students. See if one of their advisers can tell you of some ways to get out of your financial troubles.
2. ACADEMICS-RELATED ISSUES
These are by far the most common issues faced by college students.You may have had straight A’s in high school but in college, you are likely to get significantly more B’s and C’s than ever before. You may even flunk a class or two. As soon as you realize that your problems cannot be handled by you alone, you must get help. Professors and TAs are often willing to advise you. If your college has a tutoring centre, take a look at the resources they offer. If nothing else seems to be working, you could hire a private tutor. “After all, those accounting graduate students need a little cash and obviously know their stuff, so why not use their knowledge to help you?”