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Life Lessons from Living on Campus Housing

College can be a time of self-discovery and living on campus can teach you so many things. While you are starting in a new environment, this gives you an opportunity to start new and shape your adventure any way you see fit.

For most students, living on campus will be the first time they are on their own.

And this will be a great time for them to explore their independence. And when you live ina shared environment with a lot of different individuals, you are exposed to so many perspectives and lifestyles. You will have to learn to get along with these personalities and also learn from their perspectives. This experience at UQ housing will help you learn to new environments and situations easily. You are in an environment where you will need to collaborate, coordinate and compromise with others. You will have to find common ground with your roommates and others in the campus community. This helps you become more flexible when it comes to new situations and this is something that will serve you well in your professional and even personal life. When you are working in a team, you will have to adapt to certain things. And facing challenges will not be something that you will have to dread anymore.

There are many responsibilities you will have to juggle when you are living on campus.

You will have to keep up with your academic work and also maintain social interactions. It can be very hard to find personal time and this is something you will have to actively work on managing. This is a great way of learning to manage time. You can write down a list of things that you need to do such as study sessions, attend classes, participate in extracurricular activities and engage in personal activities. You can make a schedule to include all of this. This will help you become more productive and organised. And when you live in an environment with so many people, there are bound to be conflicts. And this will help you learn to communicate properly. This is a great way to learn conflict resolution skills. And the key to doing this is maintaining clear communication.

You can learn to express yourself clearly

And also listen to others actively in order to navigate a conflict without coming out of the experience hurting or offending a person. While this may be inevitable in some situations, you can learn how to navigate a disagreement constructively without it affecting the relationship you have with the individual. You will also learn to be more independent and this will give you an idea of how to rely on yourself. You will need to clean your room, carry out every day routine activities, cook and find time to relax. Budgeting is another factor you will have to learn. And college is one stage in life where you will be introduced to financial literacy. You can learn about how to handle bills, manage living expenses and allocate funds carefully. This will give you insight into what your needs and wants are.

Donald Wicks
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