There's nothing quite as exciting, or as scary, as leaving home for the first time to attend college. As thrilling as roommate sleepovers every night and a steady diet of ramen are, the first few weeks of being on your own can feel rather daunting. There's no one to hold your hand as you accomplish regular adult activities, like paying bills, moving into your apartment, and renting textbooks.
As scary as it's all going to be, there are a few things you can do to minimize the unease and jitters. The first and most important thing to do is to make a "home away from home." When you're having to make all new friends, navigate adult waters, and tackle schoolwork, it's crucial to have a space to call your own- a space that feels like home.
CREATE A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Most college students think they can't afford to create a cozy "home away from home," but with CORT Furniture Rental, creating your cozy space will be a breeze. CORT is invested in making sure college students feel more at ease and at home, so they give amazing student discounts to help students furnish their rooms.
Opt out of getting furniture from a second-hand store that you'll have to figure out how to get rid of when the semester ends. Instead, pay the same price to rent furniture that you'll love. CORT has a huge selection of nightstands, beds, lamps, sofas, mattresses, headboards, drawers, and even dining room tables to choose from.
When you're already stressed about a million and one things at the beginning of the semester, make decorating and customizing your living space something you don't have to stress about. Creating a cozy space is the most important thing you can do for your own health and happiness, but it can also be the most time consuming if you put the burden of finding furniture and moving it into your apartment all on you.
Once you've cozied up your space, the next most important thing you can do to make the beginning of college a breeze is to make friends.
INVITE PEOPLE TO YOUR COOL NEW SPACE
You've got a fully furnished space to chill out in, so invite others over to share in the fun. Whether you approach your new roommates and start a "Wine Wednesday" tradition or you invite over the cute boy from your math class, you've got the space to make any social interaction a success.
The first few weeks of school are often the weeks in which people make life-long college friends, but don't let that scare you. It's totally fine if you don't make any friends during your first few weeks, but you may want to step out of your comfort zone and invite people over. Everyone is a little nervous their Freshman year, so others might be too afraid to ask you to hang out. Decide to step up and do the asking, even if it's scary. You'll be so glad you did when you have a solid group of friends that you can rely on.
RELY ON YOUR COZY SPACE
Whether you make friends, lose friends, fail one of your classes, or have a major meltdown during finals week, know that you have your cozy space to rely on. You have a place to go when things go wrong. You have a "home away from home," where you can retreat to when college and adult-life get overwhelming.