Photographer: @Joecudjoe

Photographer: @Joecudjoe

Hello I'm Ori, Nigerian American lifestyle blogger and career consultant encouraging you to live boldly. Be original. 

How I Got Through College

How I Got Through College

I graduated on Friday and it went by so quickly, I sat down the next day thinking "damn, I really just graduated? How did I get through college?". Well after 5 years, 4 part time jobs and many stressful events, I finally attained my B.A in psychology. And I'm proud to announce that I will be attending Johns Hopkins University for grad school in the summer. I also saved a lot of money along the way so here are a few of my tips on how to get through college

  1. Don't be lazy. Study hard and get good grades
    • My 3.5 GPA was what saved me financially because I qualified for grants and honors societies. If memorizing some facts and spending time in the library will give you free money, then do it. Good grades are all about putting in time and effort, and if you're really struggling, there's free tutoring offered at most schools, so you have no excuse. 
  2. Live off campus
    • If you don't have a car then living off campus may not be realistic, but if you drive, then do it's cheaper. Be mindful of how much gas, electric, water and utilities will cost when apartment hunting. And of course get roommates so you can split the costs. 
  3. Pack your lunch
    • uying food everyday is very expensive, so one way I cut costs was by cooking my own food and bringing it to school. I'll be honest it was a little annoying to carry all that stuff around, but I just threw stuff in my car when I was done. I brought by own breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. This will also prevent you from gaining weight cause you control what you eat. 
  4. Get involved in clubs or events
    • When you graduate, your degree will not be enough to impress potential jobs, they want to see that you have leadership quality. They want to see evidence that you can successfully juggle adult like responsibilities while taking care of your responsibilities. So volunteer, get involved and network with people within your field.

During college I was focused on getting out of there, so I hope my advice is helpful. Good luck, make an impact and stay original.  

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