The Ultimate Checklist Of Life Skills Needed By A College Student


The Ultimate Checklist Of Life Skills Needed By A College Student

You are about to leave your comfort zone, the home you have known for years, for college. Your parents have taken care of you over the years, which might mean that you missed out on important lessons on how to do things for yourself. Are you really ready for life outside of your parents’ watch? Here is a checklist of life skills you need to survive on your own as a college student. See how you score-it might inform you on whether or not you are ready to live on your own.

  • Doing your laundry

You should be able to figure out the details that go into doing your laundry well. This include knowing how to sort clothes and how much detergent to use and so on. If you haven’t learnt this already, you will have a pretty difficult time seeing that wearing clean clothes is an everyday necessity.

  • Making a budget

While in college, you will be required to foot your bills and keep track of your expenditure. It doesn’t matter if you are paying this out of the wages of a part time job or through your parents’ assistance, you need to have a budget to guide you.

  • Making your bed

While in college, there will be no one to make your bed for you. If you wake up and leave behind a messy bed, you will find the same waiting for you at the end of the day. Seeing as college dorm rooms tend to be a bit on the smaller size, a little mess goes a long way. As such, you might want to keep things tidy by learning how to make your bed properly.

  • Tying a tie

You might get invited to formal events during your college years. Formal events require that you wear a tie. Learn how to tie a tie. While at it, it is also necessary to learn the proper way to iron clothes. You do not want to wear a tie over a creased shirt!

  • Changing a tire

You should not have to call AAA every time your car needs changing.

  • Using a gas pump

There are more self-serve gas pumps compared to full-serve ones. Do you know how to use one? If not, it might be time to learn.

  • Using coupons

Money is hard to come by when you are in campus. If you can, make use of coupons and watch your costs decrease.

  • Sewing buttons

You do not have to throw out your shirts every time a button comes off. Replacing buttons is something that everyone and not just grandma should know.

  • What to do in case of an emergency

Whether it is a car accident or a dorm room incident, you should know what is expected of you and respond appropriately. Granted, thinking about accidents can come across as morbid and you do not want to be that morbid college student. However, accidents do happen and you should be well informed in order to offer the necessary assistance in the event of one.


Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Cert. Developmental and Behavioral Specialist and Associates