Transitioning from high school to college can be really tough. To help you adjust, TYT University and Lisa Ferguson are bringing you everything you need to know, from making new friends to forming new study habits and more! First up: how to gain independence before you leave home.

Now is the perfect time to start asserting your independence. You’re still living at home before heading off to college, which means you still have your parents’ support while you learn to tackle the world solo. As you prepare to head off on your own, here are some things you should know:

  • Learn to do your laundry. Laundry is pretty simple, but many people never do a load before leaving home. Start by separating the lights from darks and checking the tags for instructions. If your parents aren’t around to help, look for some quick tips online.
  • Get cookin’! Even if you’re moving into a dorm with a meal plan, it’s best to start cooking now when you can still learn from your family. You don’t need to become a gourmet chef! Just practice the basics like eggs, pasta, salad, and maybe a few of your favorite recipes.
  • Set up a bank account. Now that you’re out of high school, it’s time to detach from your parents and get a bank account of your own. Choose a bank that has branches in both your hometown and your college town — then head over and set one up!
  • Open a credit card. Good credit takes time, which means you should start  building your credit right away! Many banks offer student credit cards with easy application checks and low interest rates. However, credit cards can get you in a lot of trouble if you spend too much! Make sure to stick to a monthly budget and always pay off your balance.

About the Author: Lisa Ferguson is a cohost of TYT University, the largest college news and lifestyle channel on YouTube. She also runs the news and politics website Follow her on Twitter @lisa_ferg.


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