VIDEO: 3 Things To Know Before Moving Out!
with Lindsey Turnbull
So, I’m Lindsey, the owner of MissHeard Media, a media and live events company that empowers tween and teen girls to be smart, savvy and global through our community blog and live events. Basically, we connect girls to he world.
It’s been a while since I was in high school…but Insta never fails me. I’ve been seeing senior pictures pop up and l know it’s about time for GRADUATION. Congrats class of 2019! You’re SO CLOSE! That got me thinking…if you graduate this summer, you are MOVING OUT. THIS YEAR. That’s super exciting and incredibly nerve-wracking. It means new freedom, new experiences, a chance to spread your wings- and also a lot of responsibility.
Are you nervous? Even a little bit? Waaaay deep down? It’s totally normal. It’s a huge transition in your life, from your parents house to a college dorm, across town or across the country. I think most people- even if they don’t admit it, are at least a little bit nervous.
Join Our Community + Get 10 Ways to Feel More Confident
So, to calm your nerves, I want to share with you THREE things you have to know how to do before you move out.
1. Budget. There’s a reason the broke college student stereotype exists. Whether you work or you’re getting a grant, scholarships, whatever…you need to know how to manage your money. Your parents aren’t going to be there, telling you not to buy that thing you totally don’t need. If you’re not careful, ou can easily blow through all of your money and be eating nothing but ramen for the year or taking out extra loans, which is definitely not cool.
You need to learn how to make a budget and stick to it. If you already know how you’re going to spend your money, you will be less likely to slide off track and spend our hard earned cash on something silly.
2. How to advocate for yourself. Especially if you’re going from a small school/town to a HUGE campus, you need to know how to ask for the things you need. If you’re a student with a disability, you need to know how to connect with the offices that can help you. If you’re looking for housing and there’s something in the lease you don’t understand, you need to be confident enough to ask for clarification.
If you’re stuck or lost or confused or you think your exam was graded wrong- you need to know how to ask for what you need assertively. I shared my story last week about how I was too stubborn to ask for help and I got a lower grade than I should have.
3. How to introduce yourself. One of the best things about college is how many opportunities you have to meet people- your classmates, professors, guest speakers, etc. There’s a whole world worth of people that you can connect with, that want to support you.
But, if you’re too shy or nervous, you’re never going to get any face time with them. I know you have big dreams, and those big dreams require people to help you along the way. It’s going to be so much easier with the right people in your corner, and if you can get in front of them and make a dazzling impression, it’s going to only help you.
So, there are three things you need to know how to do before you move out: make a budget, advocate for yourself, and introduce yourself.
I am leading the How To 101: Life Skills Crash Course on April 6th at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier that will teach you all of these skills and tons more, so you’re ready, prepared, and excited to move out! I’d love to see you there, so please check out the link in the bio and sign up!
See you next week!