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My Big Kid Advice

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When I started college, I eased into the process.  I lived at home for the first year, then moved out starting my second year.  I thought I was prepared, and even if I didn’t feel prepared I didn’t know what I should or could do to make life easier.  It was my  first time moving out and being “responsible” on my own.  My bills were minimal and although I thought I was a big kid – I realize now that it was only the beginning of big-kid-responsibility time.

Truth is, when I was moving out I wish I had been given advice on what good habits to develop and what things to stay away from.  There is one thing I wish I would have done the day I moved out.  There is one thing that would have made my nomadic life incredibly easier.  So to every new college-child – my #1 recommendation would be to:


I’m not kidding.

Here are the reasons I feel this is incredibly important:

1.  Permanent Address.  When you’re a college Freshman (or even Sophomore, in my case) you tend to live in several different places.  The dorm > a sorority/fraternity > an apartment > then a hosue > possibly back home > back to a house/apartment.  This nomadic lifestyle needs a stable mailing address.

2.  Parents.  Parents read your mail.  They open it up and decide whether or not it is important/relevant and thus decide whether or not you should see this piece of mail.  DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN.  Trust me.  It sucks.

3.  Anonymity.  Data theft is prevalent now more than ever.  Providing a P.O. Box Number instead of a physical home address number makes me feel slightly more safe knowing that if someone stole my information, tracking me down would be more difficult than if I posted:

Ashley Cray

555 RobMeNow Rd.

Reno, NV

If it were me, I would have gotten a PO Box immediately after moving out of my parents house.  Just my opinion!

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8 responses »

  1. The problem with this would be whether or not you stay in the same city for college as well as after college.

  2. This is a great idea for the college experience. You often move every year in college so having one place to direct your mail would be fantastic! It’s also relatively inexpensive to have one.

    • I never realized how inexpensive it is until I took the time to look up the prices! For the price of convenience I would pay more. I’m glad you liked the idea! Too bad I didn’t think of it 5 years ago…

  3. Wish I would have had this advice before I started college! I moved SO many times that a PO box would have been wonderful! 🙂

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