5 Tips To Conquer College Back To School Time

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I love back to school time!

I’m one of those crazy people that gets inspired this time of year! I love buying new school supplies and planning how to make this year the best ever for the kids academically. This year I have a kiddo actually planning on taking some college courses so this is new territory for me and I couldn’t be more excited for her! With this new chapter comes some important discussions that all college students need to know. One thing on my mind the most is making sure that she can contact me anytime she needs to. I’m so thankful for Walmart Best Plans for making this so easy for both of us.

Here are five tips to conquer college back to school time:

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1. Communication is key.

College is so much more than just learning. It’s a time to build independence and with that comes the need to stay in touch with family and friends. Plus in today’s learning environment so much is done online that a great and affordable cell phone and plan is a must. I’m loving the Alcatel One Touch Fierce with the Walmart Mobil Plan, which is perfect for Back to College. While we were out shopping for back to school supplies we picked one up for my oldest! She thought it was an awesome surprise gift and that made me happy. This was definitely a great way to start this new chapter for both of us.

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Walmart Best Plan is only $34.88 a month for Unlimited Talk, Text & Web. And we have found the service and coverage to be really good. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce is everything my daughter could need in a phone and the screen size is big while the phone is still rather thin. It’s easy to use and the perfect size to carry around on campus.

The phone and plan are both budget friendly for parents and college students. 

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2. Go To classes and get the phone number of fellow students.

I am totally going there. With the freedom of college comes thoughts of skipping class here and there. Don’t do it. You will have a much better experience if you show up to class every day. There will come a day {or two} when you are sick and you will have to miss a class. Make sure you have the number of a couple fellow students so that you can text them and see what you missed. It’s so much better knowing what you need to know and make up before you get back to class.

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3. Arrive early to campus.

Parking is a challenge the first few weeks. Get there early and don’t forget to buy a parking permit.

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4. Bring quarters or plan a once a week trip home.

You know where I’m going with this right? Laundry. Either plan to do it in your dorm or go home each week and do it there. I highly recommend the trip home because as a mom I’d want to see your sweet face as much as possible. But I totally understand if you are busy some weeks so plan ahead and collect those quarters.

5. Ask for help early.

There is nothing wrong with admitting that college courses can be tough. If you need help with your coursework ask your teachers for their email address and let them know when you need help. Just do it early. Don’t wait until the end of the course to admit you need help.

Most importantly have fun at college and don’t forget to call your mom! 

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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