The thought of starting college is a simultaneously exciting and terrifying one. You’re passionate about the idea of studying a subject you’ve specifically chosen and on which you can finally focus all your efforts, instead of spreading your talents thinly across multiple subjects.

Nonetheless, you might be worrying about entering the unknown and the challenges that come with this newfound independence. What you’ll find, however, is that all these worries are exaggerated and will fade away as soon as you arrive at your new home. Here are some things about which you might be worrying when it comes to college and why you shouldn’t be worried.

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The cost.

Money is a big concern for many young people hoping to go to college in the modern age. Whilst it’s true that going to a good college costs money, it’s also true that doing so more than pays itself off through the qualifications you gain and the higher-paying jobs you’ll go on to find afterwards. When it comes to the costs you’ll face after college with regards to paying off your debts, you can check out sites such as to consider your options in terms of combining your debts into one manageable payment. Think of it as one small additional payment on top of all your other taxes and bills. You’ll barely notice it with your well-paid job.

In the more immediate present, there are many ways in which you can cover the financial aspect of starting college. As we’ve mentioned before, saving money before you start college is a good idea; getting a part-time job over the summer and building up your personal funds will give you a great headstart. On top of that, it’s a good idea to start practicing frugal living in terms of cheaper foods, clothes, and other necessities so that you master the art of being a financially-sensible student. You might also want to look into options such as getting a grant or a scholarship to cover your costs for certain courses; if you performed exceptionally well at school then look into your options with regards to this.


The course.

For many students, the fear involves the academic work itself. This isn’t to suggest that you don’t like hard work because you wouldn’t have applied to college and you wouldn’t have made it into college if that was the case. As explained over at, it’s the more the case that many students fear they won’t be smart enough or, at least, that they won’t be as smart as the other students there. Remember that everybody in each lecture hall is smart enough to be there; that’s how they got in. But whilst your coursemate may be skilled in a certain area of the course, you may be more skilled in another area. Nobody is definitely smarter than anyone else, and you’ll all be in the same boat.

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The accommodation.

You might be worried that your accommodation won’t quite match up to your room at your home, but let’s be more specific: you’re probably worrying more about your potential new roommate. As mentioned over at, the important thing to remember is not to force friendships at college. If you’re not best friends with your roommate then it’s not the end of the world; you’ll be meeting plenty of new people every day at college and you’re bound to meet many people with whom you share a certain mindset and interests. Just remember to be respectful of the people in your accommodation and they’ll return the favor.