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Become self-sufficient by learning how to do these things ASAP

Separate white, dark and colored clothing.

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CP photo by Krista Johnson

Grocery shopping

Don’t buy a bunch of junk, but make sure you’re buying stuff you’ll actually have time to make. Grab-and-go snacks are OK, but go for healthier options.

Cooking

Thanks to short cooking videos on the internet, it’s easier than ever to learn. If you’re living in a dorm, you likely have access only to a microwave, so check out some videos on mug meals.

Drink responsibly

If you’re going to do it, be smart about it. Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know, or if you haven’t watched them pour it yourself. Know your limit.

click to enlarge CP PHOTOS BY KRISTA JOHNSON
CP photos by Krista Johnson

Laundry

Separate white, dark and colored clothing. Follow instructions on tags. Add detergent, select settings and hit start. Throw clothes in the dryer, or hang to dry to save money.

Budgeting

Maybe you have only a certain amount of money on your student meal plan. Maybe you’re trying to juggle expenses living off campus. Creating a budget and sticking to it is key.


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