5 Major Keys to Successful Off-Campus Living


Dear Morgan,

Congrats on getting the “keys keys keys” to your first apartment.  It seems like just yesterday your mom and I were roommates at UNC Chapel Hill and now you’re starting on your journey into adulthood.  I want your first experience living off campus to be a successful one, so I came up with 5 keys that are sure to help you with your transition!

  1.  Pay your rent and bills on time.  I don’t care if you have to eat Vienna Sausages or Spaghetti O’s for a week straight.  Pay your bills! You must protect your credit at all cost.  Much like your GPA, once your credit score drops it is very hard to bring it back up.  This means you will have to live within your means. Now you could work 2 to 3 jobs like your mother and I did, but your grades will suffer and you will miss out on the true college experience.
  2. Pick up a life skill aka learn how to cook.  You come from a long line of women who can cook and you have two aunt’s that wrote the best selling cookbook, Get ‘Em Girls’ Guide to the Power of Cuisine {shameless plug}. You can not survive the rest of your life on chicken strips and Polynesian Sauce…well maybe you can, but you shouldn’t want to.  Cooking at home will help you save a lot of money and keep that stomach on flat flat….so learn your way around the kitchen.
  3. Keep the common areas in your apartment clean.  What you do with your room is your business; however, the kitchen, living room, and bathroom are shared spaces and places your guest will frequent so keep them clean.  You have a roommate and it is important that you two respect each others space as well as maintain an apartment that is pest free.
  4. Speaking of guest.  Remember they are just that guest.  The quickest way to lose a friendship or roommate is to move someone, whose name is not on the lease, into your apartment.  I know you will have kickbacks, dinner parties  and will eventually start dating, but just remember–they don’t have to go home, but they have to get the… (you know the rest).  Plus, the way your father’s crazy is set up, I would suggest you not add any extra toothbrushes in the bathroom.
  5. Lastly, go to class. It is a lot easier to roll out of bed and run to class when your on campus; however, a 5 mile drive to campus can seem like 30 miles when you’ve partied too hard or stayed up late writing a last minute paper.  Speaking of driving, do you have a parking permit?  The quickest way to owe your university money or get your car towed is through parking.  Many a student completed their undergrad and was unable to receive their transcript due to parking tickets.

Well I guess I have said enough, I know your Aunt Jeniece is going to say I am being too preachy, but I got to give you the keys, because they don’t want you to win! Who is they??? I don’t know, but what I do know is that your momma sent you to get an education and you will get it! Got it??


1 Comment

  1. August 15, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Lol thanks Auntie Shakara!! I LOVED this article and thanks for the extra keys 😉

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