Living away from parents can be exciting. You have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Imagine living in a hostel as a sleepover that never ends. You can have all the fun you want without the supervision of your parents. You’ve ‘broken free’ and are finally on your own!
With great power comes great responsibility – uncle Ben wasn’t joking when he said those words. With all this liberty to do what you wish, you will learn how to be responsible too. If being responsible isn’t usually one of your strong suits, time spent living all by yourself will force you to learn to become more careful in doing things. A big part of being responsible is facing the consequences of a wrong decision; something you’ll learn when you can’t hide behind your parents anymore.
Another thing that you will learn, is how to manage your money. With the limited amount of cash that you will get from your parents, you’ll have to prioritize on how to spend it.
The best part of living in a hostel is that you’ll make friends with people from all around the world. Living with them and spending time with them is the best way to learn more about their culture and vice versa.
Living with people from different cultures will also mean adjusting to their differences. It’s all fun and games when you get to taste their tasty food or share wardrobes and stories from back home, but there can be challenges too.
Most hostels will not have too much space. With the most basic necessities provided, you will barely have space left for anything else. Remember to keep it basic with the things you buy for your hostel life.
With school work, extracurricular activities, and maybe even a part-time job, it may all get a little too much sometimes. Without someone like your mom or dad to constantly tell you what to do, it’s easy to go off track. This is when you need to learn how to prioritize the tasks at hand. It’s okay to miss a few parties when you really have to study or even take a day off just to relax after studying.
With a number of exciting things at hand, it is crucial that you learn to manage your time wisely.
Living in a hostel will mean that you have a new family. It’ll be difficult if you try to survive your hostel time alone not to mention. Find a group of people who are on the same wavelength as you, be nice to everyone and always help each other out.
If you didn’t already know how to, this is the perfect time to learn to cook simple dishes. Living in a hostel will mostly mean living on a budget. Although you could eat out and/or order in, it isn’t the healthiest or pocket-friendly option. What better reason to learn than having your friends teach you? Imagine the number of dishes you could learn from all your roommates!