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NEVER PAY RETAIL FOR COLLEGE:Behave. Put it into practice.
How Students Can Develop Self-Awareness


by Beth V. Walker posted: July 29, 2017


Behave. Put it into practice. Personal growth and testing self-sufficiency allows an individual to return to their community renewed, stronger, and wiser. Seemingly simple activities such as having teenagers film out
forms for high school, the doctor, or the dentist contribute to their sense of self-sufficiency. The
same can be said for depositing money in their bank account and then asking them to manage
and be responsible for payments related to car registration, car insurance, and school- or
sports-related activities. Enrichment activities, like summer camp or a week-long program held
on a college campus are beneficial because your teenager can test their independence in a safe
environment. They learn about themselves when forced to interact with their peers in a new
environment and step outside their comfort zone.
We tend to dismiss exercises like this as meaningless or not worth the hassle, but we
underestimate the life lessons these simple tasks offer. Kids need to be allowed to navigate
their day-to-day lives and assume more responsibility for themselves so they’ll know how to
function when they re out of the house and living on campus. They’ll learn who they are as an
adult and what their strengths and weaknesses are.