ACTIVITY: Now what? Your First Month Alone

Florida State Standards

LAFS.1112.RI.3.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem

LAFS.1112.W.2.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

LAFS.1112.SL.2.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Teacher Needs

            NEXT article, “Now what?  Your first month alone


Internet access

Access to MS Word or MS Excel

Student Needs

            NEXT article, “Now what?  Your first month alone


            Internet access

Access to MS Word or MS Excel


Read the NEXT article, “Now what?  Your First Month Alone”.  These are great hints and suggestions about how to survive adulting on your own.  But what happens at the end of the first month?  Do you feel a sense of accomplishment?  You should, living on your own is not easy at first.  It requires routine and attention to details that you probably never thought of when you were living at home. 


Think about the NEXT article and the suggestions made; what are your own aspirations and expectations of not only the first month of living in a dorm or apartment, but further down the road. 

Task 1

First and foremost, decide what your individual plan is during your move-in period and the first 4 weeks at college.  Create a chart/table with a column that is entitled, “Plans and Expectations”, the next column labeled, “Self-reflection” and the last column “What would I change?”.  The last two columns should be completed after the week has ended and you can take some time to reflect.


Plans and Expectations


What would I change?

















Task 2

When the first month is over and you have reflected, create another similar table for the next month and so on for the first year of college dorm/apartment life. 

This exercise should help with planning and modifying what you need for your adulting success.  There is a lot going on in your first year at college so try to be diligent about keeping this form of a journal. 

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