When You Can Lose Your Student Status? There are several options — academic leave, failure to pass exams, completion of studies, and, perhaps, a change of priorities in life. In this article, you will find tips on how a yesterday’s student can adapt to adulthood without student status.

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Food Products

Loss of student status, among other things, means that you can no longer use your food bonuses (bons). To ensure that the cost of food does not “eat” your entire budget, we advise thay you do not use the ready-made food delivery services, but cook yourself. Even if you cannot boast of culinary skills, there are thousands of tips on the Internet on how to cook healthy and cheap dishes. Start with simple recipes and improve your skills every day. As a starting point, we offer you several recommendations to save time, effort and money:

  1. cook for several days;
  2. cook for several persons;
  3. do not hesitate to take food from relatives if there is such an opportunity (for example, fruit and vegetables from your grandmother’s garden).

If you cannot refuse eating in restaurants, we recommend that you use student canteens. Here, the portions are larger and cheaper than in restaurants. The second option is to find promotional lunch offers.

Solve “Adult” Issues with Calm

We do not mean to say that students are not adults. However, at the moment of student status loss, there comes a transitional period, when you may face many problems, which you have not thought about before. How to pay taxes? How to receive insurance? Where to look for work and housing?

The most important thing is to receive medical insurance. Many insurance agencies offer their services for young people without student status. Regarding work — if you do not have established relations with potential employers (for example, during academic practice or student underworking), then you need to register with the Employment Service as soon as possible and explore employment opportunities for your profession on the basis of an original contract. Think carefully about the kind of work you want to do, and monitor the situation on the market. We advise that you prepare an autobiography and proofs of your work experience and skills (for example, CV or portfolio).

Finally, the housing issue — if earlier, as a student, you lived in a dormitory, then now you need to find a new accommodation as soon as possible. Look for options on the Internet, ask friends. With some of them, by the way, you can cooperate to share housing. Maybe it’s time to start living with your life partner?

Think About Your Next Steps

Think about your next step. This, of course, depends on the reason, for which you lost the student status. If you have lost the opportunity to study, think about additional training courses for adults or about going to college. So you get the knowledge necessary for the desired profession. If you completed the training, congratulations! We hope that you have already decided what to do next, and the transition period will be easier.

Academic leave is also a great opportunity to think well and make a plan for further actions. If the prospect of obtaining a diploma does not deceive you, then you have to decide what you are striving for. Work abroad? Travel? Self-employment?

Regardless of the chosen path, we hope that our advice will help you successfully move forward and confidently enter the adult life!

The article is based on materials from site www.student.si

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