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Five ways to find out if you're ready for university

Answer the following questions, then rate yourself on a scale from one to five (where one is strongly disagree and five is strongly agree)

1. I am highly self-motivated. I get homework and assignments done without parental nagging.

2. I am organized, taking clear, concise notes and staying on top of what's due when.

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3. I am used to doing domestic duties for myself, like laundry, grocery shopping and cooking.

4. I have good money management skills and i know how to create (and stick to) a budget.

5. I am eager to meet new people and make new friends.


20-25: Congrats. You are well-equipped to take on university. Go get 'em.

11-19: You have some of the skills you need to succeed, but you could stand to improve your self-sufficiency.

1-10: You are probably not feeling too confident about your ability to thrive at university. You may want to get some help before you go: a cooking class, a budgeting workshop, a trusted guidance counsellor to help you with organizational skills. Don't worry, it's not too late.

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Shelley White is a freelance writer, editor, video producer and mother of twins. Before taking the plunge into the wild world of freelance work, she produced educational programming at TVO, explored digital culture at the late lamented Shift magazine and entertained young minds at MuchMusic. More


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