Good grades may be responsible for getting you your place at university, but academic prowess will only get you so far once you're there. Do you know how to deal with a really bad cold, or the flu, if your mum isn’t there to take care of you? Do you know what to write in an email to someone who isn't a friend, family member or teacher, or how a credit card works? Here are seven important life skills everyone needs when they leave home, or as soon after as possible! 1. Deal with differences the right way How do you act when someone is differently abled? Do you know what to say (or what not to say) to a person who is blind, or in a wheelchair, without causing offence? What about someone who is gay, or who practises a different religion to you? Make sure you come across as the friendly person you are, and not the person people might think you are if you say the wrong thing. 2. Figure out how money works What happens when you don’t have your parents looking after your money for you? If you’re not careful, you’ll end up short of cash before the end of the month. 7 money management tips to make sure you'll never be broke Figure out how much money, if any, you’ll need to pay for your tuition fees, and how long it will take to pay it back. It might be a good idea to set budgets for how much you want to spend, or at least make a note of what you’re spending your cash on. Look up how credit cards work, so you don’t end up owing the bank money you don’t have. 3. Learn how to take care of yourself When you’re far from home and you fall ill, it’s up to you to get help, if you need it. Learn how to call your local clinic or doctor to make an appointment to see them, and where to pick up medicine. However, not every illness needs a doctor or pills to fix it. It’s in your best interest to find out what foods, drinks, or actions will reduce the symptoms of something that will go away on its own. Sometimes, a good night’s rest will be all you really need. 4. Manage your homesickness Leaving home is pretty thrilling - for a while: you’ll probably end up feeling massively homesick at some point. That’s okay – we all feel it, and it’s perfectly normal. Don’t take it as a sign that you’re not cut out to be away from home. Adult life is hard; you don't stop being stressed just because you leave secondary school. There will be times when you’re sad, or upset, but you do have the ability to cope with it, and you do have the ability to get past it. 5. Know what to do if you are assaulted Would you know what to do if you, or a friend, was assaulted? You might not want to think about it ever happening to you, but you need to know who to report such a thing to. Find out who the right person is on campus to report it to. Know where your local police station is, and your closest hospital. Hopefully, you won’t need to know how to cope with a situation like this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. 6. Manners cost nothing We’re not talking about knowing the correct order to a full set of cutlery – we’re talking about basic things, like sending a polite email to a professor, holding the door to the library open for the person behind you, or saying thank you to the cafeteria workers. All gifs via GIPHY 7. Don’t expect uni life to be like it is on screen Pitch Perfect is a fun film, but it never shows what it’s really like for a student who is up until 4am working on their essay. Sure, having fun, making friends, and gaining new life experiences is a big part of university life, but studying is a huge part of it, too. Don’t let the assignments and deadlines come as a total shock to you – after all, you’re paying for the education and the degree, not the fun that comes with it. This article was curated by Young Post .