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Independence, defined.

How do you define independence? We’ll take a look at the basic life-skills that define independence, success in college and beyond.

The Basic Checklist

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  • Housing. It can be on campus in a dorm, or with relatives or alone. If you can find and maintain shelter, you are independent.
  • Income. Even without a job or college degree, there is always a way to earn money.
  • Self-care. Are you able to recognize stress? Can you engage in activities that promote a healthy mind AND body? (For example, video games may relax your mind but sitting for hours and staring at a screen only harms your body).

The Hidden Checklist

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  • Conflict Management. How do you avoid disagreements? How do you manage conflict when it can not be avoided? Your answer can indicate your level of maturity and independence.
  • Organization. I believe that one of the biggest “awakenings” for new college students is that there are no reminders to wake up, get to class or turn in work. Are you organized enough to remind yourself of important things?
  • Accountability. Truly independent people take accountability for their actions and the consequences their actions may lead to. They do not blame others.

I believe that independence can be defined on a basic level and on a personal level. What matters to your personal independence? That, is independence, defined.

All the best to my readers,


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About The Author

Briana Derry, MBA is a passionate writer, researcher, and freelancer with a passion for learning and teaching others to take a BreeziDeezi approach to life, career, and their pursuit of the present.

Fluent in American Sign Language and constantly learning, Briana has served as an Academic Advisor, Public Educator, Digital Media Manager, and Mayor’s Intern. She loves to help people with their academic progress by assisting with writing. 

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