Just the name will either scare you and hurt your brain, or it will make you daydream about a new life outside of your everyday routine. Or if you’re like me, then it’s both.
It’s not that scary, but it does get awful at times. You have finally gotten out of the house, decorated your new room the way you wanted, and have the magic plastic card that is your key to the rest of your four years (or more). You’ve heard all about the dangers that will occur in college, some more avoidable than others, but your different. You will make the most of it. You have spend too much time studying and analyzing yourself to figure where you’ll fit in and what classes you will choose to take at which time. Then reality hits, whether it be the day of or a semester later: This isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The food is making you sick because it is definitely less quality than you were used to, that one chapter assigned is really about 45 pages of smart words that can’t even be explained in the dictionary for dummies, and you’re pretty sure that hairball in the shower is moving into a different location every day…maybe even living.
The number one word in my vocabulary right now is simply that, breath. Not the hyperventilating kind (I tried that too, nearly passed out), but the “yes, this is what I am feeling right now but it won’t last forever” breath. The leaning tower of homework may be threatening to crush you, that professor may seem delighted in destroying the class, and your roommate may be bit more than you think you can handle. So, what are you going to do about it?
College is freedom within limitations, basically real life with homework mixed in. There’s never going to be a perfect college experience, because if it was easy then everyone would do it. The choice to go to college isn’t for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine. But some people think that when they go to college it’ll be different. They can slide by and just live it up. As with anything, the higher you get the harder the crash.
On the other hand, don’t become a hermit. Yes it feels pretty nice for those first couple weeks, especially cause there’s no one breathing down your neck telling you to get out of the house, but it will really impact you negatively. You need people. We are made to have relationships (I don’t mean romantically, that’s another post in itself). What happens when you need a classmate to send you the notes that you missed or go with you to the convocations that are mandatory? The fun part is, you have a whole campus of diverse people who are as similar and opposite as you. The difference is that you don’t have to choose one type of person, because everyone is involved in a bunch of groups/clubs. Don’t like the club options? Start your own. Get a bunch of Pinterest junkies and plan on taking over a classroom for an hour to laugh and pin. It’s really that simple.
The ultimate power of being in college is the ability to drop a class. It is the most thrilling and peaceful feeling once you step out of the academic advisors office with one less class (or a switched class that you’re more interested in). There are so many more options than just the basic class. Theres classes based on relationships, food, even comic books!!
As a whole, college is an experiment. You are testing yourself to find out what you like and where you will take that interest in the long run. Some people “find themselves” at college, learn that they’re smarter than they think, and find their voice. It’s scary, and you may feel like dropping out after just three weeks. The best thing to do is breath, face what’s in front of you, accept it, and move on.