11 Things That Scared Me About College— Until I Got There

11 Things That Scared Me About College— Until I Got There

You're not alone and it's OK to be afraid, but you'll thank yourself for sticking with it.

As a first-generation college student, who comes from a small town in Texas (shout out to Brownsville), leaving my hometown was one of the scariest things that I could've ever done. My parents were, of course, thrilled for me because I was attending such a great school; but as excited as I was, I couldn't help but be terrified of all the bad things that could happen.

I would be the first one to leave my home to attend a new school; in a new town that I knew nothing about or know anyone. I was an adult now and I had no clue on how to be one. Suddenly, everything felt all too real the day I stepped into my dorm room and my parents left after a tearful goodbye.

As a senior in college, I look back at how scared I was and I can't help but laugh at how ridiculous I was. Of course, all of my fears were completely legitimate back then, but now I realize I had absolutely nothing to worry about!

I now look at the freshmen and notice how scared they are sometimes. I can’t help but sympathize with them. I know what it feels like to fear everything and everyone, but I know they’ll be OK. It’s just a matter of time before they realize it too.

Here are eleven fears I faced when coming to college that I wish I wouldn't have worried so much about:

1. "What if I can't make friends?"

As someone who came to live in a new town with new people; making friends was a must. Truth be told, friends will be endless in college. You'll find some wherever you go, have it be a class, a school event, or even someone in your residence hall.

2. "What if I fail all of my classes?"

I remember failing my first college exam and thinking it was the end of the world, but the last thing your professors ever want to do is fail you! Trust me, there's a definite and noticeable difference in high school exams versus college exams. However, they're do-able if you just put in a bit of time to study.

Even if you do fail a class, remember that it's not the end of the world. You're OK! Remember that college is nothing but an experience; classes or grades do not define you.

3. "How am I going to afford college?"

I know everyone says that college is incredibly expensive, but it doesn't really hit you until the bill is actually being sent to you and it says "$10,000." That's when panic actually hits and you realize that you don't have that much money. Don't fret though! Scholarships and grants can be your best friend come the new semester. Remember: "If there's a will, there's a way!"

4. "Roommates? I don't know about that."

Yep! Roommates are actually a thing. They can make college one of the most amazing experiences and can introduce you to new things every day! They're the ones that are going to be there when you're having a mental breakdown at three in the morning because you can't figure out why X=25. They're going to be there to give you advice when you need it the most.

5. "I'll miss my family."

It was probably about a month into the school semester that I realized how homesick I was and how much I missed my parents. I thought I was insane because I was an "adult" now, but it wasn't until I talked to my roommate that I realized I wasn't the only one.

She told me that missing my family was something entirely normal and everyone living away from home goes through it; "Its what makes you human," she said, "and it makes you appreciate them so much more."

6. "Clubs?"

If someone had told me in high school that clubs were going to be such an important piece of my college experience, I would've laughed at them. Although joining clubs in high school was just a way to really boost up your resume, clubs and organizations in college provide one of the most important things known to man in the 21st century: connections.

7. "Are professors Scary?"

In high school, did your teachers ever tell you that your professors were going to be the absolute worst? That they weren't going to care for you and that they could fail you just because? Wrong! Honestly, your professors will be some of the most interesting people you will ever meet. They're insanely knowledgeable and can 10/10 help you out with any question you might have about your career or about class.

8. "I have to know what I want to do in life."

Although some people find it ridiculous to not know what to do with your life once you're in college, it's honestly completely normal to not know. It's also completely normal to mess up and choose to do a completely different thing. College is meant to not only broaden your horizons with new things but to also indulge you in education and exploration.

9. "I'm an adult now?"

The best thing about attending a university is that everyone claims they're an adult, despite the fact that we're all just kind of winging it as we go. Don't ever stress about being labeled as an adult, chances are, nobody you're familiar with knows exactly on how to be an 'adult'; it's all a learning experience, so take it at your own pace.

10. "Will I really experience as much as I think I will?"

Being in college means that you're in for a real treat all around. Apart from meeting amazing people, you're going to learn new things and experience so much more. Don't let that intimidate you though; remember that learning is always a good thing and you're going to enjoy it in the long run.

Have it be an impromptu trip to New Orleans or a new type of food, either way, you're bound to learn new and incredible things!

11. "Will I lose all of my old friendships?"

Sometimes, I think back to my high school days and I can't help but remember all of my friends and how I didn't appreciate all of the times we spent together enough. Sometimes I think that things would be different if we were all together again, but then it hits me that those friendships that last through time and distance are the ones that you really need by your side. You'll meet new friends, and remember that the friends who don't make it through the distance and time, aren't really worth it.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


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Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

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  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
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  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
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  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
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  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
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  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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