Moving into post-secondary is a massive transition, whether you're going into your first or final year. The process is lengthy and can very easily drain you, not just physically, but mentally as well.
Here are the top eight absolute worst parts of transitioning into college.
Applying for every scholarship and loan under the sun
Searching for the appropriate scholarships and loans that actually apply to you can be so frustrating. The process is confusing and can honestly make you doubt your decision to even attend post-secondary.
Packing your entire life into a suitcase (or two... maybe seven)
OK, seriously, how does anybody expect you to pack minimally?
The shirt you haven't worn since tenth grade? You might need it for a themed party! Your collection of vinyl records? Of course, it's coming with you!
It might take a couple of days to pack, but you need to be sure you have absolutely everything you need.
Spending a small fortune on textbooks
As if paying tuition isn't enough, they expect you to pay hundreds of dollars for textbooks you barely end up using.
This can honestly be a major downfall when you're trying to save money for more important things — you know, like the perfect decor for your dorm.
Trying to create the most well-laid-out class schedule you can
The rush you get while trying to be as quick as you can while applying for courses online is certainly... something else.
It's total chaos when you need specific classes or when your time slot is later than everyone else's. It's even worse when the one class you need is full by the time you even get to registering.
Adapting your sleeping pattern to be capable of attending morning classes
If you're unlucky enough to get stuck with morning classes before that start before 10:30, this goes out to you. Quickly adjusting your sleeping pattern that was absolutely destroyed over summer break is going to be difficult. We feel for you.
Mentally readying yourself to (basically) start fresh
Returning to college can feel like a new beginning for some people. You need time to prepare yourself to be ready for such a large change in your life. It's likely you won't know many people where you're headed, which can be a positive. It's an opportunity to start completely over and reinvent yourself.
Leaving your friends and family
This is the toughest part for many. Having to leave your friends and family behind can hurt like hell. It'll be alright in the end, though, because you'll meet so many new people where you're headed!
Also, you can always video chat with your loved ones back home.
This is either the best or the worst part. Move-in day is bound to be hectic. Thousands of young adults are running around with suitcases, boxes and duffle bags. Parents are touring the campus. It's super frustrating trying to get everything done with so many others in your way. It's likely you'll even doubt your decision to live in a dorm for a moment.
Hang in there, though. College is a spectacular experience, and you're going to have the time of your life!