5 Unexpected Changes That Happen In The Limbo Between High School And College

5 Unexpected Changes That Happen In The Limbo Between High School And College

Our lives are changing in weird ways we weren't expecting.


I've been looking forward to college pretty much from the day I started high school. I've finally graduated, but college doesn't start for another two months, and currently, I, like many other soon-to-be freshmen, am stuck in the limbo between high school and college.

Here are some of the bizarre changes and feelings I've been experiencing:

1. Friendships.

From about the 4th grade on, I had been in the same school district with roughly the same group of kids. Even if I didn't speak to some of them, I knew who they all were. And being in advanced classes, my classmates usually ranged from about 50 students out of the 400 in my graduating class.

My point is I've seen a lot of these people nearly every day for the past eight years and now we're all splitting up in different, crazy directions. My former classmates are spreading out all over and it's a weird feeling acknowledging that I will never see some of these people ever again. On the other hand, I'm trying to spend as much time as I can with the friends I have because I know it's going to be hard splitting from them when fall comes.

2. Relationships.

Many of us were involved in relationships throughout high school, and the thought of college can really throw the relationship right off-track. I just recently split from my long-term boyfriend, partially because I'm moving away to go to Western. Unfortunately, this seems to be a relatively common thing that occurs in the summer limbo.

3. The Living Situation.

As of right now, I don't know what my future dorm room looks like or even what room it's in! Housing assignments don't come out for freshmen until August, and while the prospect of moving out is super exciting, it's also terrifying! I've never actually lived away from my parents and I can't help but be worried about being out there on my own.

Then again, I guess it's really "on my own," because I'm going to have roommates! But still, it's hard to look at my current bedroom and think about how I'm going to have a completely different room in just a few months. In addition to the thoughts about the room itself, I'm trying to buy furniture and decorations for it which has been proving a little difficult since I don't know quite what I need yet. I'm sure I'll figure it out later, but for now, I have a small stack of "dorm room things" sitting in my bedroom.

4. Gifts.

This topic isn't as much of a college change rather than an adulthood change. This past year I noticed that the gifts I received from my family had a drastic change in their purpose. When I was younger, the presents were mainly about giving me entertainment of some kind. But now, the gifts I'm receiving have a much more practical outlook.

For my birthday, almost all of my presents from my mother were geared towards college, namely my dorm room. I received a shower caddy, a pair of shower shoes, and a power strip, to name a few. While I'll miss receiving the more "fun" items, I do have to say that I appreciate her getting me gifts that I'll get practical use out of.

5. Expectations.

Honestly, the weirdest feeling I'm experiencing is being unsure of what to expect. Throughout all of high school, I always sort of knew what the next year would hold for me, especially with the strict graduation requirements and lack of variety in classes. But there are so many different classes available at Western and just trying to casually look through them can feel overwhelming. My older friends have told me about their college experience, but I still don't know what exactly to expect. I feel like I'm going in a little blind. But even with all the weird feelings I'm experiencing right now, I'm overall for excited for the future.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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