Being Away From College During The Holidays
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Being Away From College During The Holidays

Sometimes it is hard to leave your new lifestyle and go back to old routines.

Being Away From College During The Holidays
Genesis Lee-Smith

This past semester, I began my freshmen year of college. Before beginning college, I did not know what to expect since I had never experienced being on my own or away from my home. When I went through my first semester of college, I felt like I had grown so much and learned so much about myself. It was hard for me to wrap my head around going back home to Georgia for the holidays for a month and a half since I had been introduced to my new life in Florida for the past three months.

The first week back home from college, I really struggled going back to the old routine of life because I felt like my life was completely different at school and I loved every bit of it. I love home, too, but I felt like my life was on pause or that I had gone back a step because I was where I was before I had gone to college. I realized that I had grown so much with other young adults who were experiencing the same new life as me. I had made so many friends who also experienced being away from home for the first time and many friends who just thrived in our new life.

Since I have grown so much in the past three months with others, I have decided to see how much I will grow by myself at home since I am not around my new friends or new lifestyle anymore. I decided to live more in the moment here in Georgia. When I was in Florida going to school, I think that I did a great job of taking in every moment because I told myself to enjoy it all. I enjoyed the palm trees, all of the beach trips, all of the Universal Studios trips, all of the new friends I made, etc. I enjoyed every single moment, so I am deciding to take in every moment that I have back home. I do not want to be home and wish that I was back at school or think about school too much because then I will be focusing on school instead of focusing on where I am currently at right now, Georgia. I want to be here enjoying my family and my time here with friends because they are excited to have me back home even though they know that I love being at school. I want to say that I "look forward to going back to school" instead of saying that "I miss school."

In addition, I am thankful that I am still able to talk with my friends from college through FaceTime, messages, phone calls, etc. It gives me a little feeling of my new home at college, yet; I also know that they are also having to leave our new home, so they can relate to how I feel about being away from school.

I talked to some young adults from other colleges and some are dealing with it harder being away from school and some prefer to at home rather than at school. I believe that everyone's feelings are valid though because either way being away from college or being at college is a season of change for all students, especially if you live in a different state. Going without the warm Florida weather and palm trees honestly added to me missing school because it was a mental and physical change for me.

I just feel for other college students who do not enjoy school as much as I do because I absolutely love college. I think that all college students should choose a place where they feel the happiest or most successful because school, itself, is already a lot of work. I feel that they should be happy where they are even if it is doing school online from home or even if it means that college is not for them. I just feel that everyone deserves to be happy or learn in any season of their life because college is a lot of change, so students should be at a school where they can feel their best.

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