To College Kids Everywhere, Don't Be Tied Down By Your Hometown
Start writing a post
Life Stages

To College Kids Everywhere, Don't Be Tied Down By Your Hometown

There's nothing wrong with moving on.

Photo by from Pexels

Everyone has some sort of "hometown identity". Maybe you're known for what you wear, or for who you're friends with,or for something you did or said at one point.

You might be known for something that happened years ago, or even for something one of your friends said or did. Your identity might even be bigger than that -- you might be part of a sports team, or attend a high school with a strong sense of school spirit. However, your hometown isn't your entire identity. This doesn't mean that you have to dismiss everything from your past -- keep your varsity letters, your yearbooks, your pictures, and keep in contact with friends and acquaintances in from your hometown if you want to. There's nothing wrong with staying friends with your high school squad or flipping through your old yearbooks every once in a while. However, remember that there's a life after high school.

After you graduate, you're free to move on and change your identity, whether that be dying or cutting your hair, getting a piercing or tattoo, or even coming out. You can leave your high school persona and hometown identity behind, and explore new styles, ideas, and identities. Don't worry about what people will think -- do what feels right for you.

Maybe everyone in your hometown keeps their hair a natural color and you want to dye yours hot pink -- do it. Maybe everyone in your hometown are strong sports fans but you prefer the arts -- go to that museum. Maybe everyone in your hometown has a specific political view that you don't agree with -- support who you agree with. You're an individual -- you have your own opinions on politics, style, music, and your own identity. Don't feel like you have to follow along with everyone in your hometown.

It's okay to keep ties to your hometown if you want to. It's okay to dress the same way you did in high school, or to listen to the same music listened to in high school, or to keep your old yearbooks. But if you want to completely change who you are, go for it. Do what you feel comfortable with -- not what is the norm in your hometown, or what you think people expect you to do. Be true to yourself, and be happy with what you do. Your hometown doesn't have to be a major part of your identity unless you want it to be.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

In an already unprecedented political landscape, things aren't looking so bright for mail-in voters heading into November's election. In 46 states and Washington D.C., post offices received a warning that mail-in ballots may not be counted on time to count on election day, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Keep Reading... Show less

"New Girl" is one of the best sitcoms of all time. Honestly, it is so much fun to watch, so much fun to relate to, just all around a great show.

Not only is a great show, it has so many different great settings, obviously including the loft. If you live by Nick Miller quotes and desperately tried to learn how to play "True American," you need to buy these things because you are a true "New Girl" fan.

Keep Reading... Show less

You know those items you've been pinning to your Home board on Pinterest for [insert amount of time]? Well, it's officially the moment to turn that wishlist into a married life reality, and it's going to be SO fun.

But, before you get to shopping and adding things to your upgraded bridal wishlist (sorry, Pinterest, it was lovely while it lasted), you'll first want to decide where you want to open your registry (or registries, if you want options). Here are 17 of the best websites and stores to consider saying "I do" to for your wedding registry, to have and to hold for as long as people are buying you wedding gifts.

Keep Reading... Show less

If you've ever been in the dating game, or currently are, chances are you've had a date gone wrong. These are often times super embarrassing, but they are always funny to look back on.

Keep Reading... Show less

I just recently got engaged and planning a wedding during a pandemic is actually kind of a nightmare.

A lot of venues are taken for 2021 because of corona brides and grooms who have had to reschedule their weddings and the same goes for other vendors and literally everything else.

Keep Reading... Show less

While promoting her most recent movie, "Work It," Sabrina Carpenter has divulged some of her favorite beauty products to interviewers.

Keep Reading... Show less

When I say we can't stop thinking about the relationship advice Miley Cyrus dropped on "Call Her Daddy" today, I mean it literally.

Her truth bombs hit me (and most who listened) like a wrecking ball and coupled with the release of her new song "Midnight Sky," we're going to need some time to process the greatness. In case you haven't listened yet (what are you waiting for?), here are 10 relationship tips Miley shared that we should all live by for the rest of time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Founders Of Color: Rec Room's Dre Taylor On What Blackness Can Look Like And Not Working For Free

"It mattered to me that when we were depicting racial diversity for Rec Room, we showed the broad spectrum of what Blackness can look like."

Rec Room

The world of sustainable fashion is inundated with marketing gimmicks, false advertising, and large corporations cutting corners — Rec Room is the pure antithesis of that.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 At-Home Therapy Tips You Need, No Matter What Your Therapy Routine Is

Whether you're in a Zoom session or live-chatting, make sure your home therapy space is good to go.

No matter what stigmas you held about therapy before this year, I'm sure 2020 has affirmed that we could ALL use a nice long therapy session. Between wildfires that took over an entire continent, a global health crisis, and what's sure to be one giant circus of an election in the United States, we need help and we need it now.

The fact of the matter is, therapy has been a helpful, valid resource long before the world decided to become one giant dumpster fire. Having a safe space to discuss what's going on in your life, worries you have, and struggles you're facing has become a very normal thing for individuals' mental health.

Keep Reading... Show less

Dunkin' just announced that they'll be releasing their fall menu earlier than ever — set to debut on August 19 — and that it'll include new menu options this season, including a new signature pumpkin spice latte. Let me just say, Starbucks has some fall-menu competition now.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments