The first semester of college — there is so much excitement there. Moving in day, first day of classes, getting books, meeting new friends, no curfew, joining clubs, etc. It's an exciting time in any teenagers life because, on top of these new things, there is no more living under your parents rule. You can do anything you want, well to an extent. But there are so many new feelings and experiences with starting college.
It's an all-new experience, you unpacking you dorm and getting ready for classes and meeting your roommates for the first time. It's just a new exciting time in your life because you're going into the unknown but it's also exciting because you get to do all these different things that you have never done before.
You are in an unfamiliar place, without your parents around to be able to come and help you or be around when you need them. You have to face things alone now, everything they use to do for you they no longer can do. You have to grocery shop, make dinner, no more home cooked meals, the comfort of home is gone. There is no more favorite spot on the couch or your favorite local restaurant, or grabbing coffee with your childhood friends when you need to just have a good time.
No more listening to mom and dad, you get to make your own decisions and do whatever you please. There isn't a curfew and having to constantly check in and let your parents know where you are at all times of the day. You can decide whether you do laundry today or next week or if you clean up your room or leave it a mess. Almost every aspect of your life is up to you and whatever you decide is up to you.
With college starting, it's the end of your childhood, no more living at home. You spend most of your time with your roommates and friends then you do with your family for now. You have to make important decisions that will affect the rest of your life forever. No pressure, or anything.
All of a sudden you are expected to decided what you want to do with the rest of your life. You have to create a well rounded individual for the real world so you will get hired for a job in the field you choose. You have papers upon papers due and tests and quizzes. And making sure you are involved in clubs and be active in your community. It seems like it's all to much but it gets easier.
With being in a new school, the likelihood you know anyone is slim to none, so being in a new environment it tends to make you more outgoing so you can meet new friends and find a group of people to hang out with while you are at school so it doesn't seem so lonely. Most people are in the same boat so it's relatively easy to find some people who are looking for some friends. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there.
Getting accepted into college is a big deal, it takes a lot of hard work in high school to be able to get to the standards that college's want. It's a happy time because you are getting to start a new chapter in your life and it's the beginning of the rest of your life. There are so many opportunities now that might not have been available to you before.
It all happens to us, something goes wrong and all you want is for your mom or dad to just come and comfort you. Because a hug from mom or dad doesn't compare to anything else. Or you are just missing home cooked meals and being able to sit down with them at the dinner table, and just enjoy each others company. It's OK to feel this way everyone does at some point in the school year.
That paper that took you five days to write you got an A on, or the test you thought you were gonna fail you got a B. Or the fact that you got into college and you are doing well is something to be extremely proud of because it's not an easy thing to do. Everything you have done during this semester, well most everything is something to be extremely proud of.
You did it, you finished your first semester of college, that is a major accomplishment in it of itself. There were a lot of ups and downs through it all but you made it. And now you get a break — and trust me it's a well-deserved break. One semester down only seven or eight more to go! You can do it!
While you might feel all of these things at one time or another, college is a great experience and there is nothing to be afraid of. So get ready and get excited because a whole new chapter is waiting for you.