I hate to admit it, but I'm literally young, dumb, and broke like Khalid says. Just like the rest of you freshman out there I thought I was overly prepared to move out of the house, and into college. I didn't think I would even break a sweat during the whole process. Little did I know it would be one hell of a stressful day. From not being able to sleep (I was up for a total of 30-some hours), to breaking out in hives, I can proudly say I'm onto day two alone and... I'm still alive.
Now don't let me fool you, back home I was pretty independent compared to everyone else. I liked working, I did my own thing 99% of the time, and I always knew that if anything were to happen I'd totally be able to survive on my own.
College is inevitably going to hit you like a train hitting a solid concrete wall.
Regardless of how prepared you think you are, I promise it will. As always I'm here to help, so here are a few pieces of (rather premature and pristine) advice that I can give you.
Get familiar with campus BEFORE move in day. If I would've done this, I wouldn't have spent an hour looking for my dorm. Seriously, this will help tremendously.
Next thing is, know what your dorm will look like beforehand. It will be so much easier on move in day and while you're shopping for the things you need.
You guys should also know this... communicate with your roommate! You can save so much time, money, conflict and confusion if you do.
Figure out how your meal plan works so you aren't dumbfounded while trying to eat somewhere. Bring some of your favorite knick knacks to make your dorm feel more like home, this will help with homesickness. Lastly, do not forget to bring stuff to snack on. I know it seems like a given, but you don't want to end up young, dumb, broke and hungry.
Before I got here, I was so unprepared it's crazy. After the first day of unpacking, scheduling classes, searching for places to eat, and finally laying down in bed, I still wasn't at ease. I was anxious (and hot because there isn't any freaking air conditioning in my dorm), so I went on a walk. I walked through the entire campus and even off campus.
I saw tons of people out having a blast, I saw all the stores, all the places to eat, and everything else that Bowling Green State University has to offer. After that, it felt like there was a huge weight lifted off of my chest. I felt a little more at home. I wasn't so scared anymore. I figured out that within due time, this place was going to become home and I am beyond excited for that.
With all of that being said, don't worry.
If I can do it, I promise you can do it. You've got this. It's quite scary at first, but after your nerves calm down due to the shock of change... it's going to become home. I've realized that you and I are gonna make friends, we're going to figure it out and find our way. We got thrown into adulthood with slim to no time to adjust, but someday we will look back at college and reminisce about how marvelous these times were. Nonetheless, just take a chill pill and wait it out... we're about to experience some of the most amazing times we have ever had.