Start writing a post


the difference between college and high school and why they're both important


Senior year of high school has this magical ability to mend friendships and mesh cliques together, connecting them all through one fact: the end is near.

College has a similar effect. People who I never talked to in high school will stop on the South Oval and ask me how I'm doing. It's strange and comforting at the same time. Seeing people from high school on campus, no matter how unfriendly they were in high school, brings back the familiarity of high school. I may have dreaded high school, but at least I knew what to dread. There was this monotonous pattern. Whereas, in college, life is unpredictable and messy. The worst part is that it is an unknown territory.

I think everyone knows this deep down and feels lonely to some extent. I always tell people you are never alone in your loneliness, just look around. It's easy to be nice to people you were never kind to before in an environment that is unknown with a group of friends that you don't know.

Most of my high school friends went to the same college, and I was the outlier. I was always told to never pick my college based off of my friends. Freshmen year made me doubt that advice, but college has caused me to grow personally in ways I don't think I would have grown in if I had all my high school friends around me.

I've learned to be assertive in my classes, which I'm still working on, and speak my mind. I've had to learn to quit caring about what other people think of me. A life full of people-pleasing is a life others want you to have and not the life you want to have.

While I may have created a whole new friend group in college, my high school friends are still some of my closest friends. When I see them, we just pick up from where we left off. I think the important part of keeping friendships over a long distance, no matter how small the distance, is intentionality.

While I may not see them every day like I did in high school, I still make a point to text and call them throughout my week to make sure they are doing okay. It lets your friends know you care about them, plus you never know what they are going through in their own lives. They may need that particular text or call that day.

Intentionality is imperative even in friendships in college. I don't have classes with most of my friends, so the only time I see them is when we both have time to spare, which is rare. High school forced me to see my friends every day, whereas college makes it easy to disappear.

Keeping in touch with high school friends and college friends is equally important. College is an awkward transition from childhood to adulthood, and we all could use the company as we blindly stumble through life searching for a road map.

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

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments