I never thought I would be writing an article about high school. I never felt nostalgic about my own high school experience and honestly, I thought writing about the topic was overrated. Nevertheless, I find myself here doing exactly that after graduating just a year ago around this time. If I learned anything in the past few years, it's that so much more lies ahead. High school is only the beginning of a future filled with a wealth of new experiences. After feeling stuck in the same mundane routine that seems to never end, graduation will arrive and you will enter a new phase of life. Once you turn your tassel, there's no going back. Here's how your life will change once you walk through the doors of your school for the last time.

1. You will begin to feel more like a real adult.

Now that you have some freedom and independence, you will begin to feel more like a maturing adult.

2. The world won't seem so small anymore. 

High school can feel petty at times and once you enter a new environment, you will expand your horizons.

3. School will feel less like a prison. 

College classes are nothing like high school classes. With a schedule that you get to choose and more time for breaks, school won't confine you and take up so much of your time.

4. You will become more self-aware.

Once you're on your own, you will begin to realize what works best for you in terms of your habits and schedule. This personal insight will help you in the long run and can be used to your advantage.

5. You will find your true friends.

Getting involved in college is so much easier because there are tons of new people around that are bound to share some of your interests. Some of these people will grow to become your closest friends.

6. You will work harder than you ever thought you could. 

College is not all fun and games. You will definitely experience some trying times, but they will challenge your willpower and show you how resilient you actually are.

7. You will stumble upon something that will become your passion.

With classes that you would've never imagined taking and clubs for just about any interest, you are bound to find something that you are passionate about during the next four years of your life.

8. You will immerse yourself in new experiences. 

You won't be stuck in a bubble any longer. Whether you adapt well to change or not, college will always find ways to sneak up on you as you find yourself immersed in new experiences.

9. Opportunities to achieve success will be at your fingertips.

There are so many opportunities for students to succeed on campus. Colleges truly provide an empowering space for everyone to pursue their goals because there are so many people around who are willing to help you!

10. You will actually learn about life when you're not in the classroom. 

Unlike in high school, your peers and acquaintances will teach you life lessons outside the classroom. By meeting people from backgrounds unlike your own, you will have so much to learn!

11. You will become more disciplined and achieve what you set out to do.

No one is here to check up on you anymore, so you will have to keep yourself grounded in your responsibilities. In honing this skill, you will be able to achieve success in whatever goals you decide to pursue.