I Love College, But I Miss My Life Before College

I Love College, But I Miss My Life Before College

Life before college was easy.
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The thought of college actually aways really scared me, the thought of packing up all of your stuff and moving away to practically live in a room with a bunch of strangers. Sure, college has its glorious parts like the parties and being away from parents nagging on you and, of course, it's a fresh start, but for some of us, fresh starts are hard to comprehend.

I miss my everyday routine. Waking up earlier and going to classes for a longer time sounds like a ridiculous request, but high school was fun at times. Sure it's much nicer now to pick when you go to class and have breaks in between classes to nap, but there's nothing like knowing every single person's name in your class and maybe knowing a little bit about them too. I miss seeing familiar faces everywhere I look. Now, it's a shock if you even see someone from a class you have every other day walking on campus.

I miss coming home to things waiting for me like my dog with his tail wagging or a warm meal on the table that might even be a little cold by the time I eat it. In college, all you'll get waiting for you is the loads and loads of homework piling up or you could get the loads of dirty clothes you left on the floor because you don't even have the time to pick them up.

I miss the comfort of my own home. NOTHING is as homey as the house that you grew up in, and you won't realize this enough until you're away from it. I miss how comfortable my bed really is, no twin size, mattress pad or twin XL comforter will ever be comparable to sleep in at that level of comfort. I miss the feeling of showering without flip flops and on a time limit. No hard, unsoftened water shower in college will ever make you feel as clean as the one in your own home.

I miss my clique. Some of us have been blessed to have found an amazing friend group in high school. College creates such a distance, besides location, between you and your friends. You may be so used to talking on the daily and sharing every detail with your close friends, you may have even made a promise to talk every Tuesday at 2 p.m.; however, life gets crazy and that every week thing turns into every other week and eventually we find ourselves getting lost, not even knowing what was said last to them.

I miss the little things that I don't get to do in college. I miss being able to drive and being so familiar in my town that I lose focus on the actual task of driving and find myself in my own little world. I miss being able to go to any destination I want when I want, like the mall or to get a specific food. I miss being able to spend my time how I want it and not feeling stuck.

I miss the familiarity of everything. Days go by and months go by and soon years will go by. College is a large part of our lives; it changes us. It changes our routines, our comfort zones and just about every little aspect of our lives will soon change. It's so easy to get caught up in these things and let our minds be stuck on what life was like before this whole universe existed. But soon in four or a few more years our lives will be completely flipped again and we have to trust that all of those things before this life will either go back to how they were or they will be even better.

At the end of the day, college gives you so much, even when it's hard to see at times, college is a pretty weird/cool thing.

Cover Image Credit: Sierra Gardner

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Stop Ranking Women By Looks Just Because You Have An Ugly Ego

Start paying attention to what really matters.
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For some reason that is beyond me, college boys (and I say boys because they are not yet men, obviously) seem to still be ranking girls by their looks. I experience this the most with the "tier system" in Greek life - a hierarchy of sororities based off of who is "hot" and who is "not."

Someone recently attacked the sorority I'm in on Twitter - I'll be nice and not call him out - for being "bottom tier", even though my sorority is filled with beautiful, bright and caring women from all over the country who should not be getting bullied on social media by a butt-hurt frat boy.

This spectacle created a lot of conversation and drama that had me thinking about why women are still putting up with this - and not just in Greek life or college. Women are constantly being judged by their looks, and it's unfair. Yeah, we may also look for certain traits in a man, but I can't recall one time in my life when my friends and I just sat there and taunted others for not being "hot" the way these immature boys do. Not once. Not even in middle school.

I want to say that is blossoms from insecurities, and maybe it does in a way, but I think it's more shallow than that. I honestly believe this mentality comes from the desperate need that many have to feel better than others. People are always competing with one another, whether it's in college or in the workplace, which can spark a lot of "salt", as they say. In other words, boys fuel their big egos by calling girls ugly.

It's time that these boys finally become men and start realizing what really matters. Success is attractive, independence is attractive and most importantly, kindness is attractive. This hotness hierarchy of women created by ego-driven boys is pathetic and cruel.

If you're calling a group of women out on social media for being "less hot" than others, you are the ugly one. It's a bad look, and now everyone on Twitter knows you're an a**hole.

This isn't the first time I've experienced this. In high school, boys at my school would make lists of girls who were "hot" and lists of girls who are "not." I'm sure many others can attest to this. It even happens in the workplace, just more discreetly as "locker room talk." Women can't escape this wherever they go, and it shouldn't be that way.

A woman shouldn't work hard her whole life being nothing but selfless and kind to others just to be shot down by barbarous discussions between boys who are usually just trying to conform with those around them and feel better about themselves, not realizing the detriment it causes women who don't deserve it.

To the boy who came at my sisters and I. To all boys who think making fun of others is okay: Stop ranking women, stop being shallow and stop feeding into your ugly ego.

Cover Image Credit: Mikail Duran

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I'm Saying Bye, Felicia, To Freshman Year And Starting To Flirt With Sophomore Year

Chapters can't last forever, so here's a quick run-through of the first chapter of my new beginning!
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FLASH, as I sat in my room thinking about freshman year, I came to the realization that it was really over. This left me with a feeling of sadness because one of the best years of my life had been completed. So, I guess it is true when they say that time flies, and this is why you must strive to create worthwhile memories. The end is always near.

I have changed a lot over this year, and I couldn’t be better for it. I’m more aware of myself, and I love that I”m getting better with God. Going off to college is meant for you to find yourself and explore who that exactly is. While I have year one down in discovering this, I ’m looking forward to seeing what I flourish into.

I was looking through my pictures and Snapchat memories throughout the year, and all I could do was smile at the precious things and laugh at how silly my friends and I are. The memories that I captured can’t be replaced. It’s also about the memories that happened, but you weren’t able to capture them. Those are the ones that get brought up and you all sit there wheezing trying to get it out.

I absolutely believe that you will meet lifelong friends in college. I’m lucky enough to have two sets of friends. I have my Southerners friends and my everyday friend group. We have been in some crazy and hilarious situations.

One of my favorite memories is finals week during the first semester. Leave it to Wes and me to start a dance party on the 10th floor of the library and actually get other people to join in. Another one of my favorite memories is going on an adventure to find my first drive-in movie with three of my closest friends to see “It.”

Three people deserve special recognition because they impacted my year the most. Chrystah, because I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my best friend with me to college, and I wouldn’t have wanted to start freshman year without her.

Courtney for starting out as my roommate and ending up as the person I can cry to at 2 a.m. when I need to, go on several WalMart trips, and meet interesting characters at the TMB with (you know exactly who I’m referring to.) I can honestly call you one of my best friends now and can’t wait to live with you for three more years. June 1st here we come, baby!

Lastly, Micaiah, the girl I’m lucky enough to get as a Big. The night I found out I was your little, I cried...literally! I loved being able to just stop by your room and eat Fruity Pebbles with while we watch “Shrek.” You will do anything and almost everything for me and I am eternally grateful!

“The moment you’ve all been waiting for...The Marching Southerners!”, the highlight of my first semester. The Southerners is an experience like no other. From the people to the music, and the memories...you have no choice but to be in awe.

The first time my ears had the pleasure of hearing Stars and Salvation, I knew that I was home and that this group of people were something special. I could continue on this subject, but I will save that for another article.

So, to the soon to be freshman, treasure and make the most of this time. You only get one freshman year of college and you have to decide how it turns out. Even though it was cut short, I can look back on my freshman year and be full of joy.

You’re going to make mistakes and feel totally lost at times, but when you bounce back, those worries and mistakes will seem small. This is me ending another chapter of my life, while you are about to begin yours. Good luck to you all and as Ivey would say, “Peace and Blessings!”

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