Moving Back Into School: Expectations vs. Reality
Start writing a post
Student Life

Moving Back Into School: Expectations vs. Reality

It's all fun until classes start and your mom is gone

Moving Back Into School: Expectations vs. Reality

Living with your best friends, being back on campus after months at home, and decorating your own place are all what you look forward to all summer. School starting back up always seems like its going to be much better than in reality, so here are a few expectations that always fall through every September.

Hanging out with everyone you haven't seen since last semester.

Expectation: You think you'll be jumping into the arms of all of your friends when you first see them. You're going to spend all day and night catching up and being together; fireworks and everything.

Reality: Everyone is sweaty and tired from moving in. Stress is everywhere when everyone is cramming all of their clothes into the dresser drawers that are never big enough. Most of the time when you see people you're waving from a distance hoping not to have the "How was your summer?!?" conversation.

Having the cutest dorm in your hall

Expectation: After hours of Pinteresting and DIYing, you officially put together the greatest decorations for your room that will make everyone in your building jealous. Your room is the only one that doesn't look tacky since it is so personalized to you.

Reality: Your room looks practically the same as everyone else.

Syllabus Week

Expectation: You walk into class. Your professor reads off the syllabus. You're back in bed within a half hour.

Reality: You walk into class. Your professor says, "You should have already read the syllabus I emailed last week" and the first lecture begins.

You'll become the next Gordon Ramsey in your kitchen

Expectation: Since you have a whole kitchen in your apartment that obviously means you're going to be breaking out all of those Betty Crocker recipes you've drooled over. And each one is of course going to come out perfectly.

Reality: Cereal is the only thing you actually "make".

Staying in shape

Expectation: Now that you are back on campus you're going to work out once a day since the gym is RIGHT THERE.

Reality: Stress eating

Your Bank Account

Expectation: You worked all summer so that you'll be able to have fun all year with what you saved.

Reality: You're scrounging up change just to be able to get a coffee in the morning

The Upcoming Year

Expectation: You're going to kill your classes, make even more friends, and build on an even better year than the past one. You're going to conquer new fears, laugh a ton, and grow more than you could have imagined.

Reality: All of the above :)

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
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
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments