Leaving Home For College Is Different The Last Time Around

Leaving Home For College Is Different The Last Time Around

Things have changed since freshman year.


Flashback to this time three years ago. I was packing my bags and getting ready to move in to college for the first time. I was a ball of emotions. I was going to be 700 miles away from home, surrounded by people I didn't know. I was excited to start the next chapter in my life, but nervous for all the things that God had in store for me.

I felt like I was ready to be on my own and to make my own decisions away from my parents. Everyone told me all these great things that would happen to me while I was at college. I was told that I would find my real life long best friends and the person that I was going to marry. But when I got to school I wasn't looking for friends to replace the ones I had at home, although that ended up happening anyway.

Eventually I became homesick. I missed home-cooked meals and my shower (we have really great water pressure) and laughing with my family. For the first time in my life I had my own room which was something I'm still getting used to, despite going into my senior year.

Now as I prepare to move in for my senior year, I'm not nervous. It is a bittersweet feeling to be going into my last year. While I am ready to be done with the test-taking and stress that college brings, I love learning about ministry and the plans God has for me.

Getting ready to go back feels different this time. I have less things to pack. Saying goodbye to my family never gets easier but is something that I am used to. Going back to school feels like a routine. Like it's what I'm supposed to do.

This may be my last year at Union but I plan to make the most of it.

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