6 Things You Feel When You Move Out-Of-State for College

6 Things You Feel When You Move Out-Of-State for College

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Some of us wanted to get out of our godforsaken town for an experience of a lifetime: College. Some moved just over the state line, some two or three hours away, some even more! Me? I moved about 700 miles away and 10.5 hours away from my small hometown of Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Where am I now? University of Wisconsin-Whitewater! This small campus with a big campus attitude! I absolutely love being a Warhawk, but at times, I miss being a “Somerset Golden Eagle.”

1. You are going to miss your family and friends

At first, moving away was like a vacation away from my crazy family, and it may seem that way to you as well, but you will miss them. This goes for your high school friends as well too (including the ones you’re not friends with anymore), there is no doubt about it!

2. You are going to get homesick

Homesickness comes in different ways, especially for me. When I would get really homesick I would time out exactly how long it takes to get home and the exact time that I could spend with my family and friends before I have to be back in class on Monday. I would also see things that would remind me of someone in my family or one of my friends, then there would be this pit in my stomach, a sense of emptiness. THAT IS COMPLETELY NORMAL! (I will probably visit my family one weekend soon, but it is only week four of classes, one day, but soon.) My advice for homesickness for any out-of-state students, or any freshmen for that matter, call your mom and dad, friends, aunts, uncles, other family members…Trust me, they miss you too!

3. You are going to miss your hometown stores and restaurants

In my hometown there were many local companies and stores that I took for granted: chip and milk companies; SHEETZ; local restaurants; and more! I am sure you are missing those things as much as I am missing Snyder of Berlin Chips, Galliker’s milk, and SHEETZ, but learn to embrace the new culture; and enjoy the local shops and the state’s main sellers (cheese and beer?)!

4. You are going to miss your pets

(This is my cute doggo!)

At first I thought being immersed in silence without my rowdy beagle being around was a good thing…I WAS WRONG I never thought I would miss my little dog and my old cat as much as I do now. The great thing about some colleges, and especially at mine, there are pet therapy sessions where they bring in a few dogs two to three times a week and the students get to pet them and hold them in the library! It really helps when you are stressed out or just missing your fuzzy friend!

5. You are going to say some funny things

You may think this one is a joke, but it’s not. Living around the Pittsburgh area and then moving out to the Midwest, I say EVERYTHING WRONG or I say different slang terms that the “natives” don’t understand or vice versa. Anytime I say a certain word, like “Wisconsin,” I am saying it wrong only because I have a dialect. (This isn’t a bad thing, it’s a really good conversation starter.) My advice for this is to learn the local slang but stay true to where you are from!

6. You are going to miss your high school teachers

Senior year, for me, I made a lot of good connections with my teachers, and some I wish were still teaching me at my university, however, they can’t travel with me, so I just send them a quick text or email telling them how I am doing. This one isn’t for everyone. I have friends back home who don’t miss high school at all and “hate the place,” but there are some aspects that I miss of high school, like the people who taught me so I could be ready for a college level of learning.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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The reality of becoming another year older and the stress that it may bring.

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Birthdays are all about being the center of attention, - birthday wishes from friends and family, and celebrating another milestone in your life. People go out of their way to buy party favors, set up parties, and buy gifts just to make someone feel special on their birthday. However, some people dread their special day because of anxiety and depression. This past weekend was my 22ndbirthday, and although I'm usually excited for my birthday, this was the birthday I had been dreading.

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Although birthdays bring some sense of negativity to me, I think that they should be celebrated in a positive light. My best friend, Colleen, knew I was feeling down about my birthday and wanted to help me feel better about turning the big 2-2. She bought balloons, silly string, and letter banners just to decorate our apartment to make me feel excited about the day. She bought me the most unique presents that only a best friend would know I would have wanted. At the end of the day, we went to my favorite restaurant and with the help of Colleen, my day had turned around.

While you may catch the birthday blues at some point in your lifetime, there are ways to change your attitude on the day. You may hear from someone from the past wishing you a happy birthday that can make you smile, or receive a gift from a family or friend that you had your eye on in the store and they knew you had to have it. Don't compare yourself to others when it comes to birthday plans, live the day how you would like and spend it with the people that matter most to you.

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