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I'm ready for college...and you are too.

As an incoming freshman, I will admit that I don't know much about what I'm getting myself into and my advice is probably not as good as that senior who knows it all. But what I do have over all of those upperclassmen is that I'm living this with you. I will be going through the exact same things that you are. So, if you'd like some of my mediocre advice, keep on readin'.

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First let me start out by stating the fact that I'm terrified.

In the beginning of summer, I obviously knew I was going to college in a few months, but at the same time it was the furthest thing from my mind. The only thing I cared about was my work schedule and when I was hanging out with my friends or boyfriend next. Fresh out of high school and feeling on top of the world. I was having the time of my life.

A couple weeks later, I had orientation and I started to think of what was coming for me in the fall. My Pinterest was soon filled with cute pictures of dorm rooms and I was making lists on Amazon for things I intended to buy. I was SO excited. I couldn't wait to go and experience new things, in a new place, with new people. August couldn't come soon enough.

In the beginning of July, the excitement hadn't faded. It only grew. I started making a list of things I thought I needed, and crossed them off as I went. A few things here and a few things there. Conversations with my future roommate had gotten deeper and we started talking about more than just our favorite movies and food. I was lucky enough to have met my roommate on a facebook page so I knew we were going to get along. She reminded my of some of the friends that I currently have here at home. They'd all begun to talk about me leaving, some being more upset than others. My best friend, being an underclassmen, got teary eyed whenever anyone brought it up. I just laughed, gave her a hug, and told her that she'd be okay.

Now it's the end of the month. I've finished buying the important things for my room and now all that's left is the little odds and ends. My meal plan has been chosen, activity tickets bought, and parking pass taken care of. I feel like there are things that I should be doing, but really the only thing left for me to do is wait. There are no more deadlines, loans and scholarships are being finalized, and the last bits of information is coming in the mail.

However...everything has finally sunken in. Unfortunately for me, it all came at once, which was a little overwhelming. The other day, I was talking with my mom about me leaving, and I cried for the first time. Throughout the entire college process, from just visiting Iowa State to about to getting the date to move in, I haven't cried once, but the dam holding back all the tears has finally broke, and man was it holding back a lot.

It started out with me missing my family. My mom, dad, stepmom, and step-siblings. They'll no longer be just a couple feet away if I ever need something. From advice to the simple small things like my mom bringing me food (and an eye roll) when I'm being too lazy to get off the couch. They won't be there.
Next, was my boyfriend. He isn't going to the same college as I am and it hurts to think of how we'll go from seeing each other almost every day to maybe once every couple of weeks. And that's if we're lucky. We've been together for quite awhile, but the question of "will we stay together" still pops into my head. We're planning on it, but what if it doesn't work out? It'll hurt like hell. So much that I don't even want to think about it, but I guess what's meant to be will be.
After that it took a turn to my friends. All of them are either underclassmen or going somewhere else, so I can't just take a short drive and show up at their door. My best friend is going to be what hurts the most considering she means the world to me. I know they'll be perfectly fine, however my her tears don't seem so funny anymore and I wish I held on to that hug a little longer.
Finally it went full circle, and now it was back to me. I'm going to be leaving everything that I've ever known. I'm going to a school where the student population alone is four times its size of my hometown. I'm not going to know anybody, and I hate being alone. I don't know how I'm going to afford anything because I know for a fact that I'll be broke. All in all, I'm a mess.

But ya know what? So is everyone else.

I'm 1 of 7,000 freshman at my school, and one of millions in the country that are going through the exact same thing. They're nervous to leave their homes, and some are a lot further away than mine is. They're nervous about classes and getting good grades because this is where it actually matters. They're going to be absolutely broke with me, so you can catch us all in the Dollar Store and surrounding any sign that says sale. And besides, it's not like I'm never coming home again.

So, since being terrified is sounding like what I'm supposed to be, then I'd say I'm ready to go. I'm ready to take on this new chapter in my life and all of the battles that come with it. Some will be harder than others, but I'm sure they'll be worth the fight. I'm ready to be scared and nervous because I'm not going to let that stop me from living my life and experiencing new and exciting things. I'm ready for college.

And you are too.

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Learning as you go is what adulthood is all about.

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After graduating, there were a lot of things I had to figure out on my own because I wasn't fully taught in high school. Learning these things build character. The struggles to find your way in life can create the great person you know you can be. We can learn great things as we develop throughout the journey of adulthood.

Here are 12 of the hardest things to learn as you enter adulthood.

1. All of the options you have after graduation

It's hard to be aware of every opportunity you could potentially have. Trade school? Four-year college? Community college? Military? Workforce? It's all out there for us to decide. We have to figure out what's best for our lives. (Sometimes you don't figure this out right away which is very normal.)

2. How to file taxes

Even the word "taxes" seems a little too "adult-like" to me.

3. How to be smart about your money

Whether this be learning to take out loans, budgeting, making smart financial decisions; there is a lot of room for error if you don't learn early on in adulthood.

4. How to be appealing to a future employer

This means learning to write a professional resume/cover letter and being able to rock an interview,

5. How to participate in politics

It's the American duty to be properly educated on politics and exercising those rights by registering to vote.

6. The basics in having a car 

We should all be informed on the basic upkeep of your vehicle; such as getting regular oil changes

7. Learning about consent

This is something high school sex ed doesn't cover but definitely should.

8. How to properly cope with your emotions

Taking care of yourself is an important role in properly dealing with emotional stress.

9. Making eco-friendly choices to help the environment

Our generation needs to focus on making better choices for our Earth before there's nothing left to save.

10. How to eat healthy 

Despite busy schedules and pesky cravings, learning to eat better is a sign you're growing up. You suddenly understand why your mom always said "no" to McDonald's because there is food at home.

11. How to time manage

Juggling work, schooling, social life, fitness, family-time, etc. forces you to learn to make time for all of the things in your life.

12. How to gain confidence in yourself

When you reach a certain age you stop caring about what others think/say. You gain the confidence in your life choices and rock 'em. You unapologetically live your life the way you want to.

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