To The Incoming College Freshman, You Have No Idea All That You Are About To Learn
Start writing a post
Student Life

To The Incoming College Freshman, You Have No Idea All That You Are About To Learn

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go!"

To The Incoming College Freshman, You Have No Idea All That You Are About To Learn
Sarah Glaser

Dear fearful teen,

I know how you are feeling right now. That crazy mix of emotions that transitions between excitement, fear, and overall apprehension. You have been waiting for this day for so many years, and now that it has come, you just do not even know what to think.

Whether you have chosen a school just miles from your house, or are moving cross-country away from your family, you know deep down that nothing will ever be the same. And while I would love to calm all of your fears and say that it will all be the same next year, I am simply here to tell you that it will not. But, it is all going to be okay.

College is a time of change. It is a time to move away, to become independent, and find who you really are. Nothing will ever be the same, but I can say, from experience, that it will be alright in the end. The year will go by. You will experience the highest highs and the lowest lows, and life will go on.

College is going to change you. You are going to meet the most amazing people you will meet in your entire life. I know this is surely what your parents have been telling you, and you surely think "but nobody can be more amazing than the friends I already have."

And while you must make a special effort when moving away to keep these friends close to your heart, you must also be willing to branch out and meet these amazing new college beings. These are the people who will be at your wedding someday, whose children will be your children's best friends one day, whose families will one day become your own.

And in college, you will learn things you never knew you needed to know. Because young, fearful teen, I am here to tell you that college is not about getting a degree. (GASP!) I know.

You have been told forever that college is about learning and choosing your forever career, and finding your place in the world. While college certainly does provide you with these things, it is simply not what college is for. College is for finding your best friends, and learning to fail, and learning to bounce back from these failures. It's about learning your limits and learning to be free and learning to be who you are.

Yes, the 10 page papers help to teach you these lessons. But, college is about so much more than that. Even if one day you chose to be a stay at home parent or change your career path, college will forever have provided you with the most amazing memories of your life.

So, fearful college freshman, get excited. This journey is something that you will cherish for your whole life. There are still days when I question what college is, and why I am here, and what I have learned. But then I remember how blessed I am to be gaining such a meaningful experience alongside my forever best friends.


An equally fearful, but slightly more experienced, soon to be college sophomore

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less
Two teenage girls smiling

The 2000s were a time that many young adults today can look back on, joyfully reminisce and somewhat cringe at the trends and the fads that we all used to love and adore. Here's a list of things from the golden 2000s that will have one feeling nostalgic about all of those times.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

7 Types Of Students You Will Meet In College

You wish you could be #5, but you know you're probably a #6.

cool group of lazy college students in class

There are thousands of universities around the world, and each school boasts its own traditions and slogans. Some schools pride themselves on sports, while others emphasize their research facilities. While there is a myriad of differences among each and every school, there will always these seven types of students in class.

Keep Reading...Show less
woman in white tank top and orange jacket holding a bible
Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

Life is hard. There is no surprise there. It’s confusing and scary and hectic, but there are some amazing qualities, too. Sometimes you feel alone and don’t know what to do. School gets in the way of what you want to do or you’re dropping friends you thought you trusted. Everyone has their moments. Everyone has felt in the lowest place and couldn’t find the strength to get back up. But I want to help with that. Here are 10 Bible verses I hope will brighten your day, or at least make you feel stronger and happier.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments