Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.
They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.
They say that you will meet your future people in college.
What they don't tell you is how much it will hurt.
Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.
Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.
Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.
Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.
They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.
They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.
The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.
Complete strangers will move in and never speak.
You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".
Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.
If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.
College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.
You have to make things easy in order for things to happen.
You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.
It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.
The best way to deal with it all, find someone!
Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.
Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.
Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.
Find your someone, a friend or someone special, to help you make it through everything that life throws at you.
If I had that someone I might have been better off my first year.