The Reality Of College Still Hasn't Set In

The Reality Of College Still Hasn't Set In

Waiting for my new reality to sink in.
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As midterms are upon us, many people are feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I'm in that boat with just about the rest of the student body. While I am very comfortable and very happy at Emory, it still hasn't fully set in that this is where I will be spending the next four years of my life. I still feel like I should be heading home in a few weeks to go to school and return to my regular life. My life at Emory still hasn't become my new "normal."

Living on my own feels more like being away at a summer camp than internalizing that this is my new reality. Maybe that's because that's all I know and a summer camp is the only thing I have to relate to this new experience. I feel like we should be wrapping up and heading home soon, saying goodbye to the friends we've made, maybe to see them again next summer if you both return. But of course, that isn't the case.

For the break, I will be heading home to see my family but it doesn't feel like I will have to leave home again to come back to school. I'll have to say goodbye to my family all over again. But I will be coming back to my "home" where all my stuff is and even more importantly where my friends are.

It seems like a weird balance. While I don't always realize that this is where I will spend the next four years of my life, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Emory is a place of growth and challenge for me. I am expanding my education in two fields simultaneously. It's hard and yes some days I wonder if it is worth it but, I walk to my class and pass an amazing medical school and a world known hospital and I'm able to remind myself that yes, it is all worth it. I know this isn't supposed to be easy, and I have to remember that that is half the reason I love what I am studying.

While this is all still very foreign to me, I know that every day that I push myself it will become a little more routine than the day before. Every time I go home and come back to school will seem a little more natural. The sound of the train behind Kaldi's and helicopters coming and going from the hospital will become the sounds of home. The trek back and forth from the biology building to the music building will seem less laborious. Every hour I spend in the library or the Reading Room will all add up one day. The reality will set in and there will be no turning back after that.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

Cassidy
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