8 Things I Learned After Moving Away to College

8 Things I Learned After Moving Away to College

The experience you get when you move away for college is incredible, but learning the ropes of adult life is one heck of a rollercoaster.


Moving away from your hometown for college is basically a pre-run on adulting. Things are just thrown at you and the majority of the time, you have absolutely no idea how to handle them. Here are just a few things I learned in my first semester being four hours away from my hometown.

1. You Realize How Expensive Things Actually Are

What do you mean a Boot Daddy at Andy's is five dollars? Why are gas prices changing so much? Have vending machines always been this expensive? If you don't check your bank account for two days, it's like the money once in there grew legs and walked away. (Sorry, Dad.)

2. Being Alone Is Not All That Bad

In your hometown being alone is weird. But, being in college and being alone can sometimes be the greatest thing, especially when you share a small box for a room with another person. Eating alone in the dining hall is sometimes relaxing, walking to class alone is a good time to think, and lying in bed and watching Netflix alone is a good stress reliever.

3. You Don't Have To Go Out All The Time

It is scary to move to a new place and try to make new friends. Partying and going out is an easy way to meet people, but not the only way. Meet everyone down your hall, make friends with people in class make friends with your friends' other friends. There are so many ways to make friends on a college campus, not just going out every weekend.

4. You Learn Who Matters The Most To You

Although sending a text or making a phone call isn't all that hard, you lose time being so busy in college. You get caught up in the mix of classes, homework, other clubs and organizations, you lose time easily. Within the first few weeks, you will start to figure out which people from back home try to connect with you and which ones you try to connect with. Those are the people that matter the most in your life if you haven't realized it before.

5. Being Independent Isn't Always Easy

No one is there to make you go to class, tell you to do homework, do your laundry, study for that exam. Everything is all on you. Going from high school to college is a whole new ball game that most people aren't ready for. It is hard to force yourself to do things when no one else is there to tell you what to do. My advice: find someone who can be accountable for you, and you be accountable for them.

6. College Isn't Always Exciting

There comes a time when tailgate season ends, syllabus week is over, the sun sets earlier, and the mornings are harder to deal with as time goes on. College is shown to be so fun and exciting all over the media, but that isn't always exactly true. College is about getting a degree and education, not always being fun and games. That being said, separate your work from play.

7. The Bond You Form With Friends In College Is Different

Who knew the girls down the hall would become your best friends in a matter of weeks? Being away from home causes you to step out and get comfortable with people quicker than you would think. When you basically live with your best friends, your bond is unbreakable.

8. It Was The Best Decision You Ever Made

It isn't easy moving hours away from home when you are 18 years old, but it is worth it. The opportunities you are open to, the adventures you go on, and the experiences you have are priceless.

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To College Kids Bankrolled By Their Parents, You Can't Put 'Spoiled' On A Resume

Do you expect Mommy and Daddy to foot your AmEx Black Card bill forever?

Growing up, I never had things handed to me unless it was a present for a holiday or my birthday. I did chores for my allowance, I got a job as soon as I turned 16 and I paid for my very first car.

I worked every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at a pizza place for minimum wage while my friends went to football games and hung out. I worked two jobs my entire summer before freshman year of college so I could take freshman year to just get acclimated to school.

By spring semester of freshman year, I was applying for jobs and planning to work full time all summer along with taking some online classes.

Currently, I am in school full time and work 30+ hours a week, on top of writing for two publications.

But let me tell you, there is nothing that makes me more upset than kids whose parents hand them everything.

I know kids whose parents hand them money for concert tickets, brand name clothing, $1,000 monthly rent and the works. And honestly? It infuriates me.

The worst part about it? Half these kids complain about how difficult their lives are and how stressed they are. Try working an 8-hour shift from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. then having to get up at 5:30 a.m. the next morning to get ready for class, or going straight from class to work and trying to find time to get schoolwork done.

"Do your parents not care about you?"

I get that question all the time. They could pay for things for me, but they chose to teach me how to live like an adult and I truly appreciate it, even though it gets hard sometimes. They are always there to help me if I need it, but they do not spoil me.

I think everyone should have a job in college and have to pay for some things on their own. No, I'm not just talking about having a job for "pocket money."

Your parents pay for you to get a $70 manicure every 2 weeks and drop money in your account to spend at bars on the weekends? Good for you.

My parents pick up my phone bill and car insurance, but the rest is my responsibility. Rent, food, gas, clothes, school supplies, electricity, and anything else I want comes right out of my pocket.

I get that some parents just want their kids to focus on school, but honestly, without a job, I had way too much time freshman year. Why not use that time to work?

I know some people who have never worked a day in their life and it makes me wonder exactly what they expect out of the real world. Mommy and Daddy won't always be there to pay your Visa bill, honey.

You can't put "spoiled" on a job resume under previous experience.

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The 7 Struggles Of Registering For College Classes

Unfortunately, no matter how much preparation you do, you're bound to run into at least a few problems.


It's that time again. The time we decide what our schedules will look like in the Fall. If you're lucky, you'll be able to make the class list of your dreams. For some of us, this time is super stressful. Classes we need are filling up quickly and the lines at our advising offices are getting longer, not to mention registration is usually around the midterm season. One more thing we have to worry about!

Planning your schedule can be both fun and easy if you approach it the right way. Make a list of the classes you need to take to fulfill your necessary requirements before your registration window opens up. Have backup plans as well because you may not be able to get all of your first choices, especially if your window is one of the last ones. Make sure you meet the requirements of the classes you want to take. There's nothing worse than finding a class, seeing it has open spots and then realizing you don't fit the criteria.

When planning your schedule, be kind to yourself. Know what kind of person you are. For example, I know I am not a morning person. Therefore, I know that 8 a.m. classes are not my friend, so I try to avoid them if I can. If I had to be honest, 9:30 a.m. classes are even tough for me sometimes. I try to plan my classes for any time after 11 a.m. and before 8 p.m. Personally, I don't mind taking evening classes, but I know they're not for everyone. Know yourself and try to build a schedule around your needs. You'll be glad you did later!

Planning ahead will make your life a lot easier. Unfortunately, no matter how much preparation you do, you may run into a few problems. Here are 7 struggles of registering for college classes.

1. The classes you need are full.

2. The only classes left are Friday ones.

3. The class is reserved for students in the major.

4. You look up the professor on ratemyprofessors.com and don't like what you see.

5. Your registration date is one of the last ones.

6. The wait is two hours at your advising office.

7. You don't know what classes you need to take.

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