It has officially been seven days since my move in day at Taylor University. It doesn't seem possible just one week ago I was anxious and downright scared about what life in college would be like. I was nervous as to whether I'd actually make friends, if my professors would be nice, and whether or not my roommates and I would get along. Although it has only been one week, and I might not be qualified to write an article about my college experience just yet, there are a few valuable things I've learned so far.
1. You will meet people.
You aren't the only new student, and so many other people are in the same position as you with the same feelings as you. Keep your door open, talk to people you pass in the hallways, and make friends with your RA's. Put yourself out there and get to know people; that person you just passed by could be your new best friend.
2. It's OK not to be homesick.
It's OK to be overwhelmed with sadness after your parents leave. It's OK to go on about your days and be just fine. It's perfectly OK not to shed tears and make calls five times a day. It doesn't mean you don't love and cherish your family, it just means you're thriving on this new journey.
3. Your roommates don't necessarily have to be your BFF's.
Often in movies or in books we see situations where college roommates become your best friends. While it's great if this does happen, you shouldn't be discouraged if you and your roommates aren't that close. The most important thing is that you can respect one another and be there when the other needs help.
4. Don't be overwhelmed by the syllabus.
In every class you attend, you'll be handed a packet called a syllabus. Read it, familiarize yourself with it, and don't let it freak you out. It will outline everything you are doing the entire semester. It can look like a lot, but if you pay attention to the dates, it really shouldn't be overwhelming.
5. You're going to be alright.
Even if you are overwhelmed, have no idea where your next class is, or don't have the slightest clue how to pronounce your professor's name, just know it will pass. You will get the hang of things, and soon it will seem like second nature. Give it one week, and you'll find yourself figuring out who your people are, and how to navigate your way around campus. It will all work out, and you'll be just fine.