20 Things That Going Away For College Taught Me To 100 Percent Appreciate

20 Things That Going Away For College Taught Me To 100 Percent Appreciate

It made me more appreciative of things that you might not have a lot of access or very little access to when you're at school.

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Going away for college was one of the best decisions of my life, and if you're in high school and thinking about it, or having doubts, don't. It gives you an experience that you'll never have if you stay home. You become more independent from your parents, you make more friends, and the bond you share with them is even different from your friends from home or friends you only saw 5 days a week in high school.

It also made me more appreciative of things that you might not have a lot of access or very little access to when you're at school.

1. Family

Depending on how often you go home, you become more thankful for your family. Because you don't see them as much, your family doesn't have time to annoy you like they did when you were home. Sometimes, as close you get to your friends at school, there is nothing better than a hug from your mom, or wise words from your dad, or even some cuddles with your pet.

2. Food

Because most college cafeteria food is disgusting, you have more of an appreciation for a real meal at a restaurant (because you have to pay for yourself so you don't do that as much) or a home-cooked meal. There is nothing like something your mom makes homemade, and nothing compares to that favorite meal your mom makes. The best part is getting that specific meal when you're back home.

3. Your hometown

You can't miss your hometown if you don't get out of it. So when you go to that place you always go to with your friends, or you see a familiar face around town, you can catch up with them instead of knowing what's going on in town.

4. ​Money

For most of your freshman year, you don't work because you don't have a car and therefore you can't go anywhere without relying on someone, no matter if it's uber or your friend. You get a better appreciation of money because you need to learn what and what not to spend it on. There's not income you're receiving so there needs to be a way for you to save instead of splurge.

5. Your own bed

There is literally no better sleep than in your own bed.

6. Your friends from home

Because you're not able to see them during the weekend or when you're in school, you start to miss them. Of course there's FaceTime and texting, but there is nothing better than seeing someone for the first time in months, catching up on each other's lives like you never left and time hasn't passed at all.

7. Privacy

Because you have a roommate, or housemates, you really don't get a lot of privacy and when you do, it's cut short or you can't have all of it that you want because either other people have to use the bathroom, or your roommate is in the room. You can't control when and where your roommate is at all times, so when you go home to your own room, you make sure you take advantage of that time.

8. Just being home 

Being home, relaxing on your couch watching T.V. where you've spent your childhood, having the security of being in your house, is the best feeling.

9. Cleanliness

It depends on what type of person you are, but when you live with someone, you learn their habits and they way they live, no matter how gross or weird. I'm the type of person that loves my living space being clean, but some people don't care at all. When I go home to my clean house, I appreciate it a lot more because most people are how you say ~disgusting~

10. Being Messy

Okay, even the cleanest people aren't always clean. Sometimes I get too lazy and forget to pick up the outfits I try on in my room. Yea, you can't do that at school when you live with someone because 1. it's gross to look at 2. there's literally not enough room in a dorm to do that.

11. Baking

I literally baked all the time in high school; cupcakes, cookies, slutty brownies, regular brownies, you name it I baked it. I kind of forgot that I did that when I would come home from school and one day my dad asked me why I don't bake anymore. I had totally forgot that I did that and then I baked cookies. There's no oven at college- unless you live in a house- but even when there is an oven you really don't have the time and frankly, the money to go out, buy baking stuff, prep it, bake it, and put it in a fancy dish or bowl.

12. Alone time

Kind of similar to privacy but alone time is a luxury that no one should take for granted.

13. Driving

At least during freshman year, you have to be reliant on other forms of transportation because you're most likely not allowed to have a car on campus. Even driving no where for no reason is something I took for granted.

14. Hometown/ Home-state people

Finding someone that lives near or where your hometown is is something like a euphoria because sometimes you know the same people, and everyone loves a sense of familiarity and nostalgia, and maybe even a lil gossiping. You know the same lingo, places, and everyone else is weird.

15. Music

Okay slightly weird and maybe not as relatable but when I came to college, I became sort of nostalgic to music and especially my student account for Spotify premium made me listen to a lot more music, especially since I didn't have to pay to listen to every song like iTunes. I started making playlists of songs my parents listen to that I liked, songs I used to listen to that I still like, songs that fit certain moods, and I branched out to new artists. I've always appreciated music, especially because my taste has been hugely influenced by my parents, and it connects me to people I probably wouldn't connect with otherwise.

16. Your home shower

Communal showers, and even showers in a suite (where you might get toe fungus so you wear flip flops) is incomparable to the cleaner, less populated and better working shower at your house.

17. Sick days when your mom takes care of you

Now I have to get up and get myself medicine, and make my own soup in the microwave. And I don't even have crackers and Gatorade.

18. Fast Food 

Because it's cheap and good. Oh it's not good for you? I'm here for a good time, not a long time.

19. Not having to do laundry 

Not that you expect your mom to do it, it's just great that she does it anyway. Thanks, mom.

20. Your Mom

There's literally no one more loyal and caring than your mother, and when you're at school and you don't have her in the next room, or even the same room, you want to call her for everything and anything. Don't though, she'll probably kill you.

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What no one will tell you about your first step to adulthood.
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Attending college for the first time is a time filled with high expectations, excitement, nerves, and a lot of hope for the future.

If you were anything like me, you were lucky enough to get accepted into your dream school with a lot of high hopes about the upcoming year. I couldn't wait to move into my freshman dorm, no matter how little or crappy it might have been, I was undoubtedly excited. The year was fresh (literally) and I couldn't wait to start living a college lifestyle and meet the people I was going to be friends with for the next four years of my life and hopefully even longer. I had never been so excited about going back-to-school shoppingand started packing and preparing for the move weeks in advance.

I had this image in my head of what freshman year was going to be like and it looked a lot like something you would see on an ABC Family or MTV show rather than what the reality of freshman year really was. I would be sitting here lying to you if I told you my freshman year was the best year of my life and to expect to have a year full of parties and fun with no responsibilities. The fact of the matter is, freshman year is your first real step into adulthood. It is your first unsheltered, uncensored, version of the real world that your parents (for the most part) have no control over. While this truly is an exciting thing, if you're not prepared for it freshman year can be a lot more stressful than expected.

I wish someone told me that the people I met the first week of school weren't going to be my best friends the whole year and not to take it to heart when they stop talking to you. You meet SO many people your first few weeks of school and you want to be friends with literally all of them. But in college, unlike high school, you probably won't see those same people every day so maintaining relationships takes a lot more work than before. To be honest, you may forget what it was like to actually make a new friend, especially if you were friends with the same people all through high school.

I wish someone told me that my study habits in high school absolutely will not hold up in college. When you were told to “read the text" in high school for homework, you wrote “no homework" in your planner for that day. Reading your text book in high school was actually laughed at in most situations and if you didn't have an end of the year freak out about where your text books were, you were doing it wrong.R ead your textbooks, every page, every chapter. Write everything down, from notes to homework, it's all important.

I wish someone told me the “freshman 15" was absolutely not a myth. Despite the fact that I spent countless nights in our campus gym, the freshman 15 was still gained and stayed. I couldn't tell you why or how this happens, but expect to gain a few pounds your first year of college. Whether it's from all of the campus cookies you couldn't have passed your final without or from all the delicious new food options, expect to be a few pounds heavier when returning home for Thanksgiving. And most importantly, know that you don't look any different despite how you feel, and know that this will most likely happen to everyone.

I wish someone told me that it's OK to say no to people. After you get to know your hall mates and become closer with the people you've met your first few weeks of college, you quickly learn that there is always something going on. Learn that you don't have to agree to attend everything someone invites you to. If you need to stay home and study, speak up. Don't just say yes to please someone or because you feel like you will lose that person as a friend if you say no. Learn to put you and your needs first, and if someone judges you because you decided to study rather than go out, so be it. You're here to learn not to socialize. It's OK to decline peoples offers.

I wish someone told me to go to class no matter how tired I was. Fun fact about college: you don't technically have to go to class if you don't want to. But for the sake of your grades, please go to class. You only get the chance to learn the material once, and you will be tested on the lecture material whether you were there or not. One tired day may cost you a good grade in the class, no joke. Go to every class you can and take detailed notes. (Tip: you can usually take pictures of the slides/diagrams as well, it helps a lot.)

I wish someone told me that only my true friends from high school will remain my friends in college. Losing contact with high school friends is a given in college. Even the people you swore were your closest friends may forget about you in the craziness of freshman year. The good news is you are at a school with thousands of people looking to make new friends and they will fill the empty spaces that old ones left.

I wish someone told me to be careful at parties. Although it is very rare something bad happens, it is true that parties aren't the safest place. Especially for the freshmen, it's easy to just go to the party that everyone else is going to without knowing anything about the place or who is going to be there. Look out for your friends and stay together. Navigating a college town at night is scary and can be dangerous. Know where you are going beforehand and always have a way home. Don't always trust people you have just met and never leave a cup unattended.

I wish someone told me my grades aren't going to be as great in college as they were in high school. Expect your GPA to drop at least half a point, usually. You're going to have a lot of distractions in college and a lot less structure in your schedule. Keeping a balance truly is a difficult task and your grades aren't going to always be what you want them to be. You will learn the perfect combination to keep your grades and yourself happy. Give it some time and don't beat yourself up if you get a C in a class or two. You have three years to make up for it.

I wish someone told me that getting homesick is completely normal. The first few spells of homesickness I had scared me to death. I was afraid that if I was homesick it meant that I didn't like the school I was at or that something was wrong or missing. This is usually not the case even though it may feel that way at times. You're going to miss home no matter how much you wished your way out of it from day one. Home is what is familiar to you and what you know and it's easy to crave that when you're somewhere completely different. Don't let it get the best of you and just know that a call home will fix anything and everything. Don't be afraid to call your parents and friends from home. They miss you, too.

I wish someone told me that you only get one freshman year at the college of your dreams so live it up and learn your lessons. Have the time of your life, make all of the friends you can, join clubs and organizations you're passionate about, get involved on your campus and in your community, and take nothing for granted. You only get to do college once (if all goes well) and you're paying to be here and get an education. Make the most of every situation and learn about yourself and the people around you. There is so much to be done and so much to learn in your four years here but especially the first. Make the most of it and don't forget your morals or who you are!

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What Is Really Wrong With The Lori Loughlin Scandal?

This scandal has really caused a debate on multiple platforms on whether or not justice will be given to the rich and the famous.

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Last week, news came out with a report that actress, Lori Loughlin, along with other important lawyers and doctors paid or cheated their way for their children to attend prestigious universities. So, what is really wrong with this scandal? Surely, the primary thing is that she considered herself at an advantage to paying $500,000 to the University of Southern California for both of her daughters to be accepted there. Due to both of her daughters' academic situations, the girls would not have been accepted as their grades meet below average qualifications. However, because of this bribery, they were put on as recruits for the university's crew team and accepted into the college as athletes.

These girls took away opportunities from other hardworking students who possibly deserved to be accepted into the university. Athletes who have trained for years and years were not put on the crew team because of the bribe. The girls, however, were allowed entrance to this elite school without ever having to compete in crew to be accepted. Students who have studied long hours and tried their hardest are being unjustly rejected because they can't pay their way in. Meanwhile, in one of Olivia Jade's videos, she complained, "I don't really care about school". She only wanted to go because of parties and friends as she states earlier in the video. Also, these universities aren't really considered credible to the fact that they have partaken in bribery. This produces a rippling effect that affects those who actually worked hard to get into USC or any other school. It causes people to question whether it is reputable in the admissions process.

Also, with Lori Loughlin, it seems as if there will be no harsh charges brought up against her. With her money, she was released on bail which cost $1 million. Many seem to believe that there will be almost no jail time at all for this crime because of the fact that she is rich and famous. That is something to be considering as this scandal continues to shape itself into a wake-up call from America's elite to the public.

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