Thoughts From An Incoming College Freshman

Thoughts From An Incoming College Freshman

So many questions, so little time

6 days. That's how many days I have left until I take on the greatest adventure life has to offer. But with only 6 days left there is still so much to do. So as I continue to procrastinate the various tasks left, here are a few thoughts running through an incoming college students mind.

1. What do I bring?

Going into your first year of college you literally have no idea what to bring. Yeah, your school may put a list on their website but you're still left looking at your sewing kit wondering if this is really necessary.

2. I have to share a bathroom? With people I don't know?

You also have to wear shower shoes everytime which is something I'm going to hate but I guess it's better than getting a nasty foot disease

3. Will my roommate and I get along?

This one is mainly for those who choose to go random, but there is still a chance that the roommate you chose ends up hating your guts...which is not fun for either of you

4. Freshmen Fifteen

You've heard just about everyone say it and if you're anything like me you've researched ways to avoid it. But at college, there are just so many options. How am I supposed to avoid it when they serve chocolate cake every day???

5. Will my classes be hard?

College is not the same as high school. I will admit that I slacked off in some classes in high school and I still ended up with an A. Will some of my college classes be the same way? How much homework will they give us? What about tests?? So many questions...

6. Parties

Every college has parties. I'm assuming they're completely different from high school because you have a bunch of 18-22 years olds together unsupervised (most likely). But like are they actually fun? It sounds like it but I guess I'll find out soon.

7. I have to actually take care of myself

All I'm going to say is that I'm going to struggle big time with this one.

8. Did I choose the right school?

I know I'm not the only one who was worried about this. It's normal to be nervous but if you are excited, even a little bit, you chose the right one for you.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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