5 Things Every Homebody Away At College Needs To Know

5 Things Every Homebody Away At College Needs To Know

There's nothing quite like your hometown.
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1. The first week is the hardest.

Obviously, it is hard to say goodbye to your family, your bestfriend and everything else that you are the most comfortable around but no one tells you the annoying truth - it doesn't get easier for a little. The pit in your stomach that appears while you watch your parents get in the car and head back to your hometown without you, doesn't go away the second they are no longer visible.

Everyone tells you the goodbye is hard but no one tells you it gets harder as the days go on. When you first arrive on campus, the longer you go without your family and your home the more homesick one will become. Give it a week, or so, and then you will finally warm up to the idea of the independence you now have.

2. Everyone feels lonely - and thats okay.

Even if you go to a university where half you high school also goes to, you will still feel lonely. It is so incredibly different from being in your hometown and seeing faces you have grown up with everyday to walking on campus and seeing one familiar face - or very few. The truth is, even if you see ten familiar faces a day, no number could ever give you the same comfort you are used to. It is totally okay (and normal) to feel lonely at the beginning. Living with a new person, in a new place, without your family will definitely come with lonely times. Little things that we take advantage of in high school and barley notice, now become things you miss the most when you no longer have them.

3. You anxiously await the first time you’ll visit home.

If you’re a homebody, it is very likely you already have the first time you’ll come back home planned out before you even leave. The idea of watching Friday Night Lights at your old high school, sleeping in your bed, showering without shoes and being in the place you feel safest is something you can’t wait for. The first time visiting home will help with feeling homesick tremendously.

4. You’ll appreciate your family in ways you never knew were possible.

For most people, the reason they are a homebody isn’t necessarily because of their home, itself, its who they share it with. You love being home because you love seeing your family all the time. Once you go to college, there is no doubt that you will have a new found appreciation for them and all the things they did that you never realized you loved. You’ll learn to appreciate your mom asking you how your day was.

You’ll miss your dad making you laugh every time you talk. You’ll even miss fighting with your siblings over practically anything possible. You’ll start to understand that you miss these things because you miss your family and the genuineness you all had as one.

5. Give a few weeks and you’ll fall in love with your new home.

Although the college transition can be tough, especially for us homebodies, it is worth it in the end. You picked the school you’re at for a reason, and you’ll fall in love with everything. You’ll make amazing friends because you have the same interests, not because of proximity. It is totally normal to struggle at the beginning, but stick it out because it can only go up.

College is the start of the rest of your life, and there is a long road ahead filled with memories you will cherish forever. Let go of the scary thoughts and appreciate the time you can go home and see all your old friends, your family and your pets, but remember life is starting to move on - and you must to.

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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15 signs you know you chose the right school

15. It just somehow feels right.

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After my first year at USC, I can honestly say that I made the right choice in sending my admission* deposit May 1st. This is especially because USC was one of those schools that I almost didn't apply to. Even though it was one of my dream schools, I was almost positive I wouldn't get accepted-- so pretty much me leading to sending in my application the night before… I happy to say though, not only was a pleasantly surprised when I got my acceptance letter, but I chose to attend USC (obviously)!

If you read one of my past articles, I mentioned how I am still in slight disbelief and am a bit anxious in terms of attending this school. A Lot of people go through this. There are countless articles on reasons you should transfer to another college or how your current college is not the right fit for you. Like yes, this is another aspect that a lot of students go through, but let's also focus on validating students who feel self-conscious in terms of what got them into their said school.

So if you're feeling anxious that you're not good enough for your attending university, focus on the reasons why you fit into this school. Listen, you got accepted, you made it past the hard part. If the admission advisors singled you out as a individual they want at there school, there must be a reason for that.

If you're still feeling unsure, here are 15 signs that you current school is the right fit for you.

1. You don't know how you got in

Even though you don't know how you got in, the admission advisors most certainly do. Don't fret this though, simply be in amazement that you got into such a great school.

2. The people that you meet are ones that you would have never have met anywhere else

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These people come from all over the country, even from different regions of the world, each of them with such unique backgrounds, thoughts and ideas. How crazy is it that you can just meet someone you probably would never have met anywhere else!

3. You’ve instantly found the perfect extracurriculars

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And they're not just extracurriculars for your resume. You actually enjoy spending weekends or after class hours going to these extracurriculars

4. You miss it during the summer

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Although you're having a great time sleeping in and not having to wake up to 8 am classes… you still kind of miss not only the friends you made, but also just being a student at your college.

5. You wear school gear

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Literally, even if it's just a lanyard or mug. Even if you got it for free, you're still filled with a sort of pride using it.

6. You have the perfect major/potential major

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From the beginning, even if you weren't sure what you wanted to major in, you still had so many options. In my experience, I came in as a pre-law student, changed to a pre-med with a human bio emphasis, to adding a major of art history to now possibly going into journalism (I know, I am very indecisive). No matter how many times you changed your major, you're positive your school has the right program for you.

7. It’s the perfect climate for you

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No more dreading certain months of the year due to undesired weather. For me (someone who loves the sun and warm weather), Los Angeles weather is perfect.

8. Your financial burden isn’t too bad

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One of the key factors in deciding which college you attend. If you're comfortable (or more like, your parents are comfortable) with the amount, then yes it is a good fit! A good tip for those still deciding whether an out-of-state college is worth it-- if you're roughly going to pay the same tuition as your in-state college, then go for it. The out-of-state college experience is worth it and something you won't regret.

9. Your campus is aesthetically pleasing

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Most spots on campus are Instagram-worthy? Then yes, instant checkmark on whether this school is right for you. (Yes and the background on that GIF is USC)

10. You’re academically challenged

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You should be feeling that college is harder than high school. If not, then what was the point of all those AP/Honors/IB classes?

11. You’re comfortable in the classroom setting

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But don't feel like you have to be overly challenged with the academic setting to the point where you have a mental breakdown or end up getting subpar grades. Be challenged, but be comfortable in your classroom setting-- work it out with your professor, advisors, etc. You're at this university to succeed and that's the only thing that anyone wants.

12. You can go on-and-on about your college

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To which your friends and family probably get tired of. From ranting about professors to gossiping about the recently resigned school official or even bragging about your school, you somehow find a way to make the conversation about your university.

13. You make a list of plans of what to do on the weekend (when you not it’s not midterm/final season)

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Besides finals/midterm season, you're never bored at your school. There is always something to do-- from exploring the neighboring city/town to activities held at your college, there is never a boring day.

14. You’re constantly recommending people to transfer/apply to your university

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Literally, you think anyone would like your school (because honestly who wouldn't?) to the point that you constantly want to recommend everyone to apply.

15. It just somehow feels right.

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There's just that feeling that you can't explain, but you know that you belong at this college. Maybe it took a couple of months, or a whole year, but you honestly can't imagine yourself anywhere else.

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