4 Things That Happen When Siblings Go To College

4 Things That Happen When Siblings Go To College

Sometimes change is good

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It's only inevitable that people will change when they go to college, and siblings are included in that spectrum of people. Once siblings leave the nest and experience what being an adult is like, something changes between them. These aren't necessarily bad changes, but they're changes nonetheless.

Here are four examples of what happens when siblings go to college. Because I am just one example of this, I decided to ask some of my friends that also have siblings in college to see how their experiences can support my ideas! There will be quotes below from them, as well.

1. You Get Closer

Whether or not you and your sibling go to the same college or university, you will definitely grow closer together. As you mature, you realize that you can't consistently have petty sibling arguments and need to actually grow up. It's time to put the secrecy behind you and talk. You grow closer together because you start to hide more from your parents. As much as you'll try to deny it, there's always something that you will keep from your parents, no matter how close you are with them.


"We don't hide anything from each other because we're more adultish...so we tell each other everything" - Camryn

2. You Respect Each Other More

Watching your siblings grow up is such a surreal thing, because you forget that you're growing alongside them. It doesn't matter if you're the older sibling or younger sibling, going through college is a growing experience and seeing a sibling do it too makes it even more serious. You learn that even though you two are still those kids that used to fight and bicker, you are becoming more mature and actually growing into adults. You'll eventually respect each other more because there's no time for being childish anymore.

"I think college made me grow up and want to be a grown-up sister for them to look up to and when Ellie [her sister] went to school, it made me realize she's grown up too and we both want to be role models for each other and for Abbie [her other sister]." - Maddie

3. Things Change At Home

If both of you are at different schools, this would make even more sense, but no matter the situation you and your sibling are in, you'll change the way your life is at home. You cherish your time together because hopefully you'll have your own friends in college, and take classes different from each other. There's the newfound gratefulness for having a sibling because they will always be your best friend, no matter what could happen between you. When you're home, it's like you're taken back to when you were kids, and every day was a day to spend with your family. The two of you will inevitably become more grateful for the time you will have together over holidays and breaks.

"I really took for granted having a brother when we both lived at home, and then after moving away and going to college made me realize that you'll never be able to replace the relationship you have with your sibling." - Camryn

4. You Become Your Own People

If you and your sibling went to the same high school, there's a chance that the two of you did a lot of the same activities and extracurriculars. By going to college, the two of you become your own person, not copies of each other. There are times for you and your sibling to become your own people and focus on the things that you love, whether they're the same or different. College gives you the opportunity to become your own person, and after spending even one semester at whatever college or university you go to, you'll start to see changes.

"In high school, we are all doing the same things like sports and school, and now we kind of have these independent lives and paths and do different things...and that's cool that we're making our own paths when we came from the same place..." - Maddie

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I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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Obviously, I am not an expert on college life yet, being that I am only a high school senior. Barely hanging on these last couple weeks of school. I have been preparing for my freshman year of college since the start of my senior year. It is an overwhelming, stressful process and it takes a lot of preparation and time to get it all done. I wanted to give some tips and advice on how I started my process and how I have gotten through it. Starting a new chapter can be really scary, especially if you have no idea what you are doing, I am the oldest sibling in my family, and I am the first to go through this crazy process called college. Though I was uncertain exactly what I needed to do and how to do it, I figured it out and here's how I did it.

1. Have a planner

This is going to be your best friend. It helps you keep your life organized (or at least it makes you feel like you do) and assures you that you meet deadlines. Since I can remember I have always used a planner and it helps me so much. I wouldn't know what to do without it. I have all the dates for when things need to be turned in- like housing and such, and also I have up to when classes start next fall. A planner is so helpful and would recommend getting one if you don't have one already.

2. Talk to friends about their experience

This has honestly been one of the top life savors. I have gotten so much advice from my friends that are in college and they give me the inside scoop and what to do and what not to do.

3. Do your research

Research the school, research clubs and activities that you may be interested in. Get familiar with what is on and off campus.

4. Visit the campus

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I am lucky enough that I am only an hour and a half away from campus and it doesn't take long to get there so I just go when I feel like it. But visiting and being on campus several times defiantly has made me feel more comfortable and more at ease than I would be if I had not visited at all.

5. Embrace times with friends and family

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This is the last summer with you In your house as a full time member. Embrace it! Be with your friends and family as much as you can. You are going to miss them just as much as you are going to miss them.

6. Start doing things on your own

I am already pretty independent but I struggled like starting to make my own dinners because I have been fortunate enough where my parent always took care of dinner. But now they are making me responsible for making my own dinner. Which was a really tough life altering thing for me. It may not seem like it but it was for me. But start doing your own laundry. making your own dinner, getting things yourself etc.

7. Make list

This and my planner have been my saving grace. If I didn't have it there was going to be no progress on the thing called college.

8. Manage your time

This is pretty self explanatory, there is a lot to do during the college process. Be sure not to procrastinate and know when things are due so you can get everything on time.

9. Take summer classes if needed

If you know you are going to be behind in a class, take some summer classes. For example, I am a little behind in math, and I have to take all the way up to college algebra in order to graduate college. Well, I knew I didn't want to take math all four years of college and I knew I was behind. So I am taking some summer courses to not only finish with math earlier but just to be ahead of the game.

10.  Gather everything you need for college!

Make sure you have everything you need for the big day. Set apart some days before move in day to take time and pack whatever you may need so you don't forget anything.

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