By the book, college is defined as an educational institution or establishment, in particular one providing higher education or specialized professional or vocational training, but according to my definition, college is so much more than that. College makes up the portion of your life where you realize who you are supposed to be. College is the time where friendships vanish or become ride or die. College stretches your limitations, pushes your boundaries, and tests just how strong you are. College is the best years of your life.
When you imagine the “day in the life of a college student,” what do you see? Morning coffee runs before class, pulling all nighters, or the luxury stroll through the campus grounds? While these moments make up memories that last a lifetime, there are also a few hardships you’re faced to tackle.
You have to decide who you want to be.
No one else can tell you where your passions lie, what morals you decide to hold on tight to, or what the next five to ten years will have in store. College is the place where you officially start to live by yourself for yourself. I know, I know, I’m sure it sounds perfect to some people. Truth is, idependence comes with a price.
You will miss you family.
Don’t dismiss this fact. It’s okay to miss your home, loved ones, and the routine you’ve been apart of for the last eighteen or so years. That’s totally normal, but just don’t let it interfere with the adjustment to college life. It’s important to visit, reach out, and take care of yourself, but part of that means accepting and adapting to living on your own.
Keep yourself accountable.
Accountability looks different no matter who you talk to. It can be waking up for church on Sundays, studying for the test you’ve been dreading, or going to sleep early so you’re not exhausted the next day. No matter what it’s important to lean that you no longer have someone poking your arm every few hours to do what you’re supposed to. The faster you learn self discipline the better.
I’m not here to tell you that college is hard, stress you out, or make you dread the next four years.
College is amazing, fun, exciting, and an awesome experience, but I those are just a few of the things that for me caused some obstacles I wasn’t exactly anticipating.
Now that I’ve gotten a few of the downsides, let’s focus on the numerous amazing parts college consists of. You will have the freedom to do as you please, be exactly what you want, and reach for the goals you’ve wanted your entire life.
There is immense power in the ability to do exactly what you want.
There will be countless nights of studying until your brain feels like exploding, going out to make memories you’ll never forget, and staying in to enjoy a little self care day amidst the chaos. It’s the time where you finally get to pick your plans, make moments, and create the college experience you’ve always wanted.
Today will be my last day of class, and on this Thursday at 10 a.m. I’ll finally be a sophmore at my university. As cliche as it sounds, time flew. I cannot believe that my freshman year is already over. Don’t rush it, and appriciate each minute because before you know it you’ll have to dive into the real world, and out of the college community.
I have fallen in love with the college lifestlye I built for myself.
It’s exciting, a little scary, but I’ve enjoyed every step. If you don’t take anything away from this, just remember college may not be exactly what you expect, but it will be everything you’ve dreamed of.