College is a change.

Today one of my friends said something that really hit home with me. She is home from her first year of college. We had a long talk about college and how much better/different it is than high school. This is what she said.

You’ll Fit In

I’ll admit it. Our whole high school career is full of drama, cliques, frenemies, and peer pressure. College is different in this aspect. You can be yourself and find friends that truly care about you. You don’t have to be someone different to fit in. College is all about finding yourself and all of the people are there to help you on your journey. The peer pressure is still there but if you say no IT MEANS NO. Nobody is going to judge you for saying no.

Your Parents Will Be Your Best Friends

You may butt heads with your parents now, but you will become close with them while you are in college. You’ll want to call them up crying after you fail a test. They’ll help you through the times that you just want to give up and come home. They’ll be your safe haven and you’ll appreciate them more for all they are doing to put you through school.

You’ll Be Responsible For Yourself

“Where there is freedom there is responsibility.” In college the professors are not gonna check up on you. They are not going to care whether you miss class or not. That’s on you. You choose to make the grades and go to class. You choose whether or not to party the night before a big math test. It is up to you. This is a big change from what you are used to, but it’s okay. You will get through it, and you will grow up.

You Will Cry… A Lot

Girls, this is mainly for you. We are built emotional. We cry for no reason. Heck, we cry for EVERY reason. You will get stressed; you will feel alone. You will feel like the whole world is against you. You will cry a lot, and you will get over it. College is hard, but it is one amazing ride. You will spill your heart and soul to new people you never knew you would meet. Crying is OKAY. Let it out, just let it out.

You Will Be Different

College changes people. This is usually for the better, but make sure to be who you want to be. If you surround yourself with successful people, you become successful. If you surround yourself with goal-oriented people, you’ll make goals. On the other hand… If you surround yourself with people who don’t care about their future, you’ll become the same way. Don’t let college change you for the worst. Go into college with your head held high, and do what you came there to do. Get an education and grow up.

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This talk that she had with me really made me think about what I’m about to get myself into. I really appreciate her taking the time to help me prepare.

Stay Golden,

Emily

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