As an incoming college freshman, preparing to leave home is very bittersweet. A ton of changes are happening… you’re moving on with your life as an individual and you feel like your life is just a big ball of chaos. It’s okay. You will experience a wide range of emotions and tasks from now until you officially start class.
To prepare you, here are things that may happen as you begin to leave for college:
1. Cherish Time With The Best Friend You’re Leaving
You and your partner-in-crime from home may be splitting up, so you have to continue to cause trouble while you still can. This way, when you’re feeling homesick, you can think about all the fun you two had the past summer while you count down the days until you are reunited.
2. The Obvious: Excitement
You may be finally moving out of the house and into your new space! You are starting a new chapter and making new memories. You can now recreate yourself or take time to discover who you really are. A new school, new faces, and new experiences are something to definitely get excited about!
3. The Other Obvious: Fear
Whether your college is just around the corner, or a few hundred miles away, your new adventure holds a lot of uncertainties, which can be terrifying. The unknown is always a bit scary. Not knowing what to expect may make you worry. It is normal (and a part of the process) to feel this way.
4. Newfound Freedom
You can practically do anything you want to do now! You don’t have parents down your throat about being home before curfew, because you don’t really have one anymore. Your life now is more in your hands than ever – just be careful to not get too carried away… Still, yay for freedom!
5. You Go To Orientation
Your first official act as a college student will be registering for classes and orientation. This is a time to really think about the direction you want to start out in. Orientation is a great time to explore the campus, make some new friends, and start to let some of that fear subside.
6. You Realize You’re More Broke Than You Thought
After looking at financial aid and student loan offers, you finally submit to the fact that your bank account will always look like this: $0.00. If your schedule allows for it, you may want to consider trying to find a part-time job on or near campus to help pay your way through school (or to at least just have some fun spending money).
7. You Have To Pack Up Your Room
This may get emotional and make time a while, when it’s time to pack your belongings reality will sink in. You may have to completely clean out your room and for your bedroom to become your parent’s new guest room (this is not okay). If you don’t, only take with you what you need.
All in all, preparing to leave home is a big ball of feelings that consists of happiness, excitement, fear, and a little bit of anxiety. Change, for most people, is a terrifying thing. Embrace the change though because it’s all for good.