Packing up your favorite things to get ready for college can be the most daunting experience as well as the most exciting at the same time. All the possibilities of the unknown that lay ahead can lead to the making of you as a person. However, there are certain things that no matter where you go to college you will inevitably end up living through…
The freshman 15
Sadly, it is inevitable that as you begin penny-pinching, fast food starts to look like a much better option over forking out on fresh fruit and veggies, and paying for a gym membership begins to look out of the question. There is a reason the ‘Freshman 15’, otherwise known as the number of pounds it’s said you put on during your freshman year, has become such a well known phenomenon. But fear not; if you make an effort to keep eating healthy while getting in as much exercise as possible you’ll be able to break the norm.
Making lifelong friends
While the primary goal of college is to further your education, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing so. In fact, friends made in college are usually friends kept for life. This is because it is during this time you truly discover who you are as a person, in addition to finally becoming an adult. The memories made in college will easily stay with you for the rest of your life so enjoy your time while you’re there.
Changes in education
Don’t be ashamed if you start studying and realize you need a change. Around 70% of college students will end up changing their major at least once, but most people go through three changes before graduating. It is entirely acceptable to start your studies before realizing the course isn’t what you thought it would be – unfortunately, that’s life! Just make sure you don’t change your class because that’s where all your friends are; they may be your buddies for life, but they certainly won’t be paying your bills for you when you graduate.
Learning to love sweatpants
When packing your bags to head off to college, it can be easy to think you’ll dress amazingly every day while growing your sense of style. However, it’s likely that after a few short weeks of lots of partying, and studying teamed with not much sleep that sweatpants will become your new best friend. The versatile pant choice is not only comfortable, but you can roll straight out of bed wearing them and head off to your first class of the day with no one being any the wiser. Ah, the pure bliss.
Learning how to look after yourself
You may think you’re independent now, but after living away from home for 4 years, it will reveal just how much your parents do for you while you’re at home. In fact, when the garbage turns into a competition of how high you can pile it before it falls over, or the dishes start a colony that develops their own language you know things have gone too far. As well as college life being an educational learning curb, it is also a great way to learn essential life skills that you will use for the rest of your life.
Your parents calling to check up every day may seem embarrassing, but when you realize how much they care you’ll miss it once you graduate. No matter what you end up doing with your degree, earning it can be the best years of your life so just remember to relax, have fun, and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do!