Each year, thousands of high school seniors in the United States graduate their high school and leave their high school friends to go on to bigger and better things. These bigger and better opportunities usually come in the form of attending college and many college scholarships. For the average college freshman, though, going off to college can seem a bit scary and daunting at first. There are all sorts of new things that are awaiting them. However, there are many fears associated with leaving home that they have to contend with.
Some of those fears involve leaving their high school sweetheart and they’re afraid that they’ll never see them again. Aside from leaving their boyfriend or girlfriend though, soon-to-be college freshman realize that they might have to leave many of their friends in order to follow their dreams of attending college, graduating, and following a career path. Other apprehensive fears might include being homesick and even worries about not being able to make friends as easily as they did in high school. Whatever the fears are, however, rest assured that plenty of other teenagers are experiencing the exact same thing!
As soon as you arrive at college and your new dorm, your first instinct may be to crawl into a small hole and die. Although this seems like a plausible opportunity to do so, you will only have this experience of college once. Taking full advantage of the opportunities that are presented before you is what you should do! Instead of shying away from the plenty of opportunities that there are to make new friends, becoming friends with your roommate and other people who live in your dorm can be crucial to helping you survive the first quarter or semester of college. These people not only will be your friends, but they’ll help you stay in check when and if you start to consider cutting college and going back home.
Even though plenty of your peers may be skipping out on some of their classes, you need not join in! Attending your educational classes is one way to get your mind off of your leaving home, but more importantly, attending your classes will help you develop the discipline that you need throughout your college career! By attending your college classes you are also ensuring that you have enough knowledge to pass the tests and courses to receive a good grade!
Other crucial steps to surviving your first quarter or semester of college involves truly taking in and enjoying the college experience! Even though it may seem like a life sentence to be separated from your loved ones at college, enjoying the experience of it will help you to relax, realize why you are there, and know that your life after high school has officially begun!