1. You will be lonely sometimes
It’s crazy how many people you meet during the first couple of weeks in college, especially during New Student Orientation. You finally meet your roommate (and you’re glad to see that she looks exactly like the person you stalked on Facebook) and some other people that live in your residence hall. After a couple of weeks you’ve settled in and made your group of friends and everything is great. However, there will still be days where you’re laying in bed watching Netflix by yourself because everyone is doing something with someone else. It’s especially hard the first few weeks because you miss home and your old friends from high school. It’s okay to be by yourself every once and a while, and you don’t always need to have a big group of people around you to have a good time. Learn to be okay being alone, there’s nothing wrong with it I promise. In the end, it helps you develop a sense of independence because you learn that being by yourself isn’t the same as not having any friends.
2. Your professors care as much as you do.
College professors are a lot different than high school teachers. In college, you’re considered as an adult. You have all these privileges such as not having to ask to go to the bathroom! Because you’re an adult, you’re professors will treat you as so. So if you don’t come to class, they’re not going to phone home and tell your parents. If you fail a test, they aren’t going to offer a retake for a 70. But, if you come to office hours and ask for help, they will gladly help you. It’s okay to ask questions, because chances are ten more people have the same one. Maybe you just need some one on one time with the professor to explain the material differently, and that’s okay. No professor wants their students to fail, but it’s not like high school where each teacher monitors your grades and pulls you aside when they notice you are struggling. Everything is up to you. If you come to class, actively participate and communicate with your professors, then they will help you as much as they can. If you don’t, they aren’t going to go out of their way to make sure you pass.
3. Campus food will get really old really fast.
The first month or so, I was so excited to eat in the dining halls. Chick-Fil-A everyday? Don’t mind if I do! An unlimited supply of frozen yogurt? Why not? Trust me, you will get burned out. Be smart about your meals because the Freshman 15 is not joke (I have experienced it). Stock up on fruits and veggies that you enjoy so that you can snack throughout the day and not be starving. That way when you get to the dining halls, you won’t feel like your stomach is going to eat itself if you don’t stuff that burger in your mouth.
4. You’ll see people from your hometown and avoid eye contact at all cost.
At first it’s kinda cool to see a familiar face. And then you realize that you were never actually good friends with that person in the first place, and they realize it too. Next thing you know there’s not much to talk about because no one wants to bring up that one time in high school. Don’t worry, that’s part of growing up. Not everyone you meet will be a life long friend, and that’s okay.
5. It’ll feel like high school, sort of.
In high school, there was an obvious social hierarchy with clear lines. It wasn’t like High School Musical where all you had to do was sing a song and everyone was friends. People stuck to where they felt comfortable, and that’s cool. In college it’s almost the same but not really. This is where you see people who you never thought actually existed. The classic prep, the intense looking goth, the activist, and so forth. At the same time, more people are willing to spread their wings and try new things. There’s more experimentation with social standings. Also, in high school , it was all about grades and getting into college. Everyone knew everyone elses’ grades and class rank, in college you don’t eve know you’re own grade most of the time ( learn how to calculate you’re grade by hand, because it’s in the syllabus). Now it’s a competition to get into grad school or an internship or a job. Grades matter, but now organization membership and experience matter just as much.