For the original series, go to the following links:
College 101 Part 1
College 101 Part 2
College 101 Part 3
College 101 Part 4
Thanks for reading, and enjoy! I'll see all y'all next time for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
It sounds cliche, but college really is a time to discover yourself. Being away from home, you get a completely different perspective on things. I've changed a lot in the time since I started college. Like, a lot. The point is to change for the better.
Stay true to your morals, to your dreams of a better self, and don't push away from everything that has been inside of you all this time. College has a lot of peer pressure underneath it, so you have to rise above. Remember who you are, and you'll do magnificently. Don't be afraid to explore, but explore in a place that doesn't make you worse off. A great thing about college is how much more accepting people are as a whole. You can be your real self in a way you never were before, and it'll be fine.
This probably does not apply if you go to college a considerable distanceage from home. I don't know, I haven't done it. But for me, being within a few hours driving distance from home, this issue surprised me. It's confusing, when you're living almost entirely at this place that you love and you have a good friend-family at, and then you go to "real" home for a weekend or break, and you're like "... um. Home. Hey, whatsup, people?"
It gets confusing about which one to actually call home. And maybe it's all a mental thing, but seriously. You ground yourself in the place that you call "home." It's confusing when you don't have just one.
Don't do stuff that kills you. Keep things safe, keep things simple, and try not to fail your classes. Like, really try. If you happen to have a pass/fail class of some kind, for example, don't take it less seriously than the others. Don't ignore it. Plan things well enough to pass.
College really is the best. Don't sweat it.
Yay! Yay for college! Yay for freedom! Yay for being with your peers! Yay for new experiences! Just yay! It's really hard at first, I won't deny it for you newbies. But in the end it is completely worth it. Just hold on tight, and you'll be fine.
Because of the nature of my transfer, I won't be back in real college until January. Until then... online classes!
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