We have all heard about college, whether or not our parents were pressuring us to succeed in life or beating us over the head with that particular word. “You need to do this if you want to get into college,” or “I hope you know this is not how they act in college.” Whatever context the word college may have been used in, there was probably a general mix of different feelings or thoughts tied with it. However, I feel a majority of the feelings I have reserved about college consisted mainly of fear, anxiety, and a strange prickling sensation in my palms and gut that would tighten up and seize my nerves as the day got closer where I would leave home and step into my dorm room for the first time.
But now, two weeks into college, I have realized something. College is not something to be scared of. In fact, I am finding college to be way easier than high school. Sure, you have college-level classes but as long as you plan well enough nothing should be out of your league, in fact a league is defined as a group of sports teams or individual athletes that compete against each other in a specific sport, so, the only time something should ever be considered outside of your league is if you are playing against another team in this context. Thinking you aren’t capable of accomplishing something limits you. Mentally. Never restrict yourself to this kind of thinking. Just believe you can do it, and plan for it. Nothing is impossible.
Now, I’ll step off my soapbox and return to the main topic. College.
College is easier than high school. The majority of the students want to be there. They all dedicated themselves to obtain a certain level of caliber, they know what is expected of them. Sure, you might run into the occasional drama, but why settle yourself into that atmosphere? Don’t like the drama—leave. Chances are the university/college you attend is relatively big, meaning LOTS of people. As the old adage goes: there are plenty of more fish in the sea.
College also has variety. It has a diversity in its flavor. A whole pot of different cultures and people who can influence and motivate each other. Go explore the different people out there. Find out about them. Ask them where they come from. What type of accent does yor dorm neighbor have? Is she European?
You never know until you ask.
There are just so many opportunities waiting to be discovered and thoroughly explored. The environment, the people, the classes—everything can help mold you into the person you want to be and can be tomorrow. So, what does this Freshman recommend to you? Go ahead and do what you want. Don’t be afraid of college. It is just a slice of better things to come.
However, don’t forget to sleep. :)