Surviving The Wilderness Of College

By Laura McGuire, Staff Writer

College campus

College is … weird. You are thrown to the wolves by your loving, caring family and you are expected to figure out who you are, what you want to do with your life, how to juggle a bunch of new work AND maintain a respectable GPA on top of it all. Sounds about as appealing as a Chipotle burrito without any rice (I’ve had one, believe me, it’s awful). If you’re anything like me—painfully awkward and shy with a weird sense of humor—you know that it takes a while to warm up to people and to assert yourself into different friend groups.

And what about your great group of friends you left behind from high school? Sure texting, FaceTime, and Snapchat are good ways to stay in touch, but they’re a distraction from the reality that you’ll be hundreds of miles apart from the people who mean the most to you. It will hit the hardest at night when you’re laying in your stiff twin bed thinking about home and how it’s the only place you want to be in that moment. You’ll find yourself missing the simplest things the most—the smells, the sounds, the FOOD, definitely the food. You’ll miss the familiarities that you’ve come to love. Like waking up in the wee hours of the morning to go to the bathroom and finding your way there in the complete darkness because your legs and mind have the path memorized.

Amidst all of these new challenges, you’ll be expected to get good grades. It’s here where I can offer you the best advice about the transition. Your first semester grades will set the tone for the entire year. Think of it like your first quarter grades in high school. You know if you get that “F” in math first quarter you have to work your butt off in order to bring your fourth quarter cumulative grade up to something your parents won’t yell at you for. The first semester of freshman year is pretty much the same thing. If you slack off, party every single weekend, and don’t take it seriously, you’re digging your own grave, and it’s not one easily dug out of. The first semester is key to where you decide to go with your academic career in college. Even though you’re mostly taking Gen-Eds, the habits you decide to form during this period will likely stick with you throughout your four years in college. Good study habits are easy to follow, but bad study habits are hard to change. This all may be a little overwhelming for you to hear, as you are still within the comfortable walls of your high school, but college is right around the corner.

Although it can be tough during the transition, college is supposed to be the best four years of your life. As you begin the end of your high school career, cherish every last day, minute, hour, and second you have left with all your friends. Appreciate your family and never take them for granted, and be thankful for everything your parents have ever done for you. College is the beginning of a new and scary chapter in your life, and it can be hard to let go of the old chapters that you knew so well. But everything always has a way of working itself out, and everything will be okay. The College Years are a completely new story, so make sure you write a good one.

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