The topic for this week is a timely one and inspired by the Hannah’s upcoming departure for college. That’s right, my friends, my baby girl is leaving the next on Sunday. I’m holding it together okay but we’ll see how I do when the moment actually arrives. In the meantime, let’s discuss 10 Things You Wish You Had Known When You Started College.
I wish I had known:
- That you don’t have to be best friends with your roommate. I tried and I failed at it. It’s good to be friendly but it’s not necessary to be friends.
- That it’s okay to eat a meal by yourself. I was completely paranoid about entering the dining room and having no one to sit with while I ate. At this time in my life that sounds great!
- That being homesick isn’t the end of the world. I got over it in a relatively short time but those first few weeks were incredibly lonely for me.
- How to relax and enjoy myself more. I had a wonderful college experience but I was pretty uptight about a lot of stuff back then.
- That it’s okay to change your mind. Drop a class. Change your major. Reinvent yourself. This is the time to experiment.
- How to live on a budget. I did pretty well with this but mostly because I got lucky. It’s a really important lesson.
- That the stuff that’s stressing you out or bothering you or seems like a huge deal just – isn’t that important. Let it go, it will be fine.
- That not having your driver’s license doesn’t make you a loser. I didn’t get mine until after graduation and I turned out just fine. Sometimes it’s better to wait.
- That the friends you make now will be your friends for life. I got lucky with this one, too, and came out of my college years with 2 wonderful friends that I still have today. This means you need to pick your friends wisely.
- That reaching out is better than sitting in your room alone. Being vulnerable is a gift.
I am going to make Hannah read all these lists today. I bet we will both learn a lot.