My first semester of college is already halfway over, and it has gone by in a breeze. Looking back, the months at college have been some of the most exciting in my life. Knowing what I do now, here are the four things I wish I would’ve known going into college.
You don’t need to know everything about your roommate.
My roommate and I started texting around the end of June. It was strange to think that I would be living with this person in just a few short months, and I barely knew her. In my head I thought I needed to get to know this person as well as I could in order for us to get along better. Honestly, things were kind of awkward for me through texting, which just worried me more. But once we finally met in person during move-in day, I realized that things were a whole lot easier when you can interact face-to-face. The more I spent time with her, the more I grew closer to her and the more my fears of things being awkward diminished. As the weeks go by, I know there’s no other person I would rather be living with and I feel so blessed to have her in my life.
There’s more room in a dorm than you expect.
This was a huge fear of mine. (I have a lot of stuff that I don’t need.) How in the world would I fit it all into such a small little room? While we were unloading the car, there were boxes upon boxes that needed to find some space to make a home in my dorm, which I thought would never happen. But once everything was unpacked, I still had so much room! Enough so, that every time I go home, I still bring back clothes or blankets or little trinkets that I was afraid I wouldn’t have room for. Plus, living in Fern comes with some perks, like being able to move the furniture around. Having this benefit gives you the freedom to create a desk space or a living space wherever you would like it, and you can even change it if you want a new layout. In fact, girls on my wing have already changed their furniture around since we’ve moved in, and I’m sure it will keep happening!
Be prepared for any weather.
Living at a college means you have to walk to your classes. Every day. Whether you want to or not. This means you need to be prepared for any kind of weather thrown at you. Sun, rain, wind, more rain, and don’t even get me started on snow. I’m not looking forward to that. I’ve already used my umbrella a few times, and the awkward weather in October has had me changing from shorts to leggings every other day. When you need to walk everywhere, it’s best to be prepared for anything.
It’s not as scary as you think.
I was insanely nervous about moving to college. I was worried about keeping up with classes, meeting new friends, and juggling a sport along with everything else. I was nervous until the day I moved in… and then I wasn’t anymore. Volleyball started, and I loved my team. I met my roommate, and we hit it off instantly. Classes began, and I realized that it wasn’t going to be as hard of a transition as I was afraid of. In my opinion, college isn’t as big of a leap as people make it out to be. I’m still the same person, just in a different environment. It’s easy to make friends when you’re given so many opportunities to here on campus. I’m someone who dreads a lot of things, but this is one thing I shouldn’t have worried about. God had me in his hands, and He made sure everything would work out.