For some people high school days are almost over, which means we can finally realistically think about things to look forward to in college. The idea of leaving your family and the school that you have been attending for four years now might still seem like something you just talk about. It might not have yet hit you that in a couple of months from now, you will be thrown into an unfamiliar environment with no friends or family in sight. However, that day is approaching fast and it can be scary, but we might as well look at it from a positive perspective and list things to look forward to in college!
One of the top things to look forward to in college is dorming! While many people hesitate about sharing their living space with a complete stranger, usually things work out for the best. You find someone who shares your interests and living habits, and before you know it you become best friends with that person. From then on, it is as if you are having a sleepover everyday! Especially when homesickness is prevalent, it is nice to have someone around you.
2. Easier Class Schedule
While college classes are significantly more difficult and require a lot more self-discipline, the class schedule is usually very relaxed. Instead of staying in school for 7 hours like you did in high school, you will be able to have just a few classes a day alongside long breaks in between. You will even be able to sleep in and still make it to class on time. However, the downside is that you really need to learn self-control because you won’t have your parents waking you up every morning or teachers constantly reminding you that your assignment is due the next day.
3. Social Life
One of the perks of staying on campus your first year of college is that you are able to make friends and form connections at a faster pace. Essentially you are surrounded by thousands of individuals of the same age, who are in a very similar position, so it is very easy to start small talk. You can even spend weekends exploring college parties and letting loose.
4. Greek Life
Another thing that many college applicants look forward to is the Greek life system. We have all seen it in countless movies and TV shows, and now it is finally about time we get to rush ourselves. Joining a sorority or fraternity can be a lot of fun as it serves as an easy access to the tight-knit community and it enables you to participate in your college. Plus the sisterhood can leave you with plethora of connections after you graduate and enter the real world.
Parents can be quite protective and while we know they are looking out for us, it is nice to have some independence at times. While we know we are going to miss being sheltered and babied, college is a way for us to stimulate our independence. There will be no early curfews and essentially no limitations. Of course independence will come with lots of drawbacks, like having to finally act like an adult and deal with your own problems, but that is just part of growing up.
6. Abroad Programs
If you have always wanted to travel but never really had the chance to bring your dream to life, this is the time to do it! Many colleges offer amazing abroad programs to the most unique and beautiful places all over the world for a low cost. You will be able to explore new cultures and get a taste of other countries without leaving your studies behind.
7. A Clean Slate
Attending college far away from home is very cleansing and therapeutic. It is nice to have a change of scenery along with a clean slate. It is up to you to decide who you are and who you want to become. There is no baggage following you to college, so you are able to reinvent yourself with nothing holding you back!
Thinking about college can be quite frightening. You don’t really know what to expect and you are not sure if you are ready to leave what you know behind. However, change is good, and seeing new faces and walking unfamiliar streets can lead to many new opportunities. What are you looking forward to the most in college?