As someone who just finished her first year of college, I still remember how exciting and nerve-wracking the summer before college can be. By now, the suspense is probably killing you as you wonder how life at school will be different from life at home. Well, let me tell you—extremely different! But different doesn’t mean scary, all it means is that you need some extra mental preparation. Here are a few pointers I wish I’d had before leaving for college.
1. Homesickness is Real
You’ll get sick a lot freshman year; a new environment means new germs your body is unaccustomed to, so cold and flu season will be year round for you. But what’s worse than all of those stuffy noses and stomach pains is the heartache you’ll feel for your family. I never expected to miss my family and hometown so much, and I definitely would have appreciated fair warning about that! Make a calling or skype schedule with your family right away, and make sure you stick to it, otherwise homesickness will strike suddenly and you won’t know why you’re so sad!