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5 Things I Wish Someone Would’ve Told Me Before College

5. Close isn’t the same thing as living at home. When I was applying for colleges last fall, I wanted to get as far away as possible. I was completely convinced to move out of state. Which is fine, except that I neglected to realize that it didn’t matter how close or far from home I was. I have friends who live 45 minutes from home and they talk to their parents less than I do, and they hardly ever make the trip home. The point is, if your campus is close to home but you’re completely engaged in it, you’ll be in your own world and it won’t matter how close you are. You can be 15 minutes away from your mom but still be completely independent. It’s going to be what you make of it.If I could go back in time I would absolutely stick with my decision, but all I’m saying is that my friends that live close to home are enjoying free laundry and hot meals as often or as little as they’d like.

4. Some people take longer to make the transition from high school than others. It’s no secret that it’s been a long time since we weren’t living in a world filled with lockers, gym class, and mean girls. High school was not my favorite time. I assumed when I got to college, everything would be different – including the way people acted. This does not appear to be the case. Some of my peers still abide by the social hierarchy of high school, meaning they have the same immature attitude that made them the bee’s knees in high school. But so what? Some people take longer to adjust and grow emotionally, so you should just feel lucky that you’re one of the few who realized the importance of maturing and give your peers time to grow too.

3. The Freshman 15 is a myth. Have you ever heard the saying, “we become what we think about”? Completely applicable in this situation. Don’t get me wrong, your eating habits will change when you get to college. But everything changes when you get to college – your sleep habits, your study habits, the list goes on. Who you are is going to change.The fact that we keep telling incoming freshmen that they’re going to gain weight is toxic. Is it possible that you’ll pack on a few pounds? Absolutely. More than a few? Sure. Is it possible that you’ll lose weight? Of course. It’s important to remember that college isn’t just a magical place where as soon as you step foot on campus your waist suddenly starts expanding. The reason most college students gain weight is because there’s essentially unlimited access to food and alcohol. This combined with sleep deprivation and stress can have dire consequences on your health.But if you make a conscious effort to maintain your health and utilize the resources your school offers for staying in shape, you shouldn’t have a problem. Keep an eye on how you’re feeling and how your clothes are fitting, and act accordingly. But please don’t beat yourself up about it.2. It’s okay to eat alone. Seriously, it’s fine. You don’t need to plan who’s accompanying you to meals a week in advance (and before you ask what kind of control freak would try and plan everything out in such detail: I did).

1. Be nice. I always thought I was a pretty nice person before coming to college, but now I realize I should’ve been less judgmental and more approachable. Don’t forget to ask people questions about themselves. If you see someone struggling, help them. There’s a good chance you’re going to need a few people in your corner as you try and figure everything out throughout the next few years.
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