What It's Like to Leave for College

What It's Like to Leave for College

By Contributor

The big day is fast approaching. I'm about to be a college freshman majoring in playwriting. I've never had a real boyfriend (gulp) and I'm moving to Idaho in three days where I will be all alone! My necessities are mostly packed, my posters are all rolled up next to the door, and I've got an array of sassy new winter sweaters to bring with me. The only thing I haven't packed yet is everyone I love.

Like many of you, I'm finally coming to terms with leaving for college for the first time. The weird thing is that no matter how much time I spend with my friends and family before I go, I'm still leaving. I'm still going to move away. And even though I keep telling them, "No worries! I'll call you and Skype you and text you all the time; it will be like I haven't even left," the truth is, it won't be. It's going to be me all on my own.

I'm not really afraid of going to college, and I'm not the type to get homesick or feel lost without mommy or daddy. But as I'm going through all my childhood toys and stuffed animals and books, I'm realizing that it's not that I'm sad that I'm leaving my loved ones; it's that I'm sad I'm losing that part of my life. The thing about going to college is that it's a huge transitional periodgoing from being a kid to being an adult. I will never be able to go back to being my parents' sweet baby angel. I'm becoming a grown-up, and everything that I've been for the past eighteen years is changing.

It definitely makes me feel a bit nostalgic and totally sentimental, but I know that this is a completely healthy and normal thing. Out with the old and in with the new, right? Part of moving on to a new chapter in our lives is mourning the ending of the one we were living in. Whether or not we liked it, it's over and something new is happening. And as for me, though it's a little bittersweet, I couldn't be more excited to get my butt out there and start a brand new life!

There's tons to look forward to in college, and I can't wait to get started. And, with any lucky, I'll find plenty of new people to love and hang out with.

How do you feel about going away to college?

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Topics: parents, sparkler posts, college, Back to School, freshman year, high school, packing, Life

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