Leaving for college can be such an exciting time! If you are leaving home though, there can be a lot of changes coming your way. Especially if you are going far away to school, this can be a bit daunting at first, but it’s definitely doable…and worth it!
Don’t Expect it to Be the Same
I’m originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis and have lived in Minnesota all of my life. When you grow up in one place, you get used to it. If you are going somewhere away from home for school, don’t expect everything to be the same as home. The people may act differently. Your surroundings will be different. You may even get teased for saying things funny. I have definitely learned that in Boston I have to say “soda” instead of “pop”!
Being far away from home can get lonely once in a while. The best way to avoid this is to get involved at your school! Join clubs whether they be for fun or more academic. Playing on a club or intramural sports team is also a great way to make friends and have a fun time. If you’re interested in Greek life, I would highly recommend that as well!
Explore the City (or Town)
The best part about going to school somewhere else is that everything is NEW. If you’re anything like me, you may have only been to this new city once or twice before coming to school freshman year. This gives you the perfect opportunity to explore whenever you have free time! Find some friends and check out cool restaurants, nearby museums, the shopping scene, and any other touristy attractions your city may have. What’s more fun than being a tourist in your own city?
Find Friends Who Are Also New to the Area
I think this is really important at first. If you have friends that are also away from home, you will be going through the same thing as them. It’s good to have some people who understand that it can be an adjustment going to school in a new city, region, or even country. Also, these friends will be perfect for exploring the city together!
All in all, moving to Boston for school has been the best decision! It’s amazing to get the chance to live in a completely new place for 4 years of school.