#TBT: Starting College

So I was supposed to write this yesterday, but I was much too busy having fun and saying goodbye to summer so…yeah. I guess I’ll have to plan better next time.


So since it’s August and many young adults are getting ready to start college, I thought I’d post about my experience when I started that new, exciting chapter in my life.


The college that I decided to go to was the only four-year institution that admitted me and it wasn’t my first choice as far as school goes. I applied to 2 of them and my top choice did not accept me,unfortunately. But I was determined to go away to school and see what it would be like out on my own. So off I went.


I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t know what I would major in, or what sort of extra curricular activities I would do or how else I would spend my time besides going to class. I just wanted the experience.


When I started packing, my dad was afraid that I was bringing a little too much with me. He asked me to talk to my cousin (who had gone to the same school I go to) about how much she brought with her. Needless to say the amount of stuff I brought was a lot, but not bad compared to others.


Some of the items I packed for my freshman year
Some of the items I packed for my freshman year


My dad and brother helped me move my stuff into my dorm, where they met my roommate. I was acquainted with her from high school and we both requested to room with each other. And we’ve continued to do so ever since.


My first few weeks were rough, to say the least. I was doing fine with my classes but I wasn’t really do much besides going to class and laying around in my dorm. I was lonely and homesick and I was doubting my decision. I had family and job back at home and I was really hating my decision to leave it. But I did love the lifestyle and the fact that I wasn’t confined to a classroom all day like I was in high school. But still, I wanted something more.


Despite the challenges, I made mostly ‘A’s my Fall Semester and my GPA was a solid 3.79. In the spring semester, I was ready to consider transferring to another school that would be closer to home. But I wasn’t ready to give up yet. I knew that I needed something to anchor me to that school, so I started looking. And then I found out about a co-ed fraternity that I would become apart of the following Fall.


My advice for anyone starting college is, to have an open mind and you’ll end up exactly where you’re supposed to be.


  • Jamie

    Believe it or not, I was attending the Art Institute for a web design degree. I did have the option of living on campus with a bunch of awesome people. I even got a tour of the really nice apartment complex that I would be rooming with a bunch of girls. Some of them were down to earth as well. However, I decided against it. Mainly because I was sick all the time, which actually dropped me from college (you can’t miss 14 straight days without being dropped and I did that twice. Not on purpose mind you, but once by getting sick to the point of not being able to eat anything, not even soup, and the other I had to move.) Oh well. I’m in community college now and I’m in my last year. :). I’m kind of kicking myself for not going through with moving in with those girls.

  • Tara

    My first semester of college was not your typical one, haha! I chose to take classes through the college on the US military bases here, and they were either lunchtime or evening classes. My first term, I volunteered for my band teacher in the morning and then took my class at lunchtime and maybe an evening class, too. I can’t remember because it’s been a while! But I was living at home, so I didn’t go away for college at all.

    Your experience sounded like it was a mix of good and rough experiences. Changes like leaving home and living alone can be very rough because of homesickness. I think we all doubt our decisions whenever something big occurs. Even myself, I’m doubting some of my decisions. Changes are never easy, but keeping an open mind and taking things a step at a time will help 🙂

  • Georgie

    Having an open mind is definitely important. It’s nice that you wrote a post looking back on how it was when you started college!

    When I started university I didn’t have to worry about moving out. I do live a way out from the city where the university is, but moving out was going to be a lot of money compared to transport/travel costs, and I don’t think my parents would have been happy with me moving out. You definitely don’t always need everything you own, so I’m glad you didn’t take a whole truck with you :p