I'm Going Away To College.

United States
January 2, 2012 3:02pm CST
I'm moving on. I'm going away to college in a different part of my state and I've entered into the shocked phase. At first, I was all excited, then I was nervous and now I'm just plain shocked. I'm going to be living on my own in a dorm with people I don't know. That's enough to shock someone, isn't it? But, I'm also leaving my job that I've had for 4 years now. It's like I;m starting a whole new life. It's actually a huge step for me, considering that I'm not used to change. [b] Do you remember moving into your dorm and moving away from your home? How was it? [/b]
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• United States
2 Jan 12
I've just completed my application to grad school in Chicago! I've been to big cities and I love them but I've always only lived in small towns. If I am accepted it's going to be a very big adjustment so I know just what you're going through. When I first moved away to go to college it wasn't as difficult. I actually chose the school I did because I didn't know anyone going there and I would have to make new friends and have new experiences. My roommate was a year older than me so she already had lots of friends and we never got to be close, which I feel was poor judgement on the housing advisor's part. I've always felt they should have put me with another Freshman instead so we would be going through everything together. Good luck to you and I'm sure it will all work out well.
• United States
3 Jan 12
Good luck in Grad school! Illinois is pretty far from where I am, so I don't think I'd ever go to school in Chicago! What are you going for? And yes, I agree with you. Probably would have better to be paired with a freshman. I really wonder why they didn't put you with one...
• United States
4 Jan 12
Officially, MFA in Writing but the way the program is set up, they encourage the writing students to do a cross-disciplinary study in another field so I'm adding both photography and print media to mine.
• United States
4 Jan 12
That's awesome! I love writing. Print media can also relate to.graphic design and I love that as well. Good luck in your endeavor!
@celticeagle (120469)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Jan 12
I think it will be quite an adventure to go to school in a different part of the state. I never went to college so never experienced a dorm living situation. I remember moving away from home when I got married. It was a good experience. Harder for my mom than it was for me.
• United States
3 Jan 12
It will always be harder for the parents when their children get married and go start families of their own. Their children are like their babies! It's scary to see them grow up, but it's necessaary.
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@celticeagle (120469)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Jan 12
And it seems one of our members is going through this very thing right now. Poor thing!
• United States
5 Jan 12
Yeah. I think you're talking about gifts, right? It's been a struggle for her. I hope it goes smoothly for her soon.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Jan 12
I spent one year away in Germany, but not in a dorm. It was pretty fantastic. enjoy yourself and best of luck!
• United States
3 Jan 12
Oh, wow! Germany! How was that? Did you know German? I feel like if I went to a country where I didn't know anything like the language, Ii'd feel so confused and homesick, especially if I stayed there for a year and not just a few weeks!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 12
It was great. yes, I was studying German, went there to learn it better... I was not homesick at all.
• United States
4 Jan 12
I assume you learned a whole lot better! Being immersed in a language definitely MAKES you learn the language in order to communicate. I'm glad you weren't homesick. I'm not sure if I would be or not. Maybe for the few couple weeks or so.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
7 Jan 12
I never have been to college. If I had I would of been a nervous wreck! The time I moved away from home I moved right in with a boyfriend! We hoped to be engaged and married . After of six months together he told me to move out! We were over and for the first time in my life I was on my own! It was scarey,shocking and took awhile to get used it! It was hard but it at least was a good learning experience! I think it is for alot of people!
• United States
10 Jan 12
Oh my. That's upsetting. I guess that teaches you how to survive pretty darn quick! Yikes!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
3 Jan 12
Yes...way back when. I moved into a YMCA with a friend when I first started school. Then we got an efficiency apartment then moved into the dorm. I had the same feelings....I was terrified yet excited. Once I moved in I was fine..and hopefully so will you be just great after the move!
• United States
4 Jan 12
I hope when I move in, I'm fine as well! It might take me awhile to get used to it! I mean, I've been at home for 20 years! It will be a foreign place, so part of me is nervous and part of me is excited!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
3 Jan 12
I could still remember it as if it were just yesterday (intro violin/remenisce music here)! I was 17, and although I was scared out of my wits leaving a small town, and going into a big city, I was also excited for the change in my life. The next few years was the most exciting for me. Not only did I grew in terms of my academic, I also grew in my education of life.
• United States
4 Jan 12
Sounds like you had a great experience! I'm so excited, but nervous and I bet it will be a good experience for me both education wise and life wise!
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
3 Jan 12
I didn't move into a dorm, it was twice as expensive as getting my own place. I was so anxious to move out and be on my own! I got a place about a mile from my mother's house (the college was local) and just a couple blocks away from the college. A board atop cinder blocks was my desk and the rest of the room was just a fold-out couch and a table. Kitchen was part of the room and I shared a bathroom with the guy in the next room. That was my first place. I wasn't scared or shocked, I was elated, at least for the first few weeks. Then I had to pay some bills for the first time in my life, buy my own food, and figure out what to do when I had more expenses than money. My college career was short-lived! If only I'd stayed at home...anyway, I do remember moving out to my own place and although it wasn't a good decision for me at that time I learned a lot. It was exciting and scary at the same time.
• United States
3 Jan 12
Exactly. I'm excited, but I'm scared. But your experience was definitely one of a kind. And it was a good experience because you learned from it. Even though I would have to agreed with you and say it would have been a better decision to stay home, you needed to learn.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
2 Jan 12
Hello Stephanie. Oh, don't be shocked. Life is challenging and exciting every step of the way. Yes, I had gone through a number of changes during my university years and in the course of my career. In fact, these are steps for improving life experiences.
• United States
3 Jan 12
I'm just shocked that I'm actually doing this. I mean, I knew all alongg I had to and wanted to, but now it's hear. And it's...well, shocking. I feel like it came so fast!
@srjac0902 (1170)
• Italy
2 Jan 12
Please assure yourself that you get a new job and then you leave present job. If you leave job first, it will be crucial for you to write your Resume and face interview. Trust in yourself. God will grant you new wisdom to find better alternatives. I pray for you daily now onwards.
• United States
2 Jan 12
I had to leave the job first. There will be no way for me to go back to that job awhile I'm away at college. I'm too far away. I am working on finding another job closer to where I live now, but I can go back to he old job I had on breaks from college, sot hat's a good thing. Thank you for the prayer. You are a sweet. May God bless you too.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
2 Jan 12
This is a huge step, it is a life change, and when someone does such big change it is a completely new road to travel, new road, new life, new experiences, I wish you well.
• United States
2 Jan 12
Thank you. I appreciate your best wishes for me. I'm just going to hope for the best and work my butt of!
@moneywinner (1866)
• Brazil
23 Jan 12
Here where I live, we don't have dorms and stuff like that on the college. But, I remember that 4 years ago, I moved to a new city to make my college and I started to live in my own apartment alone. I like to live alone, so, this was easy for me. The difficult part was because I didn't knew it one person in that new city, so, to make new friends was not easy. I remember that I was very nervous in the beginning, I didn't knew it if I would make fit in the new place, but everything work in the end I guess..