First Month of College

College is weird. The entire concept is strange if you think about it. You get a bunch of 18 year olds who don't know each other and think they're adults and put them in a dorm. You expect them to go to class and make good grades while also living on their own for the first time. I thought I would easily survive on my own, but the first time I had to handle something on my own I cried at least five times. It's a concept that does not make sense at all to me, but it appears to work. 

I've been taking classes for almost a month, but I have been living at Alabama for a little over a month. The first day of classes I called my mom crying because I felt like I couldn't do it. I didn't have friends except for my roommates. I didn't feel quite at home at Theta yet. I thought I had made the wrong decision, and it wasn't just about going to Alabama but going to college in general. I was not ready for it, but who really is? Who is ready for college as soon as they get there? There's always going to be fear and doubt because you haven't been to college before. It's one of those things that you just have to dive right into or else it won't work.

Here's what I learned in the first month of college. 

The feeling of fear of missing out is real but so is the feeling of not wanting to go out. | I don't like going out. That's plain and simple. I would rather have people over in my dorm than go to a frat party, so I don't go a lot. I go to my sorority's swaps, and that's pretty much the one time a week I will go out. Yeah, sometimes I feel like I am missing out on something when my roommates and friends go out, but I like staying in and watching movies. All of this is mostly to say that you don't have to go out. If you want to, obviously do it, but do what you want to do and not what you think your friends want you to do.

Joining a sorority was probably the best thing I could have done. | If you didn't know, I am obsessed with my sorority. I love going to the house every day, and even if I am just sitting there studying, I feel so happy because I am surrounded by my sisters. Maybe I am a little extra sappy because it is Big/Little week, but joining Theta has been the best decision I have made in college so far. Instantly getting 450 new sisters was so overwhelming, but once I started meeting people and making friends, I did not regret one moment of going through recruitment. I could on for days about how much I love Theta, but I will save the for another post another day. ;)

Sometimes all you really need is a call from home. | I miss my family a lot. They are my best friends, and we are rarely without each other. This is the first time I have been away from my family for longer than a week, so obviously you can sense that this has been hard for me. However, a call from my mom or sister or a text from my dad in our family group chat makes everything better. Also any time I get a picture of my sister's dog, I feel so much better.

You need two things to survive college: Nike shorts and a smart phone wallet. | Never carry a lanyard. Never. You look like a freshman, says every upperclassman ever. I have a Vera Bradley one that is in the Alabama print, but I don't carry it around campus too often. I mainly use it if I am going out somewhere and I need to carry more stuff with me. So where do I put all my stuff you ask?? My license, debit card, and student ID all go in the silicon wallet thing that I stuck on the back off my phone. I got mine during recruitment, and I know a ton of clubs give them out during welcome week, or you could get one at the bookstore. Then my room keys go in the pocket on the inside of my Nike shorts. Everything is easily accessible for when I need to get into my building and room.

Math will never get easier. | I really only say this because I am finishing this post at 1 in the morning after trying so hard to finish math homework. I gave up after 2 hours.

You will find your people but you will also find not your people. | Obviously, I love all 400+ of my sisters, but there are some that I feel like we were meant to be friends. And it's nice to narrow down a group of 400 to a couple of girls that I am becoming really close with. Plus, I love my roommates so much, and I am so glad the universe brought us together to be weird and have fun.

xx, jKm

1 comment:

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