College is an exciting new chapter in a lot of people’s lives. It is a chance to break off and do your own thing and helps you to distinguish yourself as an individual as you fuel your passion. However, it can also be a nerve-wracking experience for some, meeting new people, traveling to new places.
Whether you’re looking forward to college or you’re a bit nervous at the thought, there are ups and downs to college life, and you shouldn’t worry too much.
The upside of college life
Sweet, sweet freedom
It’s college, not school. No uniforms, no notes from parents and no more learning about osmosis when you have absolutely NO interest in biology or any science for that matter. You also get a sense of independence starting college. You’re responsible for yourself and you won’t have teachers on your back about not doing homework.
Meeting new people with a common interest
You’re also going to meet a large number of people and you’re bound to like at least some of them. In your course, you’re surrounded by people with at least one common interest which is always a good starting point.
It’s a fresh start
College can also provide a new and fresh start for those who feel they need it, a chance to buckle down and work harder, pick up new hobbies or even get the haircut you weren’t confident enough to go for in school. Your college years are supposed to be the best years of your life, so make the most of it.
The downside side of college life
The unholy commute
Of course, college isn’t perfect, nothing is, particularly not college. For a lot of people, you’re going to have to commute, which might seem fun for a week or two but it the pain really sets in after that. That being said, if you don’t get travel sick, you can get a lot of your college work done on your commute. Audiobooks are also a great idea for those of you who can even manage writing a text. Utilising your time is absolute key.
The lowly student budget
You also realise how important saving money is in college because if you’re anything like me, you never have any.
I don’t know if it’s all the chicken rolls you’ve been getting on campus but every college student I’ve ever talked to, their poor financial status is their favorite topic of conversation.
Assignments are no craic
Assignments will be the bane of your life. Believe me, you’re not the only one to do it the day before but that doesn’t mean its okay. Especially if you went out the night before for “one drink” and now your dying and the only cure is a fry-up and a Netflix binge.
Your new-found independence can be a shock to the system
Independence can also be a bad thing in college, your lecturers aren’t going to give you that extra help to really get a good grade and they won’t get onto you about your attendance so if you really want to skip five Mondays in a row it’s on your conscience, not your lecturers.
What do you love and hate about college?