welcome back! Tonight I wanted to talk about one of my life experiences that everyone will eventually go through, and might like to hear about: moving away from home/going away to university.
When I was 17, I left home to go to university about 1.5 hours away from home. Mind you, I would still be coming home for the summers, but living away from home for 8 months at a time is still a big deal. Having skipped a grade, I graduated high school at age 17 and 2 days, and flew the coop shortly thereafter.
If you’ve ever heard the phrase “university is the best 4 years of your life”, it really is true. Here are a few snaps from my time away:
Toga parties (I was in charge of the barbecue)…
These are just a few pictures from my time away! To be honest, I wish I had taken more pictures. I know there are some things I didn’t document that I’ll wish I remembered when I’m old and grey!
Leaving home can be a scary experience. When my parents and I packed up the SUV and drove up to campus, I was greeted by an enthusiastic group of frosh week leaders waiting to unload all of my belongings into a tiny room. I remember that as we pulled into the parking lot, a loud, bearded man approached the window, and I turned to my mom and said “I’m scared.” Boy, am I glad I moved past that initial feeling of terror. Little did I know that I would be in charge of the group scaring innocent new students the following year!
Living away from home teaches you so many things. For one, it gives you a chance to totally start over. Decide who you want to be. No, that does not mean you should be someone you are not. But when all of your new friends have no expectations of you, it’s easier to let the best version of yourself shine through. I also learned how to fend for myself. Nothing says independence like cooking your own meals (no matter how simple they may be). Finally, I learned how to bullshit an entire paper and still manage to get a good mark. This can be a very useful skill indeed.
Whether you’re going away to university, or just moving away from your parents, make sure to embrace it all! It may seem scary, but trust me: if you let it, it will be the best experience of your life!
Until next time,