Anybody familiar with the weather, which I sincerely hope is everyone, knows that a storm can come sneak up at a moments notice and disappear just as quickly. Many things in life follow along with this pattern, and because of that it is vital that we become accustomed to rapid changes in our lifestyle, then rapidly being switched back. For example, when I was moving into camp, not much time was given to become accustomed to life there, and as soon as you grew to a regular routine, it was time to go home and suddenly you were back to the lifestyle you had before leaving.
Going to school is surprisingly similar. The first semester comes as a bit of a shock to the system. There are countless new faces around you, a new room, different rules from home, more freedom and independence. By the time second semester rolls around, you’ve made your friends, you have a group you are comfortable with, know the routine and know what to do and when. But second semester does not last forever, and eventually the time will come to move back.
That being said, from my experiences, I’d like to pass down a few words of wisdom to help out when dealing with these rapid moves. First, don’t let them sneak up on you. When you are getting everything ready to leave for school, don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking of what to pack, only to realize that you still need to shop or that you get there and forgot something important. Start a list early, and add to it as you go about your planning. This will help when you finally move in, and can be confident that you don’t need to be doing any last minute shopping and can know that you have all you’ll need. The same applies for when you are ready to leave–when you determine you no longer need something until you go home, pack it. That way when move out day comes, you’ll be able to say your goodbyes without having to worry about packing and such.
Second, I’d recommend you keep an open mind towards meeting people. Everywhere you go will come with a different group, whether it be school, camp, home, etc. Don’t go in with that attitude of immediately missing your home friends. By the time you experience your new place and meet new people, you’ll be comfortable enough without them. Be accepting to people and keep in mind that many of them are in the same situation as you are, new and confused. Bond over what you have in common; explore together or learn from their experiences.
Finally, if you find something you enjoy, make a mental note of it but continue to try new things. One thing which I do regret about freshman year is that I stuck pretty much to the same three or four places for eating and such and only towards the end of the year did I begin to branch out more. I liked the places I went to, but never got to experience other enjoyable places until the end. Once you’ve tried a variety of places, you can determine which are the ones you’ll continue to frequent and this will lead to a diverse and fun experience.
I hope this was helpful, and that you’ll keep some of these tips in mind for the next time a storm shows up on your radar (wow, that was really cheesy…sorry).
Thanks for reading,
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P.S. This will be my final post in the Class of 2014 Freshman Blog, seeing as how I am entering into my Sophomore year. Thus, all my future posts will be in my own blog, http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/nick/. Enjoy!