Originally Posted: Sep 2, 2014
Last Updated: Oct 9, 2018
Do you have the jitters to start college? As a soon-to-be freshman, you may feel like you won't fit in, since the college scene can seem totally overwhelming. You may be relieved to hear that you are not alone! Almost everybody starting college feels nervous in some way, but here are 10 reasons why you shouldn't:
- Everyone is in the same boat. This might just sound like a figure of speech your mom uses a lot, but it's true. Every freshman who arrives at campus on check-in day doesn't know what to expect. Scared you won't make friends? They are too. No matter how confident anyone looks, rest assured that almost everyone is just as curious as you are about the professors, the meal plans, and even the friendships.
- The large student body means there are fewer cliques and less bullying. Even for small colleges, the student body is usually way bigger than the one in high school. Say goodbye to lunch table cliques! Even if some people make you uncomfortable at college, you probably won't see them often, and you will be able to find people just like you that will make you feel accepted.
- College is a fresh start. No matter what you did in high school—whether you totally embarrassed yourself in front of the whole grade, or you took an embarrassing yearbook photo—nobody at college will know your history. Forget the past and take this opportunity to start over fresh.
- Your class schedule will be shorter than the one in high school, with fewer classroom rules. Accidentally late to class? No big deal. For many colleges, professors treat their students as responsible adults. That means eating in class is usually a green light, too. And as for classroom hours, the average classroom week for a college student is around 15 hours, compared to more than 30 hours in high school.
- Everyone actually wants to be there. Remember that kid in high school who always talked back to the teacher and disrupted class? You likely won't have this problem in college. Actually, most college students like to learn (though there may be some class clowns here or there).
- There are way more extracurricular activities. College offers a lot more clubs, sports, and other activities compared to high school, allowing you to get involved in things you're actually interested in. If you weren't much into sports in high school, college will have a lot of new things to offer you. And if you were into sports in high school, college will still have a lot to offer you. Basically, there is something for everyone.
- You can make your own schedule. Don't want to wake up at 6:30 a.m.? Schedule later classes. (Heck, schedule one for 5 p.m. if you want.) All of your classes will be chosen by you—just one of the many perks of being independent.
- There is no lunch bell. You can eat whenever you want, for however long you want. You can eat during class, in the cafeteria, in your dorm, and even outside on the lawn. (Don't forget the iced coffee, too!)
- Your future will be at your fingertips. The future may seem scary, but the more you study your major, the more prepared you'll be to become the professional you hope to be one day. (And if you don't like your major, you can always change it.) Advisors and professors will be there to help when you need direction, too.
- Pressure's off! There is no right or wrong way to "do" college. Each person's path is unique in its own way, and that's what makes it so much fun. You are an independent professional, carving your own path to success. Cheers to that!