Are you moving away for college? You might feel anxious about moving far away from home, and that is normal. Others of you are probably itching to get as far away from home as you can. Either way, this transition is exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. Here are a few things to remember as you adjust to college-life far from home.
- Change is good. Be prepared for a lot of change. College is an adjustment in itself, but moving far from home is an even bigger adjustment. Remember that change is exciting, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to grow! You might be scared at first, which is entirely normal, but spread your wings and embrace this next chapter of life. It will be an adventure, so make some memories!
- Not sure of what to take to college? Check out this college dorm checklist for ideas on what you might need to pack. Don’t forget anything! You don’t want to have to drive back home for something that you left in the closet. (Although, you will most likely forget something.) Bring the necessities, but don’t overpack.
- Get involved on campus and in the community. There are plenty of campus organizations to get involved in. If you play a sport, join a sports team! However, you don’t have to be an athlete to get involved on campus. Audition for the upcoming play, join a Bible study on your floor, or apply for a job on campus. Find something that interests you, and you’ll meet some pretty cool people in doing so. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in places off-campus as well. Attend a local church, volunteer with an organization, or find a job in the area. The possibilities are endless!
- Get to know people in your dorm. Build a community with the people in your hall. Introducing yourself to people in your hall is a great way to make friends and get to know people on campus. Your Resident Assistant (RA) lives right down the hall from you and can help answer any questions that you might have. Need help figuring out the AC unit in your room? Knock on your RA’s door! Got locked out of your room? (Yes, this will happen to you at least once.) Call your RA! The RA on your floor will also be there to support you and make sure that you feel comfortable.
- Decorate your space. These four walls will be your new home for the next couple of months, so make it yours! Decorate your dorm room to fit your style and make you feel at home. Print out pictures of friends and family to keep them close, even if you’re miles away from them. Photos will add a personal touch and remind you of some of your favorite memories. For more tips and inspiration for decorating your college dorm room check out this blog!
- Stay in touch with people back home. Call your parents from time to time. You might not think that you will miss them, but you will. This will be something new for you and your parents as well. Call a high school friend, or write a letter to someone back home because they will appreciate it. Check out this blog for ideas that you can use to stay in touch with people back home! In saying this, don’t over-do it because college is a great time to learn how to be independent.
- Find a new hobby.There will be plenty of moments of downtime. Keep yourself busy by creating a new hobby or by finding something that interests you. New hobbies could include art, video games, yoga, or playing an instrument. Do something that you love, and invite friends to join you!
- Know that you’re not alone. Hundreds of college students all over the world are going through the same thing as you. Some students might have traveled even further away from home. If you find someone who is in the same boat as you, then reach out to them! Do not be discouraged if it takes a while for you to get used to things. Be patient with yourself, and embrace new opportunities.
Are you feeling stressed about moving away for college? Nervous about adapting to change? Head to Greenville University’s website to learn more about what campus life might look like for you! We want to make sure that your transition is comfortable and full of opportunities.