10 Things I Learned in College (First Week Edition)

Last Thursday, I embarked on one of the most influential, spiritual, monumental missions of my life – beginning my college experience. Just to get to campus was an intense struggle; I never imagined I had as much stuff to package (not all for survival but a little portion for pleasure, I’ll admit) as I did. 

Seeing my entire life neatly sealed in cardboard boxes was oddly humbling and heartbreaking at the same time. My presence, utterly erased from the room that I called my sanctuary for 16 years. Traversing the road to university, unpacking the belongings, and rearranging a room half the size of my previous dwelling took most of the afternoon into evening – keeping me busy. But when it was time for my parents’ departure, I sensed that the envisioned future was suddenly becoming my new reality; it was time to start the next path of life, begin my own, independent journey as an intellectual, curious, and vivacious human being.

Watching my parents walk away from my outstretched embrace, back to the familiarities of ‘home,’ was perhaps the most trying thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve had unimaginable toils in a medical drama, friends move and forget in a matter of months – but nothing prepared for being on my own – really – for the first time in my entire life. But I got through it. After the tears and the sobs dragged me to the floor, I picked myself up – as I’ve always done – and attacked my new world of opportunities.

By the end of the first week, I’ve successfully attended all of my classes, obtained all my textbooks (much to the dismay of my bank account), and joined two student organizations. College life is one of bustle, movement, and excitement; I can practically see the gates of prosperity materializing right before my eyes, and I’ve only spent five days on official campus. What could the rest of the year bring to my yearning soul, my eager passion for getting out and doing in this world? While laboring over the hills of Athens in the last several days, I’ve pocketed a handful truths, or isms rather, of college life that I either had no previous knowledge or have gained from my (sometimes unwelcome) experiences.

My takeaways: