If you’re anything like me, you grew really attached to your high school community over the course of the past four years. You pretended to hate the crowded stairs and the bell schedule, but in reality, it was something you were used to; it was safe and structured and you knew where you fit in. You complained about it the whole time and you got hardcore senioritis, but by graduation, you knew you’d miss it. And let’s face it, you were/are nervous about completely starting over at your new college.
This is going to sound harsh. If someone told me this over the summer, I probably would have cried, but…stop thinking about high school. It’s over. You can’t go back. Maybe you don’t want to at this very moment, but you will at some point…resist the urge to over-dwell on it. (As Pumbaa says, “you got to put your behind in your past.”)
Don’t expect this to be High School Part Two. It’s College Part One. Don’t let the thought even cross your mind. Everything you do in college will be different. The class structure will be different, the way you do homework will be different, your sleeping and eating schedules will be different. Your friends, your clubs, your communication with your family, the things you do in your free time…they’ll all be different.
I’m not saying this to scare you. You’ll adjust faster than you can imagine, and you’ll love every second of it. (I didn’t think I could do it, but I did! And I really do love everything about it.) This is just a heads-up, be ready to be surprised by college. If you expect college to be anything like high school, you’ll just be disappointed that said expectations aren’t met.
I decided to continue my high school marching band experience into college and I thought it would be the same (it wasn’t, at all…my high school marching is based on competition, college field band is based on entertainment). I’ll admit I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t exactly the same are the experience I had grown to love so much back home. (Don’t completely give up on your favorite high school activities though! Just make sure you’re mentally prepared for a new spin on it.) If you are prepared for a completely unexpected experience and completely submerge yourself in the newness of it, you’ll get so much more out of it.
Okay, once you’ve completely adjusted, go ahead and think back to your high school days with love. But for now, get out there and embrace a completely new and amazing experience!
Lots of love, Maggie