Monday, August 24, 2015

5 Things That Happen in the First Week of College

1. You'll meet more people than you ever have before.
I cannot begin to tell you how many people I met during the first week. The conversations were generally all the same: "What's your major?" and "Where are you from?" were common convo starters - they still are in week two and probably will be for the next four years. Don't feel bad if you don't remember someone's name - chances are that they don't remember your name either! Asking for someone's name a second or even third time is not a big deal at all.

2. You'll start to find your groove.
It's weird to think that habits can only form in a short amount of time, but they do! Do know that they can change though. In the first week and a half, my schedule changed so much because of everything going on, but I started to find a nice groove to settle in around the beginning of week two. The transition into college gets easier and easier as you get used to your new schedule.

3. You'll realize that you're on your own.
This is perhaps this weirdest part of living at college, and it sounds much scarier than it actually is. But as you go through your first week or so, you'll start to understand your newfound freedom. You truly are an adult and in charge of yourself at this point - it's wonderful, scary, and amazing all at the same time. You have the power to do what you want, when you want, and even though it can be terrifying at times, it really is a great feeling.

4. You'll be exhausted.
So much happens in the first week of college. If you go through sorority recruitment, you'll be even more exhausted. (I finished up recruitment last week and will post more on that later!) Through meeting people, going to "welcome week" events, and getting used to your new surroundings, it'll be hard to get enough sleep. But things do calm down eventually. Just grab some coffee, and you'll be fine. It's a super fun week, but can be very tiring at the same time.

5. You'll miss home.
It's true, you will miss home. The transition can be hard, but in due time you'll end up calling your dorm room home without even realizing it. Call your parents, call your siblings, call your friends - you'll be okay. As you make friends, find your way around, and sink into a "schedule" of sorts, you'll find yourself thinking of home less and less. This isn't to say you still won't miss it, and you definitely won't forget about it entirely, but you'll be able to focus more on living in the moment at your newfound home.



  1. I have now less than a year before I go off to college! I'm looking forward to it but am a little scared too! I'm glad to see that meeting a lot of new people hasn't been to difficult! Great post.

    1. Ahh good luck with senior year! It'll fly by and you'll be at college before you know it!