Graduated from High School, and Off to College Soon.
My name is Abbey Willis, and I’m this here lady’s daughter. I’m a less than a month away from being 18, and just last month I graduated from Watkins Glen High School.
I applied to and was accepted to 3 colleges, but I decided on SUNY Purchase, which is 4 and a half hours away. I’ve never been away from home without my parents for more than a week, at most. Sad, I know. But thankfully I’ll have my boyfriend with me, so I won’t be entirely alone.
Despite my excitement to get away and start new somewhere else. I’m nervous. I’ll miss my friends and family because we have close relationships. What if I get really homesick and it takes me a long time to adjust? What if I get a weird roommate, or a mean one? What if we just don’t get along, or she never talks to me? What if she never shuts up?
Will I get lost my first day and have to show up late to class and walk into this huge lecture hall with hundreds of other students staring at me? I’m also a generally shy person and with all the people I’ll have to meet and talk to, will I drown in my social awkwardness? I’ve never had to experience anything like this before, and I feel like I’ll be out of place. On top of this, my college’s website hasn’t been acting right and class registration has been a big pain. So now I’m worried about getting into all the right classes.
Now, I know it won’t be all bad, and there will be positive things about going to college. Learning independence, making new friends, stepping out of my comfort zone, being in a place I’ve never been, learning new and exciting things in class, and being one step closer to being a real life adult with a career in something I enjoy (which is psychology by the way). However, it is difficult to see those great things with all the uncertainties in the way. I have a picture of how everything will go, but I can’t know until I get there. I hope orientation this month gives me some insight about the college experience and gives me the chance to get my schedule set so I can breathe for a second. I guess I’ll let you know when I get to that step.
This is my first post on my Mom’s website, and my Mom didn’t tell me how to end these things. I feel like a kid who learned to ride a bike, but never learn how to brake.