Advice on being away from home for the first time
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March 26, 2018
By Isabelle Denman
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Hey there friends!  Today I want to share with you the second post in a series of guest posts written by some of my past high school senior clients.  You can see the first of this series HERE.  That post talks about the truth about sororities.  Today's post by Izzy is all about her experience in moving away from home for the first time during her freshman year of college.  I love how both Maya and Izzy have shared so openly and honestly about their experiences.  

 

Going to college is pretty scary- especially when you are going to be two hours away from your parents, your friends, and your boyfriend. I would assume that it would not be as bad if there was someone that you know going to college with you, but that was not the case for me. I had a really difficult time with the move for the first couple of weeks, but I quickly learned how to cope with it and how to make myself busy so I didn’t have time to think about being lonely.

I called my parents at the end of every day to tell them about everything that happened and how classes went, and I still call them at least once a week. When I first went off to college I made sure to keep in touch with the friends that I graduated with, and sometimes I would visit them/they would visit me. But now, I barely have any contact with them at all- it is very difficult to stay close when there are so many new friends that you will make. I still do consider those friends to be very close friends, and I know that if we were to hang out today we would be just like old times. But if I am being honest, I think the most difficult thing to cope with was the separation from my boyfriend (Taylor). We had already been dealing with a long distance relationship for a year since he went to college, but I just knew it was going to become increasingly difficult since I wouldn’t have my friends or my family to distract me anymore. Surprisingly enough, I got to see Taylor and my family a lot that first year. I made enough time in my schedule to be able to go visit him on some of my weekends to watch him play football, and to come home to see my family on some other weekends. It was a lot of traveling, but it was definitely worth it to keep my sanity.

The best thing that has happened to me during college was meeting my best friend, Austyn. He is the absolute best!! We hung out all the time- I mean we did everything together. I definitely stayed in his room more than I stayed in my own room (mostly because my roommate sucked, but whatever). Our entire freshman year we were on a mission to find him a boyfriend- and at the end of the year we finally had success. He met Josh, and they have been dating ever since, and now we are all roommates in an apartment. In my opinion, it is the best possible situation because I do not have to be scared about living alone, and I don’t have to put up with a bunch of other girls.

So, the best advice that I could give you about being away from home is to find an amazing friend who will be there for you through everything. And if you don’t feel like making any friends, or are like me and don’t make friends easily, just call me and I’ll talk you through the hard times!

Izzy

P.S. getting a furry friend whenever you get out of the dorm (and when you know you can handle it) is a super great idea. Your parents might think you are crazy for wanting to take on the responsibility, but my dog has truly helped me through so much. She is the sweetest thing in the world and she loves to cuddle (so its great whenever I am sad). Also, she forces me to work out, so it’s a win-win.

 

If you've loved this article from Izzy, or if you have a question for her, please leave your love or question in the comment section below.  Izzy can stop by an answer your questions here for you.

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