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Was it hard adjusting to living out of state during college?

I am asking this question because I am probably going #outofstate for college and this kind of freaks me out as I have never lived by myself let alone in a new year. I just want to know a little of what to expect and any pointers on adjusting. #college #out-of-state-student #life-transitions #adjusting


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Jillian’s Answer

I went to college out of state and have never lived by myself prior. I also went to college in a state where I had no family and friends. Remember that you are not alone. There are probably a lot of people at your college who are in the same boat. Going to school out of state and living by yourself allows you to grow so much as a person. You'll learn how to be independent, how to deal with loneliness, how to maintain relationship, and so much more. Try not to dwell too much on your homesickness or loneliness. These are nature feelings. Keep an open mind, be friendly and kind to everyone, and make sure to keep in touch with your friends and family back home! Don't be afraid! The adventure has just begun!


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DeCosmon’s Answer

Hi Taylor,

I hope you are having an amazing day.  I am from Opelika, AL., but I attend Clark Atlanta University.  I moved to Atlanta and thought because my family was so close that I wouldn't be homesick.  Well, my mom helped me move my things into my dorm and she left.  When she left, I was instantly homesick.  I was ready to pack up and leave within hours.  Then, I met my roommates and I never felt homesick again. 


My suggestion is to make friends.  You definitely want to make friends with the students in your major.  Attend the football games, if they have a football team.  Adjust to the college life, and your family will call you to see if you've forgotten about them.  Lol! 


I wish you nothing but the best and much success.  Make friends and enjoy college.  OH, DO NOT TAKE ANY 8AM CLASSES.  LOL


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Priya’s Answer

Hi Taylor,

I am from Connecticut and am currently attending school in Georgia. At first, the transition is a bit tough, but you just have to be willing to seek out friends. Go up to people you haven't met and find a topic that you can both talk about-your majors, where you're from, your hobbies, etc. I made most of my friends at orientation. This orientation was specifically for freshman who lived at least 800 miles away from the college. I still remember going and now knowing a single person. I stepped out of my comfort zone, and started conversations with a few people. Those people are now my best friends. Everyone's story of making friends is different, but when you're out of state, your friends at college become your family, so it's important to have a good foundation. Don't fret too much, just be yourself and reach out to your peers. Best of luck!


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