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What can I do to feel more excited about, and less scared for, my college transition in a few months?

I'm very close with my family, but my top school is over five hours away from home. Everyone tells me that college will be one of the best times of my life, but I can't help but feel more terrified than excited. Is there anything I can start doing now to start easing myself into the idea? What should do when I get to school to make the transition easier? #college #undergraduate #life-transitions

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Erin’s Answer

Think of college as your time to explore new types of people, new learnings and new places. My daughter goes to school in California and we live in Boston. While that sounds far, it is a single, direct flight away and we can facetime her as much as we like. Whether it is a few hours away or only an hour away, if you keep an open mind about new experiences and embrace the opportunity you will be too busy to miss home!
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Raey’s Answer

I would say for starters spend quality time with your family and friends. Don't let the thought of how the future might go keep you from enjoying the time you have with them now. Next, try to plan out how often you would like to visit. Having an idea of when your next visit will be will give you something to look forward to.

I would also suggest looking into the clubs that your school has and looking in to those your are interested in. Once you start college try to attend the first meetings where you will get to meet people with similar interests. Once you know a few people, you can even start your own club. You can also set a reasonable goal for yourself to try to talk to new people and not wait for people to come to you each time. Another thing would be to have a small study group with a couple of people in your class (especially in classes that you are taking for your major). This will not only help you meet new people but it will be a way for you to spread your network in your field.

Most of all enjoy the process and remember that there are people in the same boat as you. Good luck!
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Edwin’s Answer

Hello Mallory,

For starters, I am excited for you to start your next chapter in college! Congrats!

-I would say to get out of your comfort zone. Starting by joining a club that sounds interesting to you! Whether it's a sports club, academic program, or even a workshop; because this is where I have met countless people.
-Also, I call my parents during the week or whenever I want someone to talk to.
-You can make friends with your roommates and classmates, don’t worry everyone will be in the same shoes and want to make new friends.
-You can ask what someones major is and start small talk with them! Then, what is their dream job, and how they feel so far with classes?

Remember you got this!!

Best,
Edwin
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Rachel’s Answer

I would say set up a ritual for yourself for once you are away at college. Plan out ways to stay connected with your friends and family at home even while you are away. Ofcourse this will need to work with your college schedule once you are away. But for exampled every Thursday night you can Skype with your mom or family, friends etc. to stay connected and not let too much time pass between seeing one another. To feel more excited about college, I reccommend watching youtube videos, reading blogs, and getting as much information as possible about te college experience (especially for the schools you have applied to).

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