A lot of bloggers on the blogging network I am a part of I have posted college packing lists. All of them are exceptionally practical and correct. I want to give a different packing list for immaterial things. Yes, you need sheets, clothes, toiletries and supplies for your classes. However, there are also other things you need you can’t pay for but are equally as important for your freshman year.
- Fear. It is 100% acceptable to be afraid, even terrified. College is a big scary bubble that you are just entering. It isn’t like high school and it isn’t quite like home. College is a different animal.
- Positivity. You might not fall in love with your school the night you get there or even by the end of orientation. By winter break you might still hate it. No matter what your feelings are towards your school, stay positive about it. Find the happy things to take you through your first year.
- Options. You can always transfer. Transferring is not a sign that you couldn’t cut it in college. It just means the school was not for you. That is so common and sometimes what you need to do. If for some reason transferring isn’t an option, look at my previous tip.
- Appreciation. Make the most of it. College is an amazing experience. There is a part of me that hasn’t quite realized I’m almost done with it and come May I am entering the real world. College flies by. Join clubs, make friends, try new things, push yourself academically and socially, find a passion and build it but most importantly live every moment like it’s your last. Once you graduate you will miss it all. I already do.
- Memories. Make snapshots in your mind and hold them there forever. Like I said earlier, college is amazing and I met some of my best friends there. You will want to remember those moments forever. Take photos because they represent a million words.
- Excitement. Be afraid but also be very excited. College is a new experience that can’t quite be replicated. You will make some amazing memories and have some moments you will want to forget happen. All of that is okay and expected.
These are also important packing list items along with the basics you need to live on your own. Seize the moments when they come to you and get ready for the most amazing four years of your life.