Change, change, change! The last 9 months of my life have consisted of nothing but transitions, changes, and an overwhelming amount of independence and responsibility. Moving from a comfy home with my mother and sister to a dorm of at least 900 students, changing my major and career goal, facing my most difficult classes yet, all while juggling whether I should go to the gym or spend more time studying between classes. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m a college freshman (and still hanging in there!)
The hardest part of college for me has been the adjustments. Before college, I was always mature, independent, and could take on responsibility as needed. However, my mother was always a couple miles away, now we’re at least 90 miles apart! When a problem arises, I have to handle it on my own. When I’m feeling down, I can only make a phone call (although it’s great, nothing beats a face to face conversation).
Ultimately, I’ve been forced to start “adulting”, in other words, handle many everyday responsibilities all on my own. Now, this isn’t always a bad thing. I love depositing my own checks from work, deciding what I’m going to eat for dinner, choosing my own schedules. However, it’s the sudden changes that makes the experience a bit of a whirlwind at times. Also, not to mention, in the process, me as a person gradually grows with the change. As the changes keep coming, I see myself transforming from just a teenager to a young adult.
Change is inevitable and without change there is never any true growth. With my freshman year of college coming to an end, I am no longer afraid of the “c-word”. I am actually more grateful because with every change I’ve faced, everything has continued to fall into it’s rightful place.