Ah… the good old days of high school. Living at home with the parents and being on one set schedule for a whole school year. As fun as it may seem sometimes – here are ten things that you will not miss about being in high school:
1) The drama.
This is number one for a reason. The petty drama of high school – who hung out with who over the weekend, who is going with who to the dance, etc. etc. becomes much different in college. If you are surrounded by those in your high school who thrive off of the rumors and drama and it drives you up a wall – have no fear, college is soon here! In college it is much easier to remove yourself from the people who bring you down. You have much more freedom in choosing who you spend your time with and can no longer feel like you are stuck in the mess of the drama.
2) The day-to-day routine.
Everyday you are probably in your school for at least seven to eight hours a day, going through the same routine. In college, you will pick when your classes are and be able to use your free time however you want. You could study, exercise, meet a friend for lunch or whatever you choose – it is a freedom you will gain when you leave the heavily planned out and scheduled days of high school. The early mornings are also something that you will be able to have more freedom to avoid. If you’re not a morning person you have the ability to choose classes that begin in the afternoon or even later. If you are a morning person, you can also choose to get your classes out of the way early in the morning and spend the rest of the day doing whatever you want.
3) The lack of freedom.
Maybe you have freedom now, maybe you don’t. The thing is, nothing compares to the freedom of college. Your parents are not there to keep an eye on your every move, tell you when to clean your room or when to be home for the night. The choices are yours – that is a huge change and one that must be acted on appropriately. This freedom also means a huge change in responsibility which you must also be conscientious about.
4) Class scheduling.
Yes, in high school you have the ability to choose the classes that you take – but in college that is a true freedom. In most cases at most schools, there are hundreds of thousands of classes that you have the ability to choose from when you begin to make your schedule. From the general education requirements to the classes in your major, the choice is truly yours and you can finally have the opportunity to explore disciplines that you have never learned about before.
5) Planned lunches.
Sounds simple but think about it… your lunches are planned out for you everyday. You know when you are going to eat, who you are going to eat with and most likely – what the cafeteria is serving. In college, you are not going to need to worry about any of that. You can choose who you eat with for any meal, not just lunch. If you want to meet friends on the weekend for brunch at 11:00 in the morning, then you can.
If you only have a few minutes between classes to eat during the day – you can choose where you are going to indulge your meal points. Meal point plans are also a great advantage to eating in college. You have an allotted amount of points equivalent to a dollar amount. Unless you run out of points, you don’t have to worry about having enough money to eat when you eat at places that accept your meal plan.
Overall, college is a change. You are in a new place with new people and sometimes very far away from home. Prepare yourself for those changes and embrace them with an open mind.