How I Felt the Summer Before Starting College

Are you an incoming freshman student who’s going to be joining the Iowa State community this fall? Two years ago, that’s who I was. Time flew by for me. I’ve already finished my sophomore year at Iowa State, and am going to be a junior this fall. I can’t believe it all passed so quickly.

The summer of 2016, when I was 18 years old, I was getting ready to enter college. I was slowly packing my things, buying new dorm supplies, and wondering what it was gonna be like to switch from a high schooler to a college student. I knew there were going to be a lot of changes, but I didn’t really know what to expect.

Just like anyone else, I had a lot of worries. How was I going to make new friends and leave behind my best friends from high school? Would I like my roommate? What would it be like to live away from my family for the first time? How could I transition from a small town high school to Iowa State?

The answer to all of those questions is: you don’t need to be worried, because your adventure is yet to come.

Of course, along with worries, I was really excited too! What kind of part-time job would I find down in Ames? What cool clubs would I join? Am I going to meet a new group of friends that I’ve always wanted? These are other things I asked myself too.

College is your opportunity to study the things that you genuinely want to study, meet a ton of amazing new people, learn how to live away from your parents and with someone new, and to completely start over. Of course, you don’t need to start over if you don’t want to. You can keep being you, and just let things happen.

I made sure to spend quality time with my friends and family that summer, and to visit my favorite places in my hometown. That’s what you should be doing too if you can! Just enjoy your summer, and get excited to start your new adventure.

And just like that, two years have already gone by. Ames feels like my home now.

My biggest advice is, if you’re worried or nervous, you don’t need to be! Thousands upon thousands of other incoming freshman are going through the same thing that you are. That’s what’s cool about coming to college; you all get to experience it together. Be brave, be bold, and enjoy your time.

Good luck!

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