Freshman Year Expectations vs. Reality

Everyone goes into their freshman year of college with certain expectations, whether it be of school or your social life. However, as you’ve probably experienced in other aspects of your life, expectations rarely align with reality. I am about halfway through my freshman year, so I decided to share some of my incoming expectations of college and the true realities of it.

 

Expectation:

“I’m going to go out and get drunk every night.”

Reality:

You are going to be so exhausted during the week that drinking is the last thing on your mind. All you will want to do is sleep.

Expectation:

“I’ll have so much free time.”

Reality:

Disappointingly, you will probably have so much homework you will feel like you have no time for anything.

Expectation:

“It’s going to be so nice to be independent all the time.”

Reality:

You will severely miss those home-cooked meals and your nagging parents.

Expectation:

“I’m going to have so many friends.”

Reality:

You’ll meet a lot of people, but friendships take true effort to create in such a largely populated environment.

Expectation:

“I’m going to look cute for class everyday.”

Reality:

You’ll be lucky if you get out of bed in time to brush your hair.

Just because your expectations don’t always come true, sometimes this can be a good thing! I think the fact that you don’t get to party every night or have a ton of free time comes with being successful in school, which is the real reason you are in college in the first place!