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Entering college is a surreal experience. It opens doors to new opportunities that may be hard to find otherwise, but it can be hard to know what to expect and when to expect it. Here are six things to expect when going to college for the first time:

More freedom to do whatever you want. Transitioning from living with your parents and family members to being completely by yourself is a big change. Without your parents there, it’s up to you and your judgment to make decisions. You can do whatever you want, whenever and wherever you please.

You pick your own schedule. College allows you to choose your own schedule. For example, when picking classes, it is entirely up to you to choose classes at certain times. It’s also up to you to decide when you want to get food, hang out with friends, go to the gym, go to bed, etc. 

You’ll feel lonely at some point. Although college is a great place to meet new friends and experience new opportunities, feeling lonely at some point is inevitable. In a place with thousands of people and opportunities, it’s easy to lose yourself in the process of wanting to fit in and find “your people.” However, this feeling won’t last forever. Being away from home and being put into a completely new environment is a struggle and will get better as you adjust to your new surroundings.

You’ll meet so many new people from different places, backgrounds, and cultures. College campuses are so diverse and filled with many people who are different from you, making it a perfect place to meet new people and make new friends.

You’ll find new passions and interests. Many colleges offer opportunities to get involved and find new interests, including clubs, recreational sports teams, and many more. By going out of your comfort zone and participating in these activities, you can find something you enjoy, and even find new hobbies!

You’ll feel homesick at some point. For many, going to college is the first time you are away from home and on your own. So wanting to go home and back to where you’re comfortable is not uncommon. On the bright side, like the loneliness, the homesickness will eventually subside once you start adjusting to college life and finding your place in the world.

There you have it! Ease those nerves and be prepared to have the time of your life!

Amy Cho

MSU '26

Amy Cho is a member of Her Campus at MSU. She is a chapter member who monthly articles and publishes them for her audience. Cho is a sophomore at Michigan State University majoring in Communication with a concentration in Mediated Communication and Journalism with a minor in Broadcast Journalism. She has previously written multiple articles for her high school's newspaper and has appeared on the school news channel. In her free time, Cho enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching cheesy movies with her boyfriend, and tackling various arts-and-crafts projects.