1. OMG. Is this actually happening?
As summer went by, it always felt like moving in was so far away. It doesn’t really hit you until you’re in the car on the way up here. Then suddenly you’re thinking, “Wow, it’s really here. I’m actually leaving the nest and adulting.”
2. What’s my roommate going to be like? What if she turns out to be a psycho killer?
You’ve heard the horror stories. You’ve seen the movie The Roommate, starring Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly. You think, “What if that happens to me? What if we don’t get along? What if she tries to murder me in my sleep?” (Okay, so the last one was a bit dramatic). Getting a random roommate sometimes sounds scary, but as long as you and your roommate learn to be respectful of each other’s wishes and learn to compromise, living together should be a breeze!
3. I’m tired, stressed, and hungry. Why can’t orientation start tomorrow?
Instead of understanding how moving in can be draining and stressful, why must they make me sit through 4 hours of orientation THE DAY I GET HERE? I just want to relax and get used to my new home instead of telling my orientation group fun facts about myself in a hot room.
4. I hope I have a Pinterest-worthy room.
One of the most exciting parts about moving away from home is having a fresh, parent free space with decorations of your choosing. All summer you’ve been shopping for decor, and dreaming of what the finished product will look like.
5. Oh, God. What will the communal bathrooms be like?
Will I have to fight for a shower? What if it’s 2 AM and I have to pee? Will I need to put on a bra when I’m half-awake or can I get away with it without judgement?
6. Am I going to get hit in the face with the freshman 15?
It’s no secret that college food isn’t the best for you. Am I going to have enough time to work off all those dining hall carbs, and infinite sweets?
7. What will my professors be like? What if they’re mean?
Every college student is clueless as to what their professors will be like at the start of the term. They know a good or bad professor can make, or break, the semester. But don’t worry! A good tool is the website Rate My Professor. It rates professors from each college, and shows comments from former students who share their experiences with that particular professor.
8. What if I can’t handle the workload?
The dreaded college workload can be very stressful. But you’re not alone! Everyone gets stressed about the work. Make friends in the class and study together. One of the perks of going to college at Oneonta is the free tutoring in Alumni Hall! There’s nothing wrong with asking for help sometimes.
9. Why is everyone so impatient when it comes to laundry?
I understand waiting for a washer or dryer can be frustrating when you have a million things to do other than just laundry. But you have to remember, when someone’s clothes are done, it is common courtesy to wait 5-10 minutes before removing someone else’s laundry and putting in your own. Yet it seems I am the only one who follows this 5-minute rule. Almost every time I come downstairs to get my laundry, even if I am a minute late, my laundry is already manhandled and thrown around.
10. What if I don’t make any friends?
What if I can’t find anyone I relate to? This is a very common fear. If you find yourself having trouble making friends, a good solution is to join a club! You’ll find people with interests similar to your own, and you might even find the people in the club are in your classes and BOOM: FRIENDSHIP.