Are you an urbanite attending college in the countryside? If you answered yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Like me, you probably have so many thoughts about your new setting running through your mind. Here are five things you’ve been thinking, but won’t say out loud.
1. So much greenery
You know how they say the grass is always greener on the other side? Well, it sure is in the countryside when you understand how hard it is to come across trees and grass in the city.
2. No public transportation?!
To your dismay, you’ve learned that there isn’t a bus or subway you can catch into town. That’s because people in the countryside drive or even use horse-pulled wagons to get around town.
3. But corner convenient stores…
Forget it because there aren’t any either. You’re going to have to drive to the nearest gas station for junk food.
4. I see white people.
If you’re attending college in the countryside, you’re most likely attending a PWI – predominantly white institution. It’s a change from seeing people of all different backgrounds, but you’ll get used to it.
5. Actual stars at night
You heard right. You’ve lived in the city for so long that you probably almost forgot that they exist because you’re used to them being covered by the city’s light pollution.
Culture shock is a normal reaction when you are thrust into new surroundings. It may initially feel unnatural, but the feeling will begin to fade away once you develop a routine for yourself. So worry not, and enjoy the beauty that only the countryside has to offer.