So, now that I’m in my seventh week here, I think it’s safe to say I’ve adjusted to college life quite bit. I’ve had my first set of lectures, my first midterms, and I’m finally getting used to the college atmosphere. Things have changed for me for sure, and the adjustment from high school was a big one. Living away from home, being independent, and balancing work and fun have all been challenges. However, these are challenges that are any college student must face, and as such, I’ve been able to achieve. Let me describe some of the things you should expect when you go to college:
Food – Yea, your mom won’t be home cooking food for you anymore. At Lehigh, you have a few different options for cafeteria eating, some better than others, but overall, you’re still eating at a food court. Lehigh does have plenty of options, though, and we’re definitely not the worst out there. If you come visit, give it a try! (Also get a crepe from the crepe lady; she’s the nicest person out there.
Work– We are Lehigh University. If you got into Lehigh, you should know what to expect when it comes to workload. Your classes will be tough, and you will have lower grades than you had in high school. Some majors are harder than others, and if you’re in CSB like me, you’ll be loaded with classes your freshman year (freshman take the maximum credits allowed, 18, for CSB majors). It’s tough but you’re able to manage.
Sleep – Yeah, you’re probably not gonna get as much sleep as you did in high school. With the added work, comes added homework. With added homework, comes added procrastination. With added procrastination, comes less sleep. At least that’s the way it works for me, hopefully you can be different.
Friends – The first few days of college can be a little intimidating, meeting hundreds of new people and not remembering a single person’s name. But that’s alright. As time goes on, you find your clique. You find your group of friends, and you’ll spend 99% of your free time with them. You will miss your hometown friends (including your pets), but you’ll get to see them during breaks. Until then, you’re happy with your new group here.
Clubs – There is literally a club for everyone. If there isn’t a club, it’s extremely easy to make one. Extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports are common, and it’s extremely easy to sign up for any club you want. The only problem is finding time to balance the meetings (for example, rugby for me often conflicts with the Investment Management Group), and balancing time at clubs with schoolwork.
Diversity – I’m not really going to talk about this, since pretty much every college pamphlet does. It’s just kinda cool when you have friends from Cali, Florida, Jersey, and Korea, all at the same time.
Parties – Lehigh has a very solid Greek scene. I’m not really going to get into this either, but if you want to go out, you’ll always have an option to. Conversely, if you don’t want to go out, there are plenty of kids here who choose not to. It’s all preference.
Overall, college is a very big change from high school. You don’t have your parents as a safety net, and you have to work harder than you’ve had to before. You’ll be a lot more busy, but you’ll have a lot more fun along the way. Just keep your priorities straight (school first), and you’ll be fine. Just be ready for the change.