Life away from home for the first time in your life is a lot like the start of a cross country race. Growing up with your family and going to high school was all your practice. It is the time to show everybody what you can do on your own. Of course there will always be the things that you miss from your old home life, but there are just as many benefits, if not more, such as being on your own and starting the next chapter of your life.
You will always miss the people you have grown close to. At first it was very hard for me to let go of my old friends and not be able to see my family as much as I’d like. Even though I had made two trips back within the first two months it wasn’t until the third months that I really settled in. Going back that much in the first few months isn’t recommended as it makes it harder to move on. Click here for more tips if your just starting college. Another thing that was unfamiliar was the fact that I knew nobody at the college. Everybody here was new and I had no idea what they liked or how they acted much like how you won’t know how other racers will perform.
Although it was hard to get away from my life in Falcon, Colorado, it starting getting a lot easier once I settled in. Making so many new friends was such a great experience. As a cross country runner, you’re part of a team and I have never felt closer to a group of people than I have to this team. We all do everything together and have a blast doing it. Meeting this awesome group of individuals has made the first semester here at McPherson college well worth it on its own. On top of making new friends I also had a great season of cross country, ending up as the #1 freshman in our conference. The only reason I was able to achieve this was with the help of my coach and my teammates pushing me throughout the season to strive for more. Also the fact that I don’t have my parents constantly checking in on me and where I’m going everyday is a relief, and just the fact that I’m free to do almost anything I want and when I want to. It is defiantly more relaxed now that I’ve settled down, just like running downhill.
Leaving home for college was a hard decision, but it was defiantly needed. Even though it is tough at first everything eventually ended up for the better. Everybody needs to start the next chapter of your life, but whether you decide read a little faster or slower is up to you. The race has just begun and I can’t wait for more. How was your first semester at college?