Asher Roth’s I Love College is more than just a catchy-tune that placed on Billboard’s Top 100.
It’s the anthem for many college students, because… well, you gotta listen to the song.
But besides the partying, attending football tailgates, and meeting new people aspect- college is hard. Words cannot describe what it’s like to pack up and move to a totally different place, with someone you’ve most likely met before, and being completely on your own. While the idea of this excites most, us college students would be lying if we said we weren’t at least a little spooked about not having Mom and Dad there.
College is a totally different world, and over one’s four years of attending university, they somehow get prepared for the real world. The amount of maturity that takes place while in school is drastic, and it’s an understatement to say that it’s life changing. I say this in the least dramatic way possible.
So to answer the question, “how to prepare for college?”, I have one answer: you can’t.
College is not a biology exam or a driver’s test. It’s a stage in many American’s lives that, if fortunate enough to attend university, determines the majority of what happens in an individual’s life after those 4 years are up. For a lot of people, college is where people meet their lifelong best friend, their soulmate, and their career path. These are concepts so big, it’s nearly impossible to prepare for it.
Don’t fret, however! Because that’s exactly what college is about– the unknown and the unimaginable. The mystery of what can happen over those four years is overwhelming, yet exciting. The world really becomes your oyster, and the only way to prepare is to except that things will not always go to plan.
You will not always get an A on every exam. Your freshman year relationship may not survive the tenuous month-long semester breaks. Being able to endure these realities, whilst being open to the many opportunities and experiences college will offer, is the only way to truly prepare for university.