Leaving from home and exploring ones own dreams are a very important part of
maturing. Though, the physical separation from home is for some a difficult
transition to college life. What are those things one takes for granted
while living at home, and attending high school? What changes does one face
upon entering college?
Just think of all the times the alarm clock did not go off, and mom was
there to make sure school was still reached on time. When the alarm clock
fails to go off at college, then the first class of the day is simply
missed. At home breakfast is made to order: eggs, bacon, pancakes, or even
French toast. In college one finds a particular meal that is edible, and
must stick with it. A cabinet could be opened at home and a variety of tasty
foods are readily available. In college a meal card is swiped though a
machine upon entering the cafeteria, and the word "tasty" rarely enters the
mind. Mom is at home to make sure the dishes are put away after the meal by
everyone; dish duty is passed along each night. The tray is simply handed
over to pairs of hands waiting to clean the dishes at college. Nutrition is
a factor at home, and Mom creates meals with that in mind. A new food group
sprang to life upon entering a residence hall: Mountain Dew, Doritos, Ben &
JerryÕs, Ho-Ho! Ôs, Oreos, the list could go on and on.
Privacy is always available at home; there is somewhere to read, write,
listen to music, or to just rest. Dorm life is a harsh reality to college,
and the only time the room is empty is on a Thursday night. At home a
bedroom is somewhere to keep all personal belongings; there is a particular
space for everything to fit. Space efficiency becomes a survival tactic in
college. When at home there is no worry of someone coming into the bedroom
unless permission is given to enter. In college a day without at least ten
random visitors is considered boring.
At home, family was the only people living inside the house. In college the
entire floor becomes family. The phone is the link of communication between
friends in high school; e-mail becomes a second language in college.
Conversations at home are often revolve around the evening news; while at
school, it is totally the opposite. For the college student Western Europe
could be wiped out by a horrible plague and no one would ever know, but last
weekÕs entire episode of "The Simpsons" could be recited. During high school
it was a chore to walk outside to the mailbox; besides there was nothing but
bills there anyway. Each college student has their mailbox with a
combination, and going to the mailbox was never an ego booster or breaker
before. There is newfound competition in the number, and size of parcels
received each day.
In high school going to bed at midnight is late; asleep by 2:30 a.m. is an
early night in college. At home a bed is somewhere to sleep, where in
college it turns into a desk, table, couch, and anything else one can
imagine. A bed is a comfy, big, relaxing object at home. In college they
said the beds were extra long, but they did not say they were extra narrow.
The front door was rarely locked at home, and if it was there was always a
hidden key. Keys have never been so important than at college, and they seem
to be lost more than ever before.
The closet at home always seemed a little on the small side; in college the
closets seem big until it is realized they are supposed to fit everything
you own inside them. Clothes were limited at home, unless a sibling had a
similar taste and size. The closet seems to stretch down the entire hall in
college, with an endless supply of clothes fitting every style and size.
Laundry is done without any thought at home; mom just picks it up and it
arrives back to the room clean, and folded nicely on the bed. Quarters are
like gold in college. The laundry piles up inside the room until it becomes
impossible to pass without falling, and then one has to resort to actually
bringing it down to the to the washer. Jeans at home are washed after each
use, whether they are dirty or not. Recycling becomes synonymous with
laundry in college; jeans can be worn as many times as days in the week.
High school starts and ends at a set time. Classes in college Éthe later the
better. Fire alarms are cool in high school; everyone loves to get out of
class. They are no longer amusing at college, and even worse when the snow
starts to fly. In high school teachers are always in their classrooms, and
fairly easy to find. College Professors are like celebrities; there are so
many people looking for them, yet they are nowhere to be found. Teachers
check to make sure all books are covered in high school; professors could
care less if Disney pictures covered the pages. High school is free; college
is filled with expenses one never thought possible.
When living at home parents had to know where and when their children were
at all times. In college parents can only hope their children are at least
attending classes. In high school there is a car available to drive around;
even if it is playing taxi driver for a younger sibling. One hopes they do
not forget how to operate a motor vehicle when they return home on college
breaks.
Showers at home are a simple walk to the bathroom. However, it is a process
at college to take a shower; it involves gathering up a shower basket,
towel, and sandals. The bathroom at home has a towel to wipe hands on, and
even some soap to wash them. At college there is no soap or paper towels; it
is a matter of memory to bring the items from the dorm room to the bathroom.
The main concern at home is the toilet seat being left up by the previous
user. In the college forget hoping they put the toilet seat down; just pray
they flush!
College life is an experience one can never forget. The memories of high
school still linger in every college students thought, but there are so many
other issues to deal with while attending college. Stress is a word that no
high school student can fully understand until entering college. There are
some similarities to home life and college life, but the differences seem
infinite. Though, college life may seem adventurous; every college student
knows exactly how good it feels to go back home.
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