pter 1: Lea

ving Home

Of all the different things you’ll face when you go off to college, the hardest part is actually leaving home. Leaving home means leaving everything that is familiar to you in the past and moving on. It is an emotional and slightly frightening time for most. Since the age of six, I started spending my summers away from home for weeks and months at a time. So, I was used to being away from my mom. Therefore, when I left home, I thought it was going to be easy to leave her. I thought transitioning into college would be a breeze-that was so far from the truth. I hadn’t thought about the whole idea: getting acquainted with a totally different environment, in a totally different state, on a totally different side of the country!


Chapter 12: Balancing Academics With A Social Life
One of the hardest things you will ever have to learn is how to manage both your academic schedule and your social life. Now that you’re on your own, there are certain things you have to do for yourself. Say, for instance, there is a party you really want to go to, but you know you still have to study for tomorrow’s test. What do you do? There are no parents telling you what to do and no teachers calling home to say that you missed a class. It’s up to you to take care of business.

Some schools are stricter than others. You maybe be required to attend a certain number of classes to stay enrolled. You may be required to pass all the tests of a certain course. Either way, you have to make sure that you meet academic guidelines because, let’s face it, college is fun, but if you party too hard and study too little, you’ll be kicked out.