I thought it might be good to share my college experience with you all. It's not particularly thrilling by any means, but maybe you might find it a little interesting?
I graduated high school early in December 2016, and it was a really difficult transition. I only had Christmas break to transition from being a high school student to being a college student, so I struggled quite a bit. Part of me regrets doing that, and part of me doesn't. My friends forgot about me when graduation came and they never reached out to me to hang out like they used to. Back then I was really sad about this but now I'm glad none of them contacted me. I really never cared for many people I went to high school with because they all cared about partying and having a good time while I cared about studying and getting out of there.
I started college in January 2017 and ended up failing my first ever class. It was College Algebra and it was devastating for me. I was so disappointed in myself and thought I should just quit school. I didn't quit and kept going despite my feelings of legitimate failure.
The next semester was just as difficult when all of my friends went away to college and I was living at home. During this time I shut off my social media because I couldn't handle all of the photos of my high school friends having #OMGAMAZING times at their colleges away from home. It was so depressing and I cried about it a lot. I was so jealous that it ate away at me everyday. This also took a toll on my physical health, and I proceeded to do a medical withdrawal because of all of the doctors appointments and pain I was experiencing. After the medical withdrawal, I eased back into school by doing 3 online classes and one in-person class. This was a lot better and I ended up becoming more successful, and from there I have been successful in all of my classes.
Since I started college early but did a medical withdrawal for one semester, it put me right at where I should be for my age group. I'm going to transfer after two complete years of community college. I'm so happy now that I've almost completed community college and looking back, I know that while I never liked it, I needed that time to be at home while I became more comfortable with being an adult. I used to wish that I had gone to Georgetown right out of high school, but now I'm glad that I got to stay at home for the amount of time I did and that I'm only going away to a school that's 100 miles away.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, and maybe you've found that you aren't alone in your college experience. This is incredibly personal to me so I really hope you understand.