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College: Welcome to Adulthood

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Two years ago, I started college, living on my own in a different city. There were a lot of responsibilities, but I used to like it. Then I realized I just recently started my adult life. In that moment, I understood why Peter Pan didn't want to grow up.

But guess what? I still like this life. I mean, I like it, but sometimes I hate all responsibilities. No one tells you that college is easy, but no one tells you how to deal with. There is no mom, no dad, no siblings, no one that will make everything easier.

On TV shows, we only watch the social lives of college students. A great example is Buffy. Yes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She went to college, believe or not. But, we rarely see her study. We just see her social life - mostly when she fights vampires and other magical creatures.
buffy the vampire slayer gifWhen you start at college, the only thing you want to do is make friends. This is very important. Why? you always need friends. A professor once told me, "The friends that you make in college and your classmates - you will need them, they will help you find a job." Not all your classmates need to be your friends, so just be nice, friendly and respectful. Friendly doesn't mean "let's be friends," it just means a good relationship.

I'm about to start my third year at college, and I have amazing friends, some with my same major, some not. I think what makes our friendships amazing is that we don't want to compete with each other. Some people say that when you are at college, you need to be No. 1 and compete with everyone because there is just one job, or things like that. But college is not always a competition. I recently understood that college is only one step before the rest of our lives. That's a strong phrase: the rest of our lives.

But I digress. Back to my friends: We don't compete, we support each other. That's what makes our friendships special. We don't need to compete.

Being in college is not easy, but it's not harder than high school. You need to strike a balance. You need to prioritize. Sometimes you are so over this life. Stress and missing your family makes you feel tired of everything, and the only thing you want to do is run back home.

I've thought about moving home a lot of times, but then I think all the things I can do after I finish college. I imagine a happy and successful life. To get there, I need to establish goals and objectives, of who I want to be, what to do with my life. Make some goals; they help your life have a sense of purpose. This will help you to figure what the rest of your life will be about.
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