Adapting to College Life: Leaving Your Old Life Behind

Do you ever feel like you’re growing up to be the person you’re supposed to be, but don’t know if you’re making the right decision?

Transforming from high school to college is a big step in life, and a huge change.  Some of my very close friends from home always wondered how much I would change as I went off to school and started living on my own.  I never thought I would be one to change too much.  I’m not saying I’ve changed a lot, but I am definitely growing up faster than I thought I would, and stepping out of my comfort zone more than I ever thought I could.  I am a lot more willing to take risks and try things I’ve never tried before, such as different foods I always hated as a child, being more social than in my awkward junior high days, and making more friends.


As I am close to being in my 20’s I feel as if I’m having slight episodes of mid-life crises.  I kid you not, at least once a day I’ve been asking myself, is this what growing up is supposed to be like?  I definitely feel like myself, but at the same time am constantly feeling like I’m leaving my old life behind.  Is that normal?

Being on the opposite side of the state has slightly disconnected me from friends back home, and maybe that’s ok.  There is nothing wrong with meeting more friends while at college.  But as I spend more time with friends from college and less time with friends from home it feels like I’m leaving my life behind, like I have two different lives in two different places.  I would definitely consider my friends from home and my friends from college my friends for life.  And that’s something I just have to keep reminding myself as I constantly feel like I’m leaving my home life behind.

College is all about fresh starts, trying new things, and finding what you like and don’t like, right?