As a recent grad, I can finally say it: I did it! Yes, I got my degree, but I also completed something else I’m proud of: I survived four years living 1000 miles away from home. And to be honest, I kind of wish I was back in my college town…and I never thought I’d say that two years ago, let alone four years ago. So I’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help out anyone who may be nervous about moving away for college:

You sat at the edge of your bed, clutching your phone, waiting for a text from him. It wasn’t just that day. You’ve been waiting for days, even weeks for him to get back to you. For him to give you an explanation.