7 Things You Learn When You Move Across The Country For College

iStockPhoto.com / Lorraine Boogich
iStockPhoto.com / Lorraine Boogich

1. You will spend all your money on plane tickets.

I’ve been in Arizona for less than a year and I’m constantly checking flight prices home. If I see a good deal, I’ll usually buy it right away because they change fast.

2. When you’re sick, all you want is your mom.

This is probably true for anyone in any place. I can remember waking up at 2:30am with that quick get to the bathroom feeling. I remember thinking this isn’t so bad, I’m independent, I can do this on my own. And then I remember laying on the bathroom floor balling because no one came to check on me or bring me a glass of water or even offered to hold my hair back. It’s a real struggle.

3. You will be incredibly jealous of all your friends that can go home for the weekend.

This girl in my physics class once complained that her dad drove from home to come pick her up after class. IF MY DAD WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO PICK ME UP FROM CLASS I WOULD CELEBRATE.

4. The friends you meet will become family.

Most of my college friends are also people who moved across the country. It’s easy to bond with others who can’t go home for thanksgiving or Easter or whenever we want. It’s also very important to have friends that live close so you can spend thanksgiving or Easter with them.

5. You will have extreme FOMO with your friends from home.

If you’re like me and all of you high school friends ended up going to the same college and you moved away, you will be jealous. They all have each other to lean on, they all go to parties, they know exactly what happened between Annie and Chris because they’re all together. You will constantly reevaluate your decision and consider transferring.

6. You will have no money.

No money for food, no money for fun activities, no money for anything. Because you spend it all on plane tickets (see #1). Also, you have no time to get a job because of classes and you always going home.

7. You will realize that in the end, it was totally worth it and you wouldn’t change where you are for anything.

Even though you’re broke and have FOMO all the time, its worth it. It’s worth it to see your mom’s eyes light up when you walk in the door to surprise her. It’s worth it to have different stories to share when you see your friends again. It’s worth it because of the things you get to do on your own for the first time. It’s worth it because now you have two places to call home. TC mark

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