For me, the hardest thing about college hasn’t been the classes. It hasn’t been social issues, or homesickness, or having to wear sandals in the…

For me, the hardest thing about college hasn’t been the classes. It hasn’t been social issues, or homesickness, or having to wear sandals in the shower. The most difficult thing I’ve encountered so far has been something I’d been waiting a while for: freedom. Not that living at home is like prison, but there are a lot of restrictions that don’t apply now that I’m on campus. Even a small thing, like not getting asked by my parents about the work that’s due soon, or how I’m doing in a class, can make it a lot harder to actually get assignments done. I haven’t had problems with turning things in late, but only because I’ve resorted to putting post-its on my computer (and in more obnoxious places, like my shoes) to remind myself to get stuff done. I don’t dislike my newly obtained freedom, but in order to appreciate it you have to put some work in. For people in my position, who are still a little flustered or feel overwhelmed by swirling to-do’s, I’d recommend writing stuff down. Trying to keep everything in my head just wasn’t working, and by making a to-do list you can keep everything organized. Plus, it’s more than a little satisfying to violently scratch out a just-completed assignment, leaving you one step closer to being done and wasting time on the internet.
– Will

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