Saturday, July 23, 2011

School Suggestions: It's Not All Exciting

In six week I leave home, possibly forever. Well, I’ll be home for Christmas and probably summers, but it’s likely I’ll never actually live at home again. The house that I’ve lived in for the past thirteen years will no longer be home. My room (which was finally decorated just as I wanted it) will become my sister’s. I’ll have a new apartment with a new room and new roommates and a new church and new friends, and I’ll have to cook for myself, all while trying to study at a new university….

When I take the time to think about it, I shouldn’t be worried. I’m an independent sort of person, and I don’t get homesick easily. When I was fourteen I flew to Ontario by myself and stayed with a friend for a month. Luckily, I already know a lot of people where I’m going and I have some extended family in the area. There are lots of good churches in the area so I’ll have support, and I’m sure my roommates are all going to be awesome. I’ve already gone to university for a year so I know what to expect.

Despite all that, I’m still scared. As much as I can’t help counting down the days (about a month now) until I leave, I can’t help obsessing over everything I’m leaving and worrying about what’s coming. It’s a lot harder than I had ever thought it would be. After all, I’m leaving my comfortable life with my wonderful family on the peaceful Island and moving in to busy Ontario with three people I’ve never met. Yes, I know everything’s gonna be fine, but right now it’s just a little scary.

On the other hand, it still hasn’t sunk in. I can’t imagine myself living in the apartment, not having my family around. I’ve never been to the campus so I can’t see myself in any of the classrooms or talking to the profs. Right now I’m stuck in my PEI life, working, reading, hanging out with friends, writing, etc, and despite it just being a month away, the fall term seems years away.

If you haven’t already gathered this, my emotions are in one big whirl. I know everything’s going to be alright, yet I feel worried, even while it still hasn’t sunk in yet. Moving out for university is a big deal, something I’ve been planning for all my life, and I can’t believe it’s actually happening. It’s no surprise that my brain hasn’t processed it yet. J

As for you, my lovely blog readers, are any of you starting university in the fall? Even if you’re not, I assume you’re planning for it, trying to decide what you want to study or where you want to go. It’s an exciting period, and I wish you all the best. And to help you all out in this time of transition, I’ve compiled a School Suggestions Saturday Series where I give some (hopefully) helpful tips for when you head off to university. I’m so glad I went to UPEI for this past semester, so I already know what to expect from university. I hope my experience can make some of you guys’ high school to college transitions just that much easier. 


  1. Wow, you're going to University 0.0 I'm going to high school this year, so. . . .
    Anyway, I wish you the best of luck =D I bet you're going to have a ton of fun!
    PEI? LUCKY. That's where Anne of Green Gables lived *nods*
    So what are you majoring in there?
    Well, best of luck, hope you have a ton of fun, and I hope your worries go away =)

  2. I'll be going to college, not University, but it's all much of a muchness. And not for at least two more years,:) Good luck!

  3. Going into my third year of university!! More history and literature courses to come. Man, I feel old. Especially now my teenage years are coming to a close.

  4. Thanks for all the well-wishes, guys. :) Strangely enough, packing for Uni the other day made me feel a bit better about it. My bookshelf looks a little depressed, though, as I've already packed most of them away.

    I hope all of you guys have a great year at School or college or university. I love reading all your blogs. :)

  5. Going back to high school this fall. I've been thinking so much of college lately and what'll be like to leave home. Good luck in Unviersity! Can't wait to read your school suggestions.