From the moment I set foot on campus, I knew the University of Alabama was where I belonged. As cliché as it sounds, the university felt as though it came straight from a fairytale. Despite the ‘lovey dovey’ feeling I experienced from finally being a college freshman, I quickly realized college is anything but a fairytale.
Being away from home, in my case eight hours, can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Of course you have this newfound freedom, and don’t get me wrong, it’s a great part of the college experience. But with this freedom comes new responsibilities, too. For example, you are in charge of waking up every morning in time for class along with planning your three (or more) meals for the day. And let me tell you, laundry quickly piles up, and sadly, mom is not there to save the day by doing it for you (I learned this the hard way when I had a pile of three week old clothes staring back at me from the corner of my room.) However, balancing academics with extracurricular activities remained the most important struggle, and I quickly realized my planner would be my best friend for the next four years, if not longer.
If a student learns anything during their college years, it will, without a doubt, be responsibility. The days of plaid uniforms, mom serving as your early morning alarm clock and hot snacks waiting when you arrive home from school are over. During college, one truly experiences what it means to be on your own. As scary as it sounds, it is simply a part of life. In the end, the homesickness and growing up is worth the price one must pay to become the person they are truly meant to be.
This blog post was written by Maret Montanari. She is in the account services department in Capstone Agency.