First chapter of the last book

Coming to the realization that my childhood was ending and I was about to go off to college was a very real and hard thing to process. Buying things for school and my dorm was exciting, but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced something as difficult as move-in day. That morning I had a panic attack in my bedroom, not wanting to leave home. I was pretty silent on the drive to campus and while my parents and I moved my stuff in. Before I knew it, I was hugging my mom and dad goodbye, and they told me to smile and try to stay positive. I had to go immediately to orientation with red eyes and cheeks from crying. I met people in my group and talked to everyone—the usual orientation stuff. The first weekend at Geneseo was filled with orientation events like casino night, presentations, games, and interactive activities. It was really fun to see people doing things all around campus. I had a feeling of reassurance that everyone was in the same boat as me; I wasn’t the only one struggling. One day, I received a text in the GroupMe for my floor about cupcakes that some girls made, so I went over and started talking to them. Angelica, Maddie, and I talked about our families and interests, our favorite music and hobbies. We shared a similar sense of humor, and the three of us clicked instantly. Plus, we found out we had classes together, so when it came time to go to these classes, I was lucky to have someone I knew in a few of them, and I felt more comfortable. Yet starting classes made me kind of anxious, too, because it was my first time taking college courses. Fortunately, I liked all my professors and courses, and everything went smoothly. As the first week ended, I felt good and was happy to have some friends to hang out with to make the start of this new chapter easier.

One of the most important things about transitioning into college life is making sure you meet people and keep yourself busy. As fun as I might sound like I am having, there have been some really hard days and nights where I just want to go home and see my family and high school friends. To help me pick myself up at these difficult moments, I listen to music, watch one of my favorite movies, or Facetime my friends from home. But what is crucial is also having new friends who can help take your mind off your homesickness. Overall, my time at Geneseo so far has been positive, but there will always be ups and downs. This transition into college and independence has felt like the beginning of the last book of my teenage life.

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