A couple days ago, I did a post on Things I’m Looking Forward To In College, and this is the opposite post of that. As of this post going on, I have exactly one week until classes begin, and I’m excited (though also a little terrified). However, as I mentioned in my last post, there are negatives to every positive. So today I’m going to share some of the things I’m not looking forward to in college.
My new university is about a half hour drive away, and since I’ll be going there every day from Monday to Friday, that adds an hour a day to my schedule. I’m not a huge fan of driving at the best of times, so this is one aspect of college I’m not looking forward to. However, I also can’t justify spending thousands of dollars per semester to live on campus, when I could live with my family for free. But still, I hate driving!
On the positive side of this, that also means I’ll be downloading a lot of audiobooks to my phone to listen to on the drive. Since I know that I’ll have a lot less time to read fun books, this gives me a way to still read a bit every day outside of school. It’s strange, because in general I’m not a massive fan of audiobooks, but it’s a way to read books while getting other things done.
I use the term “social” to encompass both classes and outside social life in college. I find most people in college think very similarly. Whether it is certain negative views (like all Christians are bad), or simply being close-minded to new ideas, colleges tend to be filled with them. It’s so easy to agree with what everyone is saying, but it takes so much more research and time to find out the truth of the situation. You probably are thinking, “What is she even talking about?”
I’ll give you an example from my previous college. There was a Christian club at my school community college. I never joined it (mostly because I was way too busy), but most of my peers had a negative view of them. “They’re always pushing their views on you,” one person might say. “They are so close-minded to scientific research,” another would offer. It took my two years of being at that school to get to know some people in that club, and learn that neither judgement was true. And this is just the social life within the college. If someone states a statistic in class (either a teacher or a student), I’d have to do a lot of research outside of class to find if that statistic was accurate. It’s impossible to do that with every single fact, and it’s one of the reason I struggled with school the first time.
So, this time around, I’m not looking forward to the peer pressure, the possible bias of teachers, and the entire social economy of the school.
I’m not the type of person who likes to have a full schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to keep busy, but I like to do things in my own time. With school, you have to stick with an outside schedule. You have to take classes when they are offered. You have to show up for class and complete assignments on a schedule.
In the last two years, I’ve gotten used to making my own schedule. If with this blog, for example, I decide when to upload and I can even skip posts if I know I’ll be busy. So it will probably be difficult for me to jump back into a strict schedule.
Imitating an Extrovert
I mentioned in my last post that I was excited by the more social aspects of college, but that is also a double-edged sword (I love that cliché). I’m an introvert, so I’m terrified of trying to be more of an extrovert. Like talking to people I don’t know. Putting myself out there to make new friends. This is not me at all, so while I’ll looking forward to this aspect of college, I’m also terrified by it.
I also get exhausted dealing with people for long periods of time, so this is something I will have to overcome this semester.
Is there something you were or would be not excited about in college? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,