by Julia Borst
As of July 18th, we incoming freshmen are officially one month away from the big day -- August 18th, the day that we move in on campus. The last month before we leave is a very exciting time, and for some, I'm sure, a nerve-racking time, too. For most people, it's probably a mix between the two, hopefully with more of an emphasis on exciting than on nerve-racking.
I'm mostly excited about moving on campus. Sure, I'm a little bit nervous, but that's completely normal when you're leaving home to live somewhere else for the first time. But really, when you think about it, there's nothing really to worry about. If you're afraid that you're going to miss your family, you can always send them a quick text to stay in touch or call them. Or, if you don't have a phone, your room has a landline, so you can call home whenever you want.
As for living on your own, you are going to be surrounded by people -- by a staff that wants to help you and make you comfortable, and by other students who are probably experiencing something similar to what you're experiencing. I have a hard time believing that you will be left alone long enough for you to really be lonely. Chances are, you'll be so busy during orientation that you won't even have time to think about being homesick. (It's true! Look at all you'll be doing!)