IS COLLEGE GOING TO SOLVE ALL MY PROBLEMS?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Answer: No.



I have to keep telling myself this as my move-in date draws closer and closer. Because I had a slightly less-than-ideal experience in high school, I often like to pin hopes on things that will happen in the future. One of these things has, most consistently, been college.


You cannot deny that college is a big change in anyone’s life. I’m moving two hours away from home, don’t plan on seeing my family from September, when I move in, until November, at Thanksgiving break. I have to plan out my own finances, food, classes, homework, and extracurriculars. I have to do my own laundry, reach out and meet new people, find a church, and generally just figure out what my life looks like apart from my parents. I’ve always been a pretty independent person, so I’m excited to do all of it--to move past just what I know into the realm of adulthood--and a lot of times, I imagine it to be this idyllic stage of discovery and reinvention.


And the thing is, while my transition period into college life may bear some semblance to that idea, it’s not going to be everything I want it to be. If I put my hope in it, I’ll ultimately be disappointed. College is just the next stage of life, not a time where everything just magically falls into place. Academically, it’s hard; people are hard; dreams are hard to reach, and goals are hard to meet.


I’m trying not to put all of my eggs into one basket, and every time I’m tempted to do so, I have to remind myself that

  1. College is a stage of life, just like high school was, and
  2. Ultimately, my hope comes from God, and His plan for my life is bigger than anything. I just need to trust Him.

16 comments

  1. I feel this so much! I also put a lot of hope in starting university after high school and had to keep reminding myself that what I was looking for can only come from God. I'm so excited for you to be heading off though! :)

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  2. Love your new photo on the sidebar!! <3
    This was a super interesting post. I really enjoyed reading it!! Good luck at college!! <3 <3

    Sophy of SophysLighthouse.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this, Rachel. Especially your last two points--yes, yes, YES. Even though I'm not going into college yet, it's so true and something I need to always keep in mind. <33

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  4. I'm just starting to look into applying to college and honestly this is something that I struggle with even now-- there's always this rational that "college" is coherently better and that "life changing moments" will happen, and I suppose in their own right that's true, but it is just a stage and transition. Simple as that.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. we put so much hope in college when really it's just another phase in life! way to keep perspective :)

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  5. You are going to do so great! I am excited to read about how college goes for you! Everyone is joining me and going to college! I feel so proud of all my blogger friends! <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Vanessa! I'm super excited :):)

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  6. This is really interesting! For my last two years of high school (which I didn't hate, but really didn't love either) I had this mantra which was like 'I will go to university and I will be happy', when it obviously isn't that simple. But I'm going to start university soon, and I know I will get homesick, and will have to actually put in an effort to make friends, and will be busy and stressed (unlike right now haha). This is a really good thing to remember <3
    Shar @ Daylight Differentials

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    1. Awesome, glad you came to the same conclusion! Thanks for reading, Shar!

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