I have talked a bit about being a commuter, and the process Ive gone through with transferring. I will link those posts below, but today I wanted to sit down and talk about the university level of this whole commuter thing. Because University is so different from community college just as community college is much different than high school. As humans we are constantly taking steps, in all directions, sometime up, sometimes down, sometimes you're stuck on landing that seems to never lead anywhere. And yet one day you're circling the parking garage of a university you know very little about and you're in full on panic mode that you're going to be late for your first class. But you are here none the less. You took the steps even though the took forever to get you there.
First day at a university started with no parking, no parking pass, paying meters, walking miles around campus, eating alone in my car, and being utterly overwhelmed by the size and fast pace of the University level. As Im climbing four flights of stares I contemplate well paying jobs I can get without a college degree. I was missing my small 5 building school, and places I knew I could eat, and places to explore between classes and being completely comfortable and rather alone when I wanted to be.
Let me back up a bit.
Freshman year, at a community college. All of the exact same thoughts were circling my head. The size, the professors, the parking, the degree-less jobs I could get, missing how easy highschool was and so on. By the end of only two years I was so much more comfortable, knew the city like the back of my hand as well as the campus. I was confident because I didn't feel like a tiny fish in a big pond anymore. So as I would go to classes completely overwhelmed, and overthinking with my mind racing I reminded myself how comfortable I learned to be after hating college in general when I first started.
And now, Well now I couldn't be happier I chose to do community college. It was the perfect stepping stone, despite some little transfer issues (Talk to counselors, follow your transfer guide, and yes you can handle a full class load. Better stressed now than being in school for 7 years because You only took 3 classes one semester), Things when smoothly and God led me down the path he wanted for me. It took me a few weeks to sit back straight again, figure out what I wanted to write about and move on from the original shell shock. Now Im not saying Its stress free after a month but I am more comfortable ad relaxed than I was the first two days and I couldn't ask for anything more.
So things will get better, they may get worse before they get better, but it will get better.
P.S. If you are looking for any of my other posts related to college go over to the ride side bar of my website, and select the "College" Topic to get all my posts talking about school.!