One of the biggest changes in a person’s life occurs the day he or she graduates from high school. From that day forward, this person has to decide how to proceed in their life, whether that be college, the military, or a job. This person has to be ready to change their lifestyle and prepare themselves to journey through life as an independent.
After high school, I decided to pick the most popular route and attend college. The college I decided to attend was five hours from my hometown, so I knew that I would not be able to go home whenever I wanted to. I picked a college that was a moderate distance from home because I wanted to be independent. I don't want to go running to my parents whenever there was a problem. No one from my high school had ever attended the college I chose, so I knew that the moment my parents left me at college, I would be on my own.
In high school, the majority of us rely on our parents to take care of us, and this leads to many of us not being ready for college. I remember looking up how to work a laundry machine on my phone the first week. Laundry was not my chore to do at home. I also struggled at having to buy groceries for my room and having to take care of myself. Within the first few weeks, I grew homesick, and wished I could just go back home and return to the days of having someone taking care of me.
This feeling lasted for a week or two until I realized that my main problem was that I was not accepting change. I was trying to deny that I was growing up and this led to me wanting to relive my glory days in high school. As soon as I started to embrace change, I found myself growing more independent and started to enjoy college a lot more.
When I see a person that is homesick, it's because that person hasn't accepted change. In life, various changes are going to occur. It is important to be ready for change so that when it comes it will be easier to embrace it. Change can be scary, but it can lead to beneficial consequences. Since beginning college, I have not only noticed a change in my lifestyle, but I have noticed a change within myself. Due to experiences at college, I have noticed that I have become more outgoing and independent.
In the past, I would usually ask my parents for advice when making a decision, but now I rarely ask for their help. I’m not saying that I have completely abandoned my parents, I still talk to them every day actually, but I now am able to take care of myself. Academics is important in college, but I think the most important aspect of college is being able to grow up as person.
Zach Wyatt lives in Binghamton, New York, but is currently attending Saint Vincent College and is majoring in accounting. He is a current member of the Saint Vincent College golf team. In High School he was president of ski club, a two year captain of the varsity golf team, and a one captain of the varsity tennis team.