Would you say your feelings towards leaving home and heading to college look something like the picture below?
Don’t worry, I felt that way too. The day before I left for college I was so spaced out I almost got hit by a cab. I was also so spastic I accidentally collided into a store mannequin which I subsequently was not able to return to its original standing position. The weeks leading up to my departure were full of such occurrences, and even more full of to-do lists in my attempt to feel as prepared as possible.
Of course that attempt at preparation was futile, as no amount of preparation will be enough to fully comprehend a new stage of life. So, to all incoming freshman and to past me I have one thing to say: DON’T WORRY. Enjoy summer, and relax. You certainly will have more than enough to do come September. Like all transitions, acclimating to college takes time, and I was not exempt from that rule. You won’t be either. Speaking as a rising senior, though, I can tell you that everything will be okay.
More than okay, it will be wonderful. You’ll be at Reed.