I know I normally write posts about travel, but I am first and foremost a college student. I feel at this point in my college career I have (at least a small amount) of advice to offer.
You will get lonely. It’s inevitable. Especially during your first few weeks in college you will be homesick and miss your family. Don’t worry, you will make friends who you can spend time with, but in the grand scheme of things this is probably the first time you have ever been “on your own”. Your friends will be busy sometimes, you won’t feel well sometimes and that’s part of the experience of college, you have to learn how to be comfortable by yourself.
You have to study. This is probably one that you have already been told, but I’m going to reiterate it. Whether you ignored this piece of advice the first time or you have now taken your first college exam and realized this for yourself, it is absolutely true. Just about everyone in high school can study the night or morning before an exam (or not at all) and still do pretty well, I hate to break it to you college is the opposite. You will have professors who give you study guides and those who don’t. You will have professors who make their entire exam short answer and those who make it multiple choice, either way studying is a necessity. Do yourself a favor and start learning how to study now!
You will probably gain weight. I know this one sounds superficial, but hear me out. I am not saying this because I necessarily think it is a bad thing, and it doesn’t happen to everyone, I am only saying this because it is a reality. Between transitioning from high school and living with your parents, to college and living on your own, stress from your course-load and not-so-healthy cafeteria food, gaining weight is just a reality. Again, it is not a bad thing. You want to try to find time to exercise and eat fairly balanced meals, but otherwise it is just a reality of college and not something to stress over.
You will want to quit. There has not been a college student alive who didn’t at some point want to give up. College is hard and it takes a lot of work. There will be times when you feel you can accomplish anything and times when you are overwhelmed. The good times will far outweigh the bad. That difficult test you studied for hours over and stressed about will make you a better student. That bad grade will teach you to keep moving. Call home, take a break and get back to it!