Being the only person from my high school/area going to IU was, at first, exhilarating. Then I thought about the fact that I would know absolutely no one...it became a bit more terrifying then and I started thinking, worrying about these five things which I later found false.
1.) I'm going to be the only one who doesn't know anyone. WRONG. IU has many out of state students and in reality nearly all the freshman are in the same boat when they move into their dorm--they don't know their roommate, they want to make friends ASAP, and they want to have fun. My first day at he dorm I met someone else who was the only person from their high school: problem solved.
2.) I'm going to get lost. Okay, so this one is pretty true, but there is nothing to worry about. The first few days of class there are IU Guides with tables set up to help you get to you classes. The best way to battle this fear is to go out on Saturday or Sunday before the first day of classes and walk your schedule. Make sure you have enough time, or find a way to make it, to your classes with enough time to find the room.
3.) Classes will be so different and difficult that I'm going to struggle. RELAX. Yes classes will be different in the sense that you don't have to ask to go to the bathroom usually and the size of the classroom may be bigger, just find some friends and never hesitate to ask for help! Just like high school you take notes, you read, you study, and you take tests. Relax, breathe and try your best :)
4.) The food will be gross and I will definitely gain the "Freshman Fifteen". FALSE. you hear so many stories about bad cafeteria food at universities, this is not true! There are many options at IU for food choices including foods from other cultures so branch out. As for gaining the dreaded "freshman fifteen" just be smart about your food choices and put the SRSC to good use! There are great group classes and the training rooms up the stairs are great ways to keep in good shape. If you want some professional help, two sessions with a nutritionist are free as IU students.
5.) Classes will be boring--I'll have no one to talk to. DEPENDS. Sure, if you don't try to make friends then it will be pretty hard to make sitting through classes anything more than note-taking. Don't be afraid to talk to someone. People, I have found, are generally willing to engage in conversation. I read or heard somewhere to find someone who looks just about as nervous as you and go talk to them.
Until next time,