As a senior in high school, to me the idea of college sounded good because everyone else talked about it. College sports were all I watched when it came to athletics. I knew that I should go but did not understand why. I had questions—the first was always, “How do I pay for it?”
Adjusting to college is hard. Unfortunately—and fortunately—I had to navigate the college environment as I went. Feeling that you have to "fake like you belong" is an empty feeling. I attended two community colleges and took a two-year break before I figured out why the environment of a college campus was beneficial for me. Transferring to a university out of state posed a different set of challenges but I was ready to handle them because I knew I wanted to be there to create more value for my family and myself.
When you don’t have a blueprint available, navigating college life becomes twice as discouraging. However, I found that all I needed was one person to understand what I was going through. It helps to know that I was not alone, and am still not alone, in my pursuit.
My encouragement would be to find that person or people you can relate to and form a network of support. It is amazing how far you can go and the individuals you can meet along the way!