Sloane Applebaum

Saying Goodbye

It seems like just yesterday I was staring at a blank Word document, scouring my brain for one-of-a-kind Common App essay ideas that would get me into the colleges I had always dreamt about. 23 drafts, 10 applications, 7 college visits, and 1 decision later, the time has come to say goodbye to the life I have always known and move on to college. Exactly one week from today is my official move-in day, and I could not be more excited. Finally, I'll be taking classes I chose, studying topics I am passionate about, and making a new, independent life for myself. But, I can't help but be a little nervous. How will I know who I should be friends with? What if my classes are more difficult than I expect? How will I deal with the transition from life at home to life on my own?

I know 99.9% of incoming freshman are experiencing the same feelings. It's certainly scary leaving the life you've always known. I've been away from home every summer for the past 8 years, so I'm used to that lifestyle. But something about going to college just seems more permanent. It's like the transition from childhood into adulthood, and it happens really quickly! I can't help but feel sad knowing that tomorrow night will be the last time for a while that I'll be able to eat Shrimp Pad Thai at my favorite restaurant, Blossom. Or that tonight will be my last closing shift at my job. Saying goodbye to the people and places I've become so familiar with has not been easy. But I know that an amazing experience filled with incredible opportunities lies ahead of me. Every time I tell someone I'm about to begin my four years at college, I get the same advice: "Enjoy every minute of it,. These are going to be the best for years of your life, and they are going to fly by."

So, I'm taking this advice very seriously. To my readers entering their senior year of high school, have a great year and enjoy it, because you don't realize how different life is going to be after high school. To my fellow pre-freshman, don't wish time away, don't miss out on an amazing opportunity, and try not to gain the freshman 15. And to everyone else, have an amazing school year! This post has absolutely nothing to do with fashion or style, but I felt it was necessary to express my feelings as I transition to the next chapter of my life. I'm hoping to make some amazing friendships and memories in the next four years, expand my website, learn A LOT, and try new things! And now, I'll conclude with a profound and thoughtful quote from everyone's favorite Cornelian, Andy Bernard, who once said: "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them."

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