The truth about moving somewhere new

Everyone’s ecstatic for you- a little sad, but mostly proud of you for making a big decision and venturing to a new place that you will soon call home.

I’ve been here for about a week. I honestly thought I would miss home like crazy and cry my eyes out every day. But I don’t. This place has quickly become the place I would like to call home forever. Well my second home, that is. Who knows where I will end up when I graduate. But anyways, thats besides the point. Moving to a new school in a new city and by yourself can be pretty nerve wracking. Your mind is running at about 2000 mph and you just wonder to yourself, will i have friends? what if I don’t fit in? what if I get lost? what happens if I don’t succeed? what if my classes are hard? These are just a few of the things that went through my mind as I made the glorious 5 hour drive to good ole Lubbock, Texas. You know, a lot of people told me I wouldn’t like it here. Some people told me it was boring, some people said it was “too hick”, but I happen to think its absolutely perfect for me. It’s not a very big town but seems enormous thanks to everything here being built around Texas Tech. Not to mention, this campus is HUGE. When I make a mad dash for my 11am on MWF, I kinda feel like I am running a marathon. (thats because my 10am is about a 16 minute walk away and your girl only has 10 minutes to get there) Lets just say its going to take a little bit to get used to this campus. I used to wake up at 7:50 for my 8am and get there with two minutes to spare. If I tried that now, lets just say that 10 minute walk would turn into a 4 minute sprint and me wearing my pajamas 🙂

Needless to say, I love this place, and I love this school. Transitioning is hard but everyone here has made it really easy and smooth. I have only been here a week and I have met so many amazing people. I didn’t really know what to expect since all of these people had a whole semester to get to know each other. But luckily I got matched with the best roommate in the whole world. I mean seriously guys, she’s absolutely precious. I have never felt more welcomed at a new place. I had no idea what to expect, but this has been the best move in a long time.

The actual learning part of college has been great too. I am currently enrolled in 17 hours and an online class. That’s kind of a lot to put on myself as a freshman at a new school, but I’m not worried considering one of those classes is Yoga. My instructor said we will have meditation days where we can just come into class and sleep. When he said that, the exact thought that went through my head was, “so you’re saying… I come into class and sleep… and get credit for it? umm BOOYAH!!”. No joke, I almost said it out loud. But it was the first day, so I figured lets not be rambunctious the first time this guy meets me. All of my professors have been amazing. They are all so unique in their own ways and it makes me excited to go to class and learn. I could not have asked for better.

Texas Tech has welcomed me and I am thrilled to finish out my undergraduate here. I love this place and its truly a blessing that I have the found the school that is just right for me. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I know it’s a little scatterbrained.. but that’s because I am scatterbrained. (I’m also running on 4 cups of coffee)

Moving. It’s hard, it’s lonely, and you’ll probably eat a lot of ramen. But once you’re settled in, and for sure its the place for you. It feels like home in no time 🙂

xoxo, laurel

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