With the first day of school looming around or just passing us, I'd like to do a prompt dedicated to your first day. What was your favorite first day? Fifth grade, college, high school? Describe what it meant to you.
Anyone's college experience is something to be treasured. The first day of college for me was also the first day that I was truly on my own for the first time ever.
Coming from a very small town where everyone knows everyone, and there isn't much diversity, I was a bit intimidated when it came time for me to expand my horizons. I had a serious boyfriend who wasn't coming with me and I was scared of being alone.
I was scared about all the change that was happening around me. At eighteen, I didn't know myself, I didn't know what I really wanted in life and that first year of college shaped who I am.
I remember move in day like it was yesterday. My aunt went to the same college as I was and I got the same exact dorm that she stayed in. It was the smallest dorm on campus, only two floors of students--a boy and girls' floor. But it was perfect for me.
Looking back, my friends and I always say that our dorm was the band of misfits because we were all crazy, and strange, and at the same time, we meshed. My best friend, Sarah lived in the dorm room next to me and my now husband, lived on the floor above me.
But again, I digress.
The first day my mother and boyfriend at the time drove me to school. The car was packed solid with a tv, my many bags of clothes, the posters for the walls and other useless crap I can honestly say I never used. I mean, how many gluesticks does an eighteen year old actually use?
We got there and I remember experiencing anxiety for the first time. I thought I was going to throw up and now I know it was just because I was nervous. We pulled in to the campus and all these students were bustling around, carting their large bags around.
We got right to business, unloading my things and loading them into my new home. It's crazy how in just a second of being in a place, it becomes your home. I had never experienced moving before and the feeling smacked me right in the face--hard.
When it was time for my mom and boyfriend to leave, I just cried. I couldn't handle it. I thought they were ditching me and they'd never come back. I knew that my life was changing and I could do nothing about it.
Then I wiped the tears and went back into the room where my new roommate was. Luckily, we hit it off. We walked to the orientation together and sat together. We went to the dining hall together, and sat at a table together. We both knew that we only had the other and it was comforting in a way.
Before I knew it, my life was moving in full swing and everything, yes, everything about me changed. I was able to be free and experience things I only dreamed of. I found myself in that first year of school.
That first day of college changed my life forever. It opened the door to find my best friend and my husband. It was the best experience of my entire life. I will never forget that first day because it propelled everything else that has happened after.
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