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The Best Thing About College (So Far) - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would tell you guys what the best thing about college is so far. As some of you might know, I just finished high school and I’m currently at the University of Toronto and I’m studying English, Cinema Studies, and Drama. I also recently published a blog post titled “The Hardest Thing About College (So Far)” and in that post, I basically just talked about how I’m finding college lectures really difficult to sit through just because I’m not used to just sitting still and listening to a teacher talk for two to three hours, without me doing any sort of activity or asking the teacher questions, since I always prefer classes to be interactive because I think I learn better that way. I also talked about other challenges like homesickness, which I think I will talk about more in another blog post, and I’m also finding eating healthy and some other things somewhat challenging, but overall I’m having a great time here. My courses, despite being somewhat exhausting and very long, are definitely interesting and it’s honestly a dream for me to be able to study what I want to study for the first time in my life, and to not have to study subjects like math or biology that I was unfortunately forced to study all throughout my middle school and high school experience. Therefore, for today’s blog post I’m going to be talking about the best thing about college so far and what I like about college. I hope all of you enjoy, and if you’re in college right now then make sure to let me know what you’re enjoying most about college currently. Without further ado, let’s get started!

So, I think that something really nice about college is the independence that I have. For eighteen years, we’re definitely used to just having our parents do everything for us, but in college I’m the one who’s making my own decisions and I really love being in control of my own life. I’ll admit that I haven’t gotten it all figured out yet, especially because I’ve only been here for a month, but for example when I lived in Geneva with my mom, she would always make appointments for me to go get my eyebrows done, and she would be the one who would talk on the phone to make them, but just last week I had to find a spa near me and I had to make my own appointment and tell them what I wanted to get done. I know it sounds weird, but I loved the control I had and it made me feel so independent. Likewise, I’m used to my parents kind of driving me around everywhere, especially because I will say that my parents spoiled me growing up and they would be the kind of parents who would literally drive me anywhere I wanted no matter what time or day it was, but now I have to Uber to different places or I have to use Google Maps to figure out where my classes are to get to places, and I actually prefer it because it makes me feel more grown up and I like how I’m relying on myself to get to places rather than somebody else. However, I have to say that what I like most about college is the amount of free time I have. Don’t get me wrong, I do have work and readings to do every week, but it’s nothing compared to what I had in high school. As I’m sure most of you know, when I was in high school I unfortunately went through two years of hell doing the IB and because it was so intensive and that I constantly had so many tests and essays due, college feels like a holiday. Moreover, like I said before, I’m studying what I want to study in college so it doesn’t feel like work since I actually want to do the assignments. Also, high school is much more of a rigid in schedule, in which you wake up at 7:00am and then come back at 17:00pm, and in some ways it’s a lot more tough. In college, however, I wake up by 10:00am/11:00am on most days so I get to sleep and I also have much more time to work on this website and write my screenplays, which I am so grateful for.

There we go! What I wrote above are just some things that I really like about college, and if you’re going to be entering college soon then I hope what I wrote is able to excite you and make you look forward to college. Even though it’s very easy to want to stay in your hometown and see the same faces everyday since it creates a place of comfort, I do think it’s important to move to another city and meet new people because then you’re expanding your comfort zone and you’re trying out new things. Likewise, I think it’s so important to go to to school and study what you’re actually interested in. If you’re not interested in what you’re studying, then you won’t be putting in much effort into your studies and you won’t end up doing well in your classes (me in high school lol) so for me it feels so amazing to know that I’m never going to pick up another Biology textbook again in my life, and that I can finally focus on where my passion lies. Overall, I will say that the beginning of college is a little bit difficult since it’s a new environment and you’re going to be missing your friends from back home. I lived in Geneva for ten years, and I honestly still consider my year group to be “my main people” and not being in Geneva almost feels like a part of me is missing, but I’m sure that once a few more months pass by, I’ll be calling Toronto my home and I’ll feel like I truly belong here. I’m really excited for what the future holds, and I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated.

Shreya Sachdev