Hello Maggie! I'm starting my first year of college soon (tomorrow, to be exact), and despite my best efforts to be as confidently independent and badass as Blue, I am ridiculously nervous. I think I'm supposed to feel more mature now that I'm living a 4-hour plane ride away from home, but frankly I feel more insecure than I did even in middle school. Do you have any advice about big life changes like this?
College is great because you can reinvent yourself without an ounce of what you were previously.
College is terrible because you can reinvent yourself without an ounce of what you were previously.
There aren’t a lot of hard Once Upon a Time beginnings in life, but traveling to a school where no one knows you is one of them. The nerves make sense, and honestly, they’re a good thing — the burn is how you know life is working — and the only part about them you need to remember is to not let them keep you from making interesting decisions.
Otherwise, build yourself new into whoever you’ve always wanted to be, and people will believe that is how you’ve always been. I was a neurotic, phobic teen and when I went to college, I mashed the accelerator to the floor with a brick and rode on the roof of life, and everyone kind of assumed I’d always been that way.
You don’t have to get into it with the law as often as I did, but otherwise, go wild.