3 Things I Wasn’t Anticipating in College

Choosing a college to attend seems like such a magical thought when you’re a senior in high school.  Moving out of your parent’s house and into the adult world seems like a dream that’s finally coming true.  For the most part, living on your own can be a great thing.  However, there are a few key ideas that I didn’t expect to consider.

The Highs and Lows of Weather

I transferred to UC Davis from a community college for my last two years in college.  My hometown can be fairly hot in the summer time, and when I say “fairly” I mean it’s manageable as long as you’re in an air-conditioned building.  I always drove to my community college classes, but at UC Davis you’re primarily riding a bike to all of them.  This would be completely fine; except for the slight detail of how hot and cold it can be in Davis.

In the summer time you can expect temperatures as high as 100 degrees and low as 35 degrees.  Riding your bike when it’s summer can be pretty dreadful experience.  Sweating profusely just once will convince you to wear shorts instead of jeans next time.

In winter you can anticipate rain, and lots of it in Davis.  Riding a bike can also soak you if you choose to do this, so finding another form of transportation like a bus system that will take you to campus is a must.

Remember to figure out what the conditions are like in the area you plan to move to, and what is the normal transportation there you’re expected to use.  You can be surprised at how well, or not well, it meshes with your routine.

Money Issues

Before I moved my mother did most of the grocery shopping for our house and I never really thought this would be a big deal to me when I first moved into my apartment.  How hard could buying food be? Well, I was surprised to find out it was much harder than I was anticipating.

Watch what you buying, and make sure you can make a few meals out of it at least.  If not, you’re probably wasting a lot of your money on food that can only be described as “snacks” or unhealthy items.  Even though your parents aren’t there monitoring your food intake, try to eat as healthy as you possibly can.

Also, don’t buy unnecessary items.  That shopping trip or tickets to a baseball game you’re just dying to go to can wait.  Save your money for the necessary items like food and gas for your car if needed.

Never-Ending Assignments

During high school, and even my first two years at community college, I could get by without reading the material like my textbooks.  I learned the hard way that at a university this is not something you can do and expect to still get decent grades.

When a professor assigns you either reading or an assignment DO IT.  If it’s reading, then you should anticipate being tested on it.  If it’s an assignment then definitely do it.  All those points will add up, and if you’re having a bad day and miss a few questions on an exam than those assignment points will help balance out your grade.

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.