Entering freshman year of college will be one of the most emotionally draining experiences of your young life.  

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Following your high school graduation you'll feel on top of the world.  College is a distant vision of a magical world that you've only seen on shows like Blue Mountain State and movies like Animal House. 

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August rolls around and college becomes more than a far-off fantasy. The nerves kick in.

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Arriving on campus for orientation is one of the most overwhelming feelings you will have experienced. It’s a time when you wish it was still normal to hold your mom’s hand…

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 your parents leave and you have the dark and ominous realization that you've just been dropped in a strange place with no friends.

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After pretending to be normal for long enough, you make your first friend! It is a feeling of pure accomplishment.  

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Right as the shock of being at college begins to fade, classes begin.

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But then the weekends starts, and you remember you’re at college beginning the “best years of your life.”  

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Contact buzz writer Lucy Nalen at Lucy.nalen@richmond.edu. 

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