Baby Steps to Milestones

Writer: Kyle Pearson

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        Moving away from home can be a big relief or an even bigger headache. Whether you move five minutes away from home or five miles, you will have to adjust to some major changes in your new environment. What most people fail to realize is even though you are living on your own, you may not be an adult just yet, especially if you are moving onto a college campus. There are so many things one must learn to efficiently live on their own. As a new adult in the world, you are at a disadvantage due to this lack of knowledge and experience. Overtime, one will learn these skills to successfully thrive on your own ㄧ you may even know some now. People who are new to living on their own are at a higher risk for mental health issues and an even bigger physical change like the freshman fifteen. There is no need to worry because there are some simple words of advice that can help ease this transition.


  1. Leave nothing unsaid

Homesickness is one of the biggest things someone fresh away from home will have to face. It affects everyone differently depending on your background, but it is recommended to leave home on a clean slate. Before moving away leave nothing unsaid, let your friends and family know what they mean to you and resolve any issues that may still be lingering away. Any unresolved issues will be carried with you and may multiply any stress you may be feeling.

  1. Bring home with you

Another way to eliminate homesickness is to bring a piece of home with you. Pictures or old mementos can really help you in a time where the stress can seem overwhelming. However, you don’t want to have too many old memories taking up your new space, so be selective with what you bring. Stick to items with great sentimental value. One thing to always remember is to call home often. There is a strong chance that your parents are missing you just as much as you may be missing them.

  1. Get involved

When moving to a new area, you are going to find yourself with a lack of things to do. One way to gather a sense of purpose in your new home is to become involved in local organizations. No matter where you move there will be tons of organizations looking for new people to join, especially on a college campus. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things this is the prime time for self-growth.

  1. Chase what you love

Most people going to college for their first year change their major. There is nothing wrong with it, but don’t abandon your dreams. As a new young adult, you have the whole world at your fingertips, so follow your heart and do what makes you happy. When you find yourself chasing the dream, don’t close yourself off to learn new things. You are going to be exposed to different situations and environments, so soak it all in and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

You will find a lot of people who will try to sugarcoat the transition into living on your own, but this is a tough period of life. Know that you are not alone, and there are so many resources at your disposal to help ease you into the word. You will be at your most vulnerable, but so will most people around you. There is never anything wrong with asking for help, so never feel that there is a sacrifice of pride in “not knowing.” This is your clean slate, so make the best of it and create the world you want for yourself.