calling a foreign place “home”

Moving means a fresh start. This is how many people view it, and I was no exception. I was excited for the large changes that I would face when going off to college. I looked forward to how I would decorate my dorm, and how I would organize my shower caddy, and color schemes, and what I would pack and all of those small things that college students look forward to. My situation was a little different because I was moving so far from home. I flew to college with my parents, so I had to pack everything into suitcases, which meant lots of coordination in advance. I had prepared for months and planned all of the things I would take and before I knew it, it was time to leave. I left my family and friends and came to a place that was so foreign. I knew no one and was in a place that wasn’t familiar whatsoever. I had a lot of learning to do.

The thing that was most important for me to adjust properly was a room that was homey and made me smile every time I walked in (since I knew I’d be spending a lot of time in it). I made sure to include special pieces from home and have similar components to my room I grew up in to make the transition easier. It is a perfect room; full of happiness and makes me really enjoy living in it.

I figured I’d insert a few pics of my room so you could get a feel for my happy place:

Coming to a school all the way across the country was not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but now that I’m entering my sophomore year, I’m so glad I made this decision. I realized that, yes, my room made me happy, but once that excitement over the newness ended, I had met friends that made me truly feel at home. I am so thankful that I met such amazing girls that helped me during the times I was lost on campus, needed a dinner date, or just needed a Friday movie night. It’s such a great feeling to come somewhere so foreign and make it your new home, and love every second of your time there. Since I know a lot of people are going off to college, or just moving to a new city or place, I hope this provides a little motivation that you CAN make anywhere your home- just take that leap of faith because great things will come from it.

xo,

Anna

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