I remember when I first started college, I felt a lot like you did. I went to school out of state where I didn't know a single person. The entire time I was moving in with my parents I felt sick to my stomach and wouldn't eat a thing. Thankfully my parents stayed the night and I was able to do my orientation and see them afterwards. I cried so hard when I had to say goodbye to them. For about a week I was not eating as much and could hardly keep it together when I spoke to them on the phone. I would walk to my classes thinking to myself, I should have done community college so I could stay at home a little longer. But as time went on and I was developing friendships, everything got better. You have to have faith in yourself, and know that the feeling of dread won't last forever. Things got better for me after I developed a routine. It isn't perfect though. Every year moving in was difficult for me, I always cried when they left, but I knew that I was going to be okay. I still get sad because there are times when I want to be home. For you, home is only 6 hours away and you are sure to get to visit every once in a while and for special holidays. For me, it's a 6 hour flight and a $600 plane ticket. I think it would be good for you during this time at home to talk to someone about how to manage your anxiety. Also keep the communication open with your parents. Let them know how you are feeling so that they can be helpful for you as well. Also remember that college students around the world are going through what you are going through. You are not the first one to be overwhelmed by it and you are most definitely not alone. In my fourth year at college I still get overwhelmed by these feelings, although definitely not like that very first week my freshman year. You'll be able to get through this if it is what you really are striving for. Know you'll have you ups and downs, your good days and bad days. Find things to keep you distracted when you are feeling overwhelmed. Going away for school has made me just that much stronger, and I am positive that it can do that for you too. Good luck with school! Don't let anxiety rule your life. I have a feeling that you'll be able to overcome this!View Thread
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