18 Stages of Fear You Go Through Before Starting University
After school, we’re all craving the start of university. We feel older, invincible and as if everything will be just fine from now on.
However, as the summer months go by and the start-day approaches, our minds become haunted by scary thoughts and feelings. These are more commonly known as fears.
Panic level: hysterical.
1. How on earth are you going to make all your stuff fit in that suitcase of yours?
You don’t want to leave anything behind. Everything feels like home.
2. You’re scared of getting homesick and willing to run back home.
You’ve spent years planning the day you would finally leave your parents and now you just want to grow old with them.
3. What if you get lost in that new, massive and strange city?
And you don’t know anyone.
4. You don’t just worry for your academic life, but also for the fate of your social life.
5. And living alone will only make everything harder.
6. Nostalgia hits as you remember your old, idyllic life.
7. And then you realise that freedom actually means loneliness.
8. Have you made the right decision?
9. You start thinking you might not be cut out for university.
And that you might be better off selling hot dogs.
10. The “What if I fail?” question turns out to be your self-fulfilling prophecy.
11. And at the same time you don’t want to let down your parents.
12. Multitasking and organisation are going to be extremely challenging.
13. Independence is so stressful and overwhelming.
So 90% of you is now made up of hysteria.
14. But the major question is: “Will this course provide you with a job when you finish?”
15. Time never was an issue for you, but now your whole life depends on each second.
16. Money, though, is your greatest concern.
17. You hope that you’ll be less terrified once it all starts.
18. However, sooner or later you will realise that everyone is in the same boat and it’s not scary after all.