In just over a month, I’m going to be starting university, which I’m really excited for. It’s going to be really different from my high school, both socially and academically, which makes me look forward to it even more. Here’s five things that I’m looking forward to at university that will be different from my high school:
I spent thirteen years at an all-girls school. Where my extra curricular activities over those thirteen years consisted of doing ballet, drama, jazz and netball, where — just to clarify — there were no boys to be seen. There was a formal dancing class in ninth grade with boys, but that consisted of the girls getting all dressed up and the boys and the girls standing on opposite sides of the room, unless forced together by the instructor. There were also school dances with boys, but you didn’t go to those unless you fancied watching 60 teenagers make out like one big Seven Minutes in Heaven party. Or, you were 13 and still thought those sorts of things were cool. Basically, what I’m trying to say is, I’m looking forward to interacting with boys in a non-forced, non-creepy, non-fluorescent lit room with 13 year olds flirting awkwardly.
2. Lax Dress Code
I can wear pajamas to class! Not that I will, but it’s nice to have the option. No more having to make sure all my clothes on Free Dress Day matched the Free Dress Day theme or color (yes, we had set themes). No more making sure my sleeves weren’t too short or more shoes were enclosed or that I wasn’t wearing any jewlery whatsoever.
3. No One Cares If I Don’t Go To Class
Speaking of class, no one is going to ring my parents and tattle on me if I don’t go! It’s a liberating feeling knowing that absolutely no one cares if you do or don’t turn up.
4. Getting to Pick Subjects
No more subjects that I don’t care about (math, religion, and social and emotional learning, I’m looking at you)! I’m going to be studying whatever I want, and that’s something I’m really excited about.
5. Way More Extracurricular Activities
I’m not particularly athletic or musical, but my school is. They don’t have much in the way of non-athletic or musical extracurricular activities. After a few years of netball, playing the clarinet, violin and recorder, I gave up and spent my extracurricular time dreaming of a day they would start a school newspaper. Now at my new school there’s over a hundred extra curricular activities for me to choose from — including Quidditch!
What did you most look forward to when leaving high school?