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My life changed totally as I moved from high school to college. It was totally different from the high school experience I was used to. From change in class work in relation to change of subjects to the home life I was used to. To say the least, the experience I had was an eye opener in many ways.

The longest time I had ever lived away from home was a two week seminar I had attended in Minnesota during science congress and so was not accustomed to living on my own. I had no good experience living on my own. I was used to getting instruction from my parents, and now? I had my own space and all the freedom in the world. This made me feel overwhelmed. I felt lonely as I knew no one and so I was homesick most of the first weeks. To be frank, I struggled to heal my homesick problem as I could not find the peace of my heart I felt I missed; from my parents, siblings and my neighborhood. For the first two months I used to call home every day and this made me miss my parents the more. It hurt more when they said, "Victor, the house feels so empty without you."

College classes were also different from high school ones, the 'new courses' seemed to be more difficult the high school ones. I realized that all my homework was meant to be done outside class and that it was up to me to get to the library and do the necessary assignments. Here in college, I also had to get used to continuous assessment tests unlike in high school. This is a big burden but I must say that I had to put more effort and I can see the fruits. My first semester as a college student meant that I had to adapt to a totally new style of learning.  

The decision to go away to college was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It made me grow up from my 'parents nest' and explore the world outside my home. I learned to stay on my own, met and made faraway friends and above all acquire knowledge that I am looking forward to start my career on. It set the pace for me to start adapting to different situations for the rest of my life. Am really grateful not only to my parents for taking to college but also to my lecturers for imparting knowledge and making me understand the world around me.

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