As I packed my bags to move from Ithaca College to Hamilton, New Jersey, for my first big girl job, I had no idea how abruptly my life would change.
It’s that strange feeling of missing something before you even lose it.From being surrounded by my peers, to living in a random sleepy town, where I knew absolutely no one. My sister lived in Boston, I’d be three hours from home (instead of eight), and I assumed that making friends in a city would be about 1000x easier than before. I blamed the city, instead of realizing that I alone had the power to meet people.From constant coffee dates, girls nights, weekend shenanigans, and parties, to a continuous loop of going to work, then gym, then home. Working at Handlebar Cafe, I’ve learned so much about myself and how important relationships are to my happiness, even as an introvert.Your entire ecosystem revolves around you and kids your age.Staying close to your friends and making new ones is a natural part of life.While kids and teenagers envision a place where they can run wild and free, adults look back at it as a valuable experience where they learned the necessary lessons to prepare for life. Dating has its own misconceptions, and dating in college gets even crazier.