Thankfully, I am in my second opportunity of attending school away from home. Was this a hard decision? Of course. Leaving my family, friends and connections for a brand new city where nobody knows me.
That's the beauty of moving. Nobody knows you. You can set out to be whoever you aspire to without any judgment or opinions. Don't get me wrong, if I could do my schooling in the Kootenays I would, but my programs aren't offered rurally. Living at home for school would be a heck of a lot cheaper so if you get the opportunity to do so, I think you should take it.
I recently asked on my Instagram page what others would like to see for topics on this blog and one of them was "How to deal with moving away for school". So I thought I would offer some tips that can help my peers when making these decisions and encourage them to flourish away from their family.
Some of you may be in a difficult time right now trying to adjust to this new setting. Take some deep breaths! New experiences help us grow.
The first time I moved, was to Penticton for Okanagan College. I went with my best friend, Rachel, and we had a blast. Although, I don't believe I was prepared for what was upcoming.
I was eager to save money, get healthy and do well in my academics but we all know that doesn't always work out for us. I experienced a lot of anxiety throughout this first year of being away from the people I have spent the last 19 years with. Here are some tips on how I dealt with it.
We cannot forget the importance of taking care of our bodies. Each aspect (mental, physical, emotional, social) is necessary to observe to see how our holistic body is functioning.
School can bring on many mixed feelings. Recognize what you are feeling and what you can do it make that feeling more positive. Is it less judgment? Less complaining? Less comparing?
We all need love and support when it comes to migrating to a new place. Whether you do this alone or not, remember your reason for moving. Imagine if you did not take the opportunity to move, where would you be now? Exploring and creating is an exciting part of being young and should always be encouraged.