September 16, 2013 - submitted by Carla, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle,
I will start College soon (p.s which kinda scares me) and don't know how I feel about it. Any advice for all of those, including me, who will soon be starting their life on their own?


The Oracle replies:

The first thing to remember is - as you said "all of those" - you're not alone. The majority of students arriving on campus will be in the same boat. They won't know anyone else and will be feeling all sorts of emotions.
It is a huge step but think of it as one of adventure and an exciting leap into the unknown.
The other thing to bear in mind is you had a first day of junior and high school and presumably got through those. I'm sure we've all been in situations that although different, require the same kind of strength (e.g., standing up in class, performing for a team, playing live music...) Recall that strength and maybe on your first day keep an eye out for someone who looks like they're feeling the same and make friends.
Good luck to you all!