I vividly remember my senior year of high school, and how excited I was when I got my acceptance letter to university. I couldn't wait to move away from home and into the big, exciting city of Calgary. I imagined myself making lots of friends, going downtown and adventuring regularly, going clubbing every weekend, studying super hard, so on and so forth. Of course, a lot of this did come true, but that doesn't mean it's been all sunshine and rainbows.
In high school, I would spend hours on Pinterest, scrolling through study tips, university packing lists, and cute bedroom decor ideas. My mom would always pick me up little things that I would need to adult successfully when she went shopping, anything from appliances to bed sheets; it was hard not to be excited and count down the days until I could move out.
Once you finally get out into the "real world", though, it can be kind of like a smack in the face. If you want to eat good, you have to spend a lot on groceries, and learn how to cook. You need to keep your room clean, and do your laundry regularly, not just when you run out of underwear. If you want your study notes to look as pretty as the ones on Pinterest, you need to put in work. It's a lot to balance, but trust me, if I can do it, you can do it.
At the end of the day, the stresses of university become bearable when you realize that everyone else around you is also a sad, broke, hungry, stressed student too, and then you can all cry and get drunk and eat ramen together. How many of these realities can you relate too?
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