Now, before I can actually start this, I think I am obligated to state that my college is only an hour and a half away from my home. In my defense, I didn’t have a car.
Though it is not that far away, it was like culture-shock for me. I grew up in a household where going out with friends after school was unheard of. I had to call my father when I left my house to go to school, when I arrived at school, when I was leaving school and when I arrived at home. I also was the kid that was terrified of disobeying her parents and getting in trouble, so you can say that was a homebody.
Being in college has been a wake up call for me. Staying at school during the summer was like a smack in the face.
1. Mommy and Daddy aren’t always going to be with me.
Now of course this is something that everyone knows, but I was the first one to go away for college. My sisters stayed at home, working while they went to community college near our home.
That summer, I went through times where all I wanted to do was run into my parents arms right after I got out of work. I couldn’t do that. This has to be the hardest lesson. After I got home, I learned that I have to pick myself up, make some dinner and get ready for another day. All the wonderful things that my mom and dad did for me, I realized I had to do for myself.
2. Start saving. NOW.
I’m still learning how to properly do this. With beauty and life goal, Jaclyn Hill teaming up with BECCA Cosmetics, it was a difficult summer to save. Champagne Pop is one of the best things to grace this planet.
I’ve racked up my fair share of student loans and being ‘on my own’ for a summer made me realize I need to start saving for “what if’s” and “just in cases.” It’s easy to want to blow all your money on makeup, but it’s all fun and games until you run out of toilet paper.
3. Learn to love your own company.
Things got pretty lonely by week two when all my friends had packed up and went home. That summer consisted of waking up, going to work, followed by hours of Netflix and pizza. To get out of my monotonous work-then-Netflix funk, I decided to do something a little different. I decided to date myself.
I took myself on dates to the movies or to a local diner for lunch. I practiced new skills and techniques for applying my makeup. I read books. I learned to love to be alone and it was such an uplifting experience.
I can’t wait to do it again.