I know this may sound silly to you all, but I have a phobia about colleges. I have stood outside the door of the community college where I live at least 5 times and did not go in.
I don't know what is wrong with me. But I actually called to speak to an Admissions Officer today which is a big step for me, the answering machine picked up and my first response was relief no one answered and to hang up. But, I didn't I left a message.
This could be the start of something BIG!
Mar 19, '07
I understand what you are saying. Over a year ago when I quit my former life and became a student, I was terrified of the community college I was to start at full-time. I sat in my car before that first class shaking and heart racing. I felt like such an idiot and mental case.
I knew it was irrational since I had done so many things...owned my own business, successful career, etc. All of my successes meant nothing to my fear of college. I wanted to go so badly for so many years that I had amplified the fear of college in my mind.
Now three semesters later I am convinced that the secret of college success for me is simply doing what I term 'sitting with it'. By that I mean the key is staying with whatever you don't understand or remember until you do understand and/or remember it. Otherwise known as studying, LOL. This may sound utterly simplistic, but I didn't have this knowledge when I tried college at age 18 many years ago, and I didn't have a family environment that was familiar with or encouraged college.
Anyway - I was a total nutjob and nervous when I started this college thing a little while ago. Now I have the routine down and a 4.0 to boot. My point in sharing this is - you can go from fear to success and thriving.
Make sure you don't overload your first semester and you'll do great!
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Mar 19, '07
Mar 20, '07
Sorry - somehow my post got submitted twice!
Last edit by carolinapooh on Mar 20, '07