The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Breakaway College Girl

by Ali Postle, The Quill

(2012 WC Graduate and Freshman at Northern University, DeKalb- first of a series of life in college)

As we packed the car on Wednesday night, the realization that I was moving away struck me. I had way too much stuff, but what can I say, I am a girl.

Dad groaned a little as I kept bringing boxes for him to pack, but I knew it was all out of love. As I laid down to go to sleep, the nerves settled in.Was I ready to move away to college? I had to be, because tomorrow was the big day.

Thursday morning came so soon. Mom, Dad, Drew, and I got in the car and headed on our journey to DeKalb. Once we arrived it was a mass confusion of students and their families trying to get all there belongings organized and up to their assigned rooms. I checked in and was handed my room key. Dad and Drew packed everything on to carts so we could load them on the elevator and up to my floor.

I opened the door to my room and I am sure my expression was not pleasant. I was not very impressed. It took almost two and a half hours to set up my room. Dad and Drew worked hard to set up the TV and the lamps. Mom and I made sure all my clothes were hung up and folded and my bed was made just right. When we were all finished it looked amazing! It was just like a little home. I had pictures from all my amazing memories from high school with my best friends. Of course, I had to have my Justin Bieber poster on my wall.

I have three roommates which makes a total of four of us in our suite. Luckily, we have a living room and also a bathroom that the four of us share.

One of my nightmares was having not-so-compatible roommates. I got so lucky in the fact that we all get along very well.

Well, the time finally came in which my family had to go home. The tears filled my eyes as I held on to my mom as I told her how much I loved her. The tears kept flowing when I hugged my dad and he held me tight. My brother and I also shared a sibling hug, which meant a lot to me.

My parents have been such amazing role models in my life, and I am truly blessed to have such an amazing family.

I have been away for two weeks now and it still feels like I am on a mini vacation! Hopefully soon, I will be able to realize Northern Illinois is my home.