Eaglets on the Warpath: It’s alright to cry

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(Note: “Eaglets on the Warpath” follows one new Superfan as she journeys through her freshman year at Boston College.) 

As our time left at home comes to a close, we must remember: it’s alright to cry. Just take it from cuddly football player Rosey Grier!

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Let me highlight this face for you.

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Though our excitement for college has no limit, leaving our childhood homes behind has an obvious downside. Saying goodbye to friends and family we’ve been with constantly for many, many years hurts like a paper cut to the heart.

We all have our own ways of dealing with separation. The main types I’ve encountered recently include:

The Denialist

This type of friend shows no sign of grief or sadness, for he refuses to admit the end is nigh. He can often be seen partaking in other activities while goodbyes are being said. We’re all just waiting for his poker face to break.

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The Cryer (me)

She has no shame. She loves her friends and doesn’t care who knows it! The thought of being hundreds of miles away from her closest pals tortures her to no end. Other friends refuse to admit they’re secretly Cryers too, until they all break down together in one pathetic circle of tears. The Cryer and the Denialist are known to butt heads.

The Gandalf

In times of anxiety, he always says the right thing. His friends look to him for wise words to help them get through the darkest moments of the last days of summer. This person deals with his emotions by looking to the future as a means of solace and spews out bits of wisdom such as, “Don’t worry guys, we’ll see each other before we know it!” Most importantly, he reminds us that our love for one another isn’t going to fade just because our collection of individual experiences is growing.

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Image via Wikia

I got back Sunday night from a six-day road trip across Upstate New York with four other friends whose colleges also don’t start until late August. While I was away, it was easy to keep from mourning the fact that BC’s move-in day is a week after most other colleges’. Now I’m home and it’s set in real good. Everyone and their grandmas are at college.

For any other incoming freshman struggling like myself, I would advise you to go on a trip for the last week before college in subsequent years. Not only is it a great way to finish the summer, but it allows you to fill extra time with trip drama instead of sitting at home lamenting the loss of everyone you’ve ever loved. Pack everything time-intensive before leaving, then say “Adios!” to friends before they have the chance to leave you in their dust. Come back home a day or two before it’s time to leave again (that’s the mistake I made: I came home four days before) and you’re golden.

Top Ten Reasons Why Move-In Day Should Be A Week Earlier

10. Classes could begin earlier: the more learning the better, right? Okay, kind of a bogus reason.
9. Meal plan kicks in faster. I spend way too much money on food in the summer; beaching makes me hungry.
8. Our Snapchats of college life could replace our Snapchats of ourselves in bed looking desperate (or maybe that’s just me).
7. We’d have a smidgin more summer weather time at college. Of course this could be taken in a different light seeing as we don’t have air conditioning in freshman dorms.
6. We could escape the late-summer boat traffic. Yes, this is only applicable for students living on an island, but it would save my fellow Eaglet, Brian, and I some trouble with boat reservations.
5. College is awesome. Why wouldn’t we want to get there earlier? (Mythspectations, but probably true ones!)
4. We could leave work earlier.
3. We could get out earlier in May!
2. Less time to cry. As much fun as bawling my eyes out is, I won’t miss my high school friends as much if I’m busy experiencing college, too.
1. I JUST WANT TO BE THERE ALREADY!

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