Starting college as a freshman is a major milestone in every student’s life. After the last year of high school where you enjoyed being a senior, it’s now time to transition into the lowest tier in college. This transition can be hard. College does have its good parts and amazing moments, but like every other new experience, you’re likely to feel lost and anxious your first few days. Luckily, this does not last forever.
One easy and fun way to get yourself mentally prepared is watching some of the movies released over the years that can prepare you for your new adventure one way or another. This is a great way to get an idea of what you are getting yourself into.
Here are five movies you need to watch before you go to college:
1. Pitch Perfect (2012)
This is a story about a young woman who starts college and joins an acapella group with other young women. Aside from being entertaining, this movie will give you a feel of what it’s like trying to find your place in college and the all too familiar struggle of fitting in. It clearly shows that there will be other freshmen feeling as insecure and out of place as you.
Watching it will leave you feeling inspired to get involved in campus life. Find students who have similar interests and hone your skills, allowing yourself some necessary change so that you can grow. The movie encourages you to do this while still remaining true to yourself.
2. Enough Said (2013)
Leaving for college will not just be a big change for you, but for your family as well, especially your parents or guardians. Enough Said tries to bring this side of the situation into light. The people who raised you will also have their own transitioning to go through. For one, now that you’re an adult who has gone off to live on their own, your relationship with them is bound to change. Instead of the authoritative role they played in your earlier years, they will now become more like friends. They acknowledge the fact that you’re off on your own now, and get ready to offer any guidance you may need as you face the world.
3. The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
There’s nothing quite like a good motivational movie to give you the energy to conquer new worlds. This is a movie that reminds you that life is not a smooth ride. There are going to be highs and lows, ups and downs, and you might feel like giving up at times. The Pursuit of Happyness reminds you that determination, hard work, and an intense personal drive will get you through the most mentally and physically gruelling phases. Success and a great career lay at the end of the struggle, so keep holding on.
4. How To Be Single (2016)
There’s a lot of peer pressure going on at college, and feeling pressured to get into a relationship is one of them. This movie reminds you that this is not a necessary must-have. It’s perfectly okay to get through college without meeting your life partner. If you’ve not found the right person, do not force it just to fit in. Instead, take this time to concentrate on your own growth and improvement.
5. Legally Blonde (2001)
This is a tale of a blonde girl who goes to law school. She is stereotyped as a “dumb blonde” but goes after what she wants, works hard, and proves people wrong. This movie reminds you not to judge your new classmates by their appearances and will also give you many pointers on the dos and don’ts of college.