The transition to college is easily one of the most drastic and most unknown transitions a person can make. For some, the experience of such a crazy transition can be full of anxiety, and for others, it can be completely exciting. It's different for everyone.

But, I thought it might be helpful to speak from my own experience. It was… crazy… and awesome.

SOS Week

And by “SOS Week” I don’t mean that the first week leaves you needing rescue or saying “help!" –– it’s just the abbreviation for Biola’s Student Orientation Services. In other words, Biola has a huge team of students that are interviewed, chosen and trained for the sole purpose of helping new students through the process of transitioning to college.

You can liken this first week at Biola to the most amazing summer camp experience you’ve had… but better.

This week, which kicks off right after most students are settled into their dorms, is full of all sorts of events, activities, and other amazing stuff that allows you to process the overwhelming new sense of freedom and change that comes with college. Also, this all happens right along a group of other new students and alongside a current Biola student who can give you a glimpse of their own experience as a college student!


The new sense of freedom upon coming to Biola brought both a lot of excitement and a huge amount of responsibility.

Often times my mind was full of thoughts like: “Wow, I can’t believe I can actually be out this late” and “I don’t actually have to do my laundry!” (even though you really do need to do your laundry). At the same time, all the excitement of freedom was met with new challenges and responsibilities, such as:

  • being on time to things
  • getting things done on time
  • eating
  • sleeping
  • being productive
  • being careful with spending
  • remembering things
  • etc. etc. etc.

I know this is a bit overwhelming, but I promise, you will be able to handle all this responsibility... at least by sophomore year. ;)

If you want to read more about my experience transitioning to college, this link will take you to a blog I wrote about my first few months in college.


For about the first month, I was living in college bliss without a care in the world. Then, all of a sudden, homesickness happened.

I love my family dearly, but I did not expect to feel so strongly about how much I missed them. It was new for me, and what made it a bit worse was the fact that I didn’t really talk to them during that first month. Your family can be a really good way to process your transition and show your parents (who may or may not be supporting you in some capacity through college) how much they mean to you. When you get to college, hopefully you don’t make the same mistake I did. Give your mom a call and tell her how much you miss her!

All this said, my experiences definitely do not account for everything you may feel during your transition to college. Biola is a truly unique and amazing place with many adventures, surprises and (sometimes challenging) life lessons for any student. But don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself!


Biola Blogger Blakey