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Old August 25th, 2018, 09:33 AM   #1
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Monday We are leaving for Oklahoma to settle in for college which starts Sept 4th. I am very excited to get started training for my career but also very afraid.
I will be younger than the rest and have never been away for more than 2 weeks. I have also helped my mother with my siblings and house work and cooking and now she won't have me to help her anymore. She is very capable but I still worry a little. My grandmother will babysit when my mom is at work. I know there are others who have taken the same step and would love to hear from you. Thanks.

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Old August 25th, 2018, 11:04 AM   #2
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Maybe you didn't realize it before, but helping your mom so much gave you skills that will be put to use when you're on your own. Going to college (especially out of state) will be a huge adjustment, and feeling afraid is to be expected. The longer you're there, you'll be making friends, acquiring a workload, and soon, you'll be too busy to be afraid anymore. Safe travels and good luck!

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Old August 25th, 2018, 12:58 PM   #3
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I think it's natural to be afraid simply because you will be in a new situation that you have no experience with and have probably heard stories from others about what college life is like.

My big sis Megan just started college and has called home every day to talk to us. She says that it's nothing to be afraid of at all, but it's also nothing like she was expecting it to be. There is no structure to life outside of the classroom and she's totally on her own with the assistance from her dorm roommate. At least the two of them chose each other to be roommates through the online selection process and had met over a month ago in person, and spent a couple days getting familiar with the city the college is in, local places to eat, shop and so on.

You have to develop strong study habits and be motivated to follow through.
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Old August 28th, 2018, 07:32 AM   #4
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I am here. I won't be staying in a dorm. I'm staying with a family friend in a small apartment. I'm 2 blocks from school and several restaurants. Today I will tour the Meteorology Dept and meet my instructors. Most of the texts are online so I will only need 2 paper books. Taking katie2003 advise I've been calling home every night to talk to my mom and siblings. I do feel a bit lonely after I hang up but get over it fast.
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When I moved to my new school last year, I was eager to live on my own life as much as possible, which is why the choice of the school was also determined by whether tghe dorms offered single bed rooms.

Of course you are never alone at a boarding school, but it was a good feeling to have a single-bed-appartement as they called it there. With private access.

It didn't take me two weeks to feel completely at home there. And the classes at the college did the rest, that I felt that I was completely on my own.



Now, the new academic year officially starts next week with a few changes.

I now live off campus with my girlfriend in our own apartment. We have settled in relatively well over the past week and have even bought a car, new furniture -just stuff which you'll do when you have your first apartment.

It feels good, but the idea of ​​driving to campus every day like a local student while all the other year 12 students live on campus is a bit strange. Especially when I leave the campus in the evening.



So I somehow get it how you are feeling.

And have a good start at your college.





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I am here. I won't be staying in a dorm. I'm staying with a family friend in a small apartment. I'm 2 blocks from school and several restaurants. Today I will tour the Meteorology Dept and meet my instructors. Most of the texts are online so I will only need 2 paper books. Taking katie2003 advise I've been calling home every night to talk to my mom and siblings. I do feel a bit lonely after I hang up but get over it fast.
It can be a big change when you go from home to college, and if you are going from a small town to a relatively big one, then the change can be bigger still. In this day in age of instant communication, video chatting, and old fashioned ways of talking such as telephone calls you can always be in touch. The reality is that you had to leave the nest one day, and I give you credit for following your dreams. Meteorology is a really exciting field, and being in Oklahoma is the best place to be for that particular science. You honestly will meet some truly interesting people, who while not replacing your family, can keep you busy by teaching you new things.

My suggestion is to make sure you get involved in school organizations that are related to your field of study or your personal interests so that you are not just going to school and studying. That way you can make friends in the area that can ease the loneliness especially if you are not from Oklahoma.

While you certainly cannot be replaced I am sure your family already planned for the day when you would have to go for your higher studies. Chances are your family are well equipped to handle things at home during your absence.

My final word of advice is that if you are feeling really down or are having major problems, then make sure to use resources on campus for folks having problems. There is no shame in going to the Counseling Services, talking to a professor, or anyone else on campus who is assigned to help students in need. If you have had issues in the past, then make sure to register with the office of disabilities on campus (if it exists) so that you can get the help you need when you need it.

Again, it is awesome you are following what interests you, and there is no question a meteorologist is someone who will always find work!
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Thank you Second Chance. That was all very good advise. Because of things I have already done and classes I've taken I can test out of some classes. One elective is to take a ham radio operators license course. I am already a general class licensed ham. I have also taken the storm spotters course. I took the test for Intro to Meteorology this morning and sure I passed it. I've also joined the ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service).

I am going from living on a small ranch to a city which is and amazing difference. Mostly the traffic and noise. On the bright side to get to Walmart it's a 3 mile drive where at home it was 48 miles. Food here is a bit cheaper I'm guessing because of more competition. I'm going to be doing most of the cooking for the family which will make me feel more at home. That will also save me money not having to buy groceries except for snacks.

I got interested in meteorology when I was 8 years old and we had to stop while on a trip because of tornadoes in the area. I saw one of them in the distance and was just fascinated by it. Since then I've been self studying weather and watch chasers, weather documentaries and knew that's what I wanted to do. I want to become a weather researcher to help find ways to control the weather and make more advanced warnings. This will likely mean I'll need to get a master's degree.
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And with that level of advance preparation, and your obvious determination, there's no doubt you will succeed in getting that master's degree!
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Thank you Second Chance. That was all very good advise. Because of things I have already done and classes I've taken I can test out of some classes. One elective is to take a ham radio operators license course. I am already a general class licensed ham. I have also taken the storm spotters course. I took the test for Intro to Meteorology this morning and sure I passed it. I've also joined the ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service).

I am going from living on a small ranch to a city which is and amazing difference. Mostly the traffic and noise. On the bright side to get to Walmart it's a 3 mile drive where at home it was 48 miles. Food here is a bit cheaper I'm guessing because of more competition. I'm going to be doing most of the cooking for the family which will make me feel more at home. That will also save me money not having to buy groceries except for snacks.

I got interested in meteorology when I was 8 years old and we had to stop while on a trip because of tornadoes in the area. I saw one of them in the distance and was just fascinated by it. Since then I've been self studying weather and watch chasers, weather documentaries and knew that's what I wanted to do. I want to become a weather researcher to help find ways to control the weather and make more advanced warnings. This will likely mean I'll need to get a master's degree.
You seem like a man with a plan, and as long as you are tight with your fellow students and especially your academic advisor and professors, then you should be fine. I am sure that your program is very specialized, and there definitely must be some very interesting people in your department unlike other parts of the university that must be boring by comparison.

Taking the HAM radio course along with the other electives you have described are the way to go. You will have a very diverse background by the time you graduate, and I am sure that you will honestly have no trouble becoming a weather researcher by the time you are done. Going for Master's Degree would most likely be right up your alley since what you are studying is not really boring to you or a task meaning that you will be one of those folks who will really look forward to class and will not view anything you do as a pain. While there are a lot of cool equipment out there that can predict weather the reality is that there are some fundamentals such as simply looking at the clouds, feeling the wind, and observing the way animals behave that all give clues to something that is about to happen. I think having a healthy balance between technology and olds fashioned skills is important in your field of study.

Where you are currently living is the storm capital of the world, and there is no question you will be in for some wild weather and will get a lot of experience. Meteorology students from all over the world come to where you're studying because it is one of the few places where you can see nearly all weather events that happen throughout the planet.

That is a good idea you're living with a family so that way you do not feel alone unlike, say, living in a dorm. I'm guessing you must like to cook, and you must have a win-win relationship with the family you're living with. The reality is that based upon your interests where you are is where you need to be to complete your studies, and you're lucky you found a stable home to stay at while you do your stuff.

Wow, you really must have been from a small town or isolated place if you're impressed by a Wal-Mart! I am sure a Target, JCPenney, or Macy's must absolutely blow your mind if you see one of those!
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