When I was a freshman in college, the Internet was just gaining in popularity. Yes, apparently I’m that old now. At the time, the cool way to talk to people online was by using IRC – internet relay chat.
Evidently I was pretty freaked out about the whole college experience, because I spent most of my first semester of college talking to a boy online – I was in New Hampshire and he was in Kansas. I thought he was pretty great and actually flew out to visit him at one point during which, stuff happened, and I was convinced I was madly in love with him.
So what did I do? The summer before my sophomore year of college, he drove out to Connecticut to pick me up and I moved to Kansas to go to school. Yeah, I did that. It was a stupid idea, but some good things actually came of it. I felt a little more empowered about my life choices and started trying to make big decisions for myself, even if they weren’t always good decisions. I learned that, while I was sucking as a wildlife management major in NH, I was pretty damned amazing at marketing and other related business courses, and I found a major more in line with my skill set. (I really wanted to major in medieval studies, but had no idea what I could possibly do with that degree. Guess what – for the most part, I don’t think it matters at all what you major in.)
Bad Things Happened while I was in KS, and I left for a while, but I went back, even after that guy and I were no more. Somehow a decision that came about through silly life choices managed to work pretty well for me, and since then, I haven’t been afraid to pick up and move when I wanted to try somewhere new.