When the time comes for kids to go to college, the changes that have to happen can sometimes be difficult and heartbreaking. Leaving family and friends for a new place can be scary and intimidating. Many new students feel alone and have a difficult time dealing with their emotions due to the changes.

This is exactly where I found myself when I left for college. I knew I could not take friends or family but I thought I might have a chance of bringing my Bulldog which has been by my side for years. Sadly, because I was going to be staying in the dorms USC’s pet policy only allows for small fish. Even after hearing that I was still considering trying to sneak my beloved bulldog in, but quickly got shut down by my parents. The only way it would have worked we be if my parents wanted to pay for an apartment instead of the dorm which was not going to happen, so I had to come to terms that we’d be saying goodbye.

Why Our Bulldogs Provide Comfort

brown bulldog on grass

The reason is simple. Bulldogs, like many other dogs are loyal, protective and love to be around us. They follow us where we go and never leave us for a better opportunity like a boyfriend of girlfriend might. Their nature is to love and protect their owners which they do very well making them feel like a member of the family.

3 Tips for Adjusting to College Life without your Bulldog

While many students might not admit it, feeling home sick is totally normal and part of the college experience. It’s part of growing up and becoming an adult.

The first tip I could give you would be to get out of your comfort zone and meet some new people fast. Most people have those same nervous home-sick feelings just like you and the quickest way to get rid of them is to make at least one new friend so you don’t feel so alone.

Tip 2 would be to find a good tutoring program to help you adjust to a more demanding school schedule. Many new students have meltdowns when trying to juggle so many different subjects while being away from family support. I personally went through this and with my parents help we found a great tutoring program called Buffalo Academy. Mori, the founder made me feel very welcomed and comfortable. He matched me with a perfect tutor that had already graduated from USC and had taken my courses, so she knew what to expect. That alone completely changed everything, making me so much more confident to excel in my college career.

My third and final tip would be to embrace the fear that life throws at you. Most of the things we dread in life are imagined situations that never come to pass. Every person lets fear stop them from doing certain things. Stop and think the next time you feel that fear in the pit of your stomach and know your in a time a decision and that decision means you need to act bravely and dive in head first before you talk yourself out of it.

If you are as attached to your bulldog like I was when I left for college, just know that your fury friend will be waiting and excited to greet you when you return.