By Morgan PerrySo, you decided to attend a school over 500 miles from your home and now you are wondering what you were thinking … well, I’m here to assure you that moving cross country is not as hard as you think. In fact, the decision to attend a school so far away was probably one of the best you have ever made. It is probably difficult to hear a lot of your friends talk about going to the same in-state schools in the fall, while you are packing up your things and preparing to venture into the unknown. However, leaving home gives you the chance for a fresh start. Moving cross country exposes you to fresh faces, new places, and endless possibilities. With that being said, here are some tips for surviving your first semester away from home:Plan to go home for all breaksSchool breaks are the best way to combat the homesickness. Even though you may not think you will want to see your family every single break, knowing the next time you get to go home will get you through those bouts of longing and stress. Even if it is just the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, taking a shower without flip-flops, or a home-cooked meal. You will want to be with your family for the holidays, even if it does cost a little bit more for a plane/train ticket. It is extremely hard when everyone else is talking about going home and you aren’t.Stay busyThe busier you are, the less time you will have to think about missing home. This sounds so simple, yet it is the mistake many freshmen make. There are so many things to get involved with on every college campus. Do not be afraid to join a club or take on a sport. Getting involved is also the easiest way to meet people and make lifelong friends.Make friends with your roommate and hall matesLife in college is a lot easier when you get along with your roommate. Even if you are not best friends, try to at least get to a point where you can live with each other comfortably. Your relationship with your roommate can make or break your freshman year. If getting along is impossible, contact your RA about a room change.Establish yourselfThis is your opportunity to be anybody you want to be. Because you chose to leave your hometown far behind, nobody knows who you were in high school. They do not care if you were the prom queen or the nerd. You have no reputation. Therefore, you have the chance to decide how you want others to see you. CHOOSE WISELY. BE YOURSELF.Go out of your comfort zoneYou have already taken the first step by moving cross country. Why stop now? Push yourself further than you thought possible. Try something completely new. Challenge yourself to be a leader.College is about finding yourself. My guess is that if you are moving cross country for school, you kind of already knew that. Don’t second guess yourself. Something inside of you told you that it was time to cut ties with your hometown and move on. It might be hard at times but remember…you wouldn’t have committed to a school so far away if you didn’t believe you could succeed. Good Luck! I’ve been through it and I promise that it is not as hard as it seems.For moving help try DormRoomMovers.com. They specialize in helping college students move so all you have to do is sit back and relax.Morgan Perry is currently attending Villanova University and studying health psychology and Spanish. She is involved in Women’s Lacrosse, Student Government Representative, Programming Activities Council, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.