I have a friend who will just be moving into the University of Chicago this weekend ngfan, so you're not alone.
And so far, like most everyone here it seems, college has been treating me well. And what's more, what I find so great is I'm so much more motivated. Maybe it's finally clicked that this is important, or maybe it's the thousands of dollars it represents as an investment. And all that has it's role I'm sure, but I think that the real deciding factor is this:
In college, whether you sink or swim is up to you.
Through high school, whether it was in the form of teachers or parents, there was someone looking over your shoulder; it seems paradoxical that when that's gone, I for one am actually doing far and away better. Though there's more pressure on me, somehow knowing that what happens here on out is to a great degree in my hands is kind of liberating.