I agree that high school is better than middle school. I felt like I found "my mini tribe" you could say. While it is more challenging, it felt more memorable. My high school years were all a grind, but trust me, in the end, you will get through it; time management was key! There were a lot more extracurriculars that I explored. I made new friends along the way and enjoyed my time as a high schooler. Enjoy it while you are still young; the years definitely flew by for me!
Now, I will say, university is a whole other level. Freshman year of uni didn't really feel like freshman year of high school since you are kind of preconditioned already. But like with anything, it took a while to get used to. While the feeling of living away from home seemed weird at first, I learned after my first year that uni is meant to be a collaborative effort. I enjoyed the extra freedom and the ability to balance my life the way I want to. You will meet a vast range of people: some of which may be just like you! Some even might become your closest friends. At uni, I was really surprised how well I fitted in. I met some of my closest friends, and so far, we have had a blast together! Trying to tackle university solo is tough. Friends are meant to be there to help when you need it the most. Friends are meant to be there so that you can conquer any problems you face. Friends are meant to create those memorable adventures.
As a side note to uni in general, while bounds are essential and should be respected, I feel going to university means you also go there for not only the academics but also for the new experiences. Otherwise, might as well be going to an online university. (Basically sums up my 8-week experience this past semester.
) Don't be afraid to go out and have some fun here and there!!