Before I actually started college, I suffered from the same fear. In my head, I envisioned 20-30 page papers, piles of work, cliques, horror stories with my soon-to-be roommates, etc. In fact, I even cried the minute my family tried to say goodbye and leave – in front of EVERYONE.
That being said, let me tell you that within five minutes of my parents leaving, I was ready for them to never come back, ahahah. Classes are set in a way that gives professors a feel for which students will be taking them — whether that be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Because of that, the workload is appropriate and professors NEVER foster a sink-or-swim atmosphere. They’re around for help outside of class, and the institution itself has peer tutoring available that a lot of people utilize. So don’t worry about not being up to par with everyone else because I can almost guarantee you will be.
In terms of social interaction, the best piece of advice I could give you as a recent graduate would be to join clubs or to get involved on campus as soon as possible. I never felt connected to my campus or my peers until I started getting involved, and it could get lonely sometimes. But as soon as I started taking part in activities (work study jobs on campus even were great) I felt like there were a lot more opportunities for me. So make the most of it and put yourself out there. As scary as it can be, I found it worthwhile, and you will too!
Don’t let college scare you. Remember: it’s not like high school where people come in knowing people from middle school. Everyone is in the same predicament as you!