>Since my freshman year of college has finally come to an end, I decided that I wanted to write about some of the most important things I learned during this crazy period of my life. Enjoy (;
20.) There is nothing like getting a package from home. Force your mom to send you care packages, or heck, send them to yourself. Sometimes you need comfort food available stat, and nothing is more annoying when you are trying to type a paper than a chocolate craving.
19.) Always wear shoes. Especially in the shower. I don’t care how “clean” your community bathroom is, it is a community bathroom. Do yourself a favor and keep your precious footies away from diseases. Plus, you never know how recently that dorm carpet was puked on.
18.) Don’t go to the library just to complain about how you spent 5 hours in the library. I always got more studying done in my dorm room because I was focused and I made it my space. My desk was study sanctuary. Of course I facebooked and procrastinated, but it was 10 times worse at the library for me. If you are going to go, then actually go. Know a few good places to study, because sometimes the library is busy and your roommate is pre-gaming for a crazy night.
17.) Swiping your card at the gym does not equate to buying a one way ticket to hell. Utilize your new (usually free) gym membership, even if you only go once a week. Just try to get movin’! If you don’t want the freshman 15, you are going to have to burn off those crazy weekends somehow. [Too swamped with schoolwork? I prefer to savor my gym time as my time, but you can always grab some flashcards to look at on the bike!]
|The best gym run of my entire year.|
16.) You don’t need to know your major right away. I came into college thinking I was going to do physics, and I glued myself to that. I was unhappy second semester in math and physics class, but I was still telling everyone I was a physics major. Finally I had a revelation and switched to biology. I almost cried because I was so happy with my decision. Don’t put yourself in a box going into school. It’s good to have a general idea, but you don’t have to know right now.
15.) Don’t seclude yourself because you are terrified of the freshman 15. Sometimes all you need is a nice bowl of fro-yo after a hard exam topped with chocolate and other yummy things.
|There’s fro-yo in there somewhere.|
….& sometimes a midnight smoothie run will be the highlight of a weekend. Don’t miss out on fun experiences because you would rather munch on celery all day. (It does not have “negative” calories.) The key is not splurging every night. Keep it under control.
14.) I know it’s cliche, but keep healthy snacks in your room. I know my university only allowed a certain number of meal swipes for the semester, so I always tried to keep trail mix and fruit in my room. (Apple & PB!) I was fortunate enough to have fresh fruit in my dining hall every day so I could steal a banana or apple here and there. You will be way less tempted to go buy a bag of doritos if you already spent money on some apples in your mini-fridge (;
|Also, paper plates and plastic silverware can save you from
doing dishes if you are in a hurry.
13.) Don’t settle for a bad advisor. If you don’t click with yours at orientation, find a new one. You need to see an advisor. They are not only good for class scheduling, but they are a great contact to have. They are only an email (sometimes two) away from answering your questions or putting you in contact with someone you need to talk to.
12.) College is not high school. You can’t just be sick and turn an assignment in late, and most teachers don’t care whether or not you show up to class. Homework is often optional, or hardly checked. You will sometimes have to teach yourself whether it’s due to a bad professor (or one you can’t understand) or something else. Usually, late work isn’t accepted. Your entire grade is most likely made up of a few exams. Academics are often cut-throat, so suit up. (If you can build a good relationship with a professor though, they are some of the best allies you could ever have during college.)
11.) One of the most important words you will ever learn is FREE. Free t-shirts, free ice-cream, free pancakes (yup it happens). Take advantage of these opportunities. Invite some people in your hall and go together! Plus, it means saving money. Learn how to budget, and know that sometimes you have to sacrifice going out to eat for some good old-fashioned dorm food. Money disappears fast.
|Free dorm t-shirt! Our mascot was a squirrel (;|
|This was during finals.
me = not organized