People will give you so many different pieces of advice before you leave for college- but they almost always leave the “real stuff” out. Well wait no more, because I am about to tell you some things I’ve learned from my freshman year that I wasn’t quite prepared for.
- You will most likely see more vomit than you ever have in your life. Trust me on this one. You will see people throw up a lot, especially in the beginning of the year because most college freshmen don’t know how to handle their alcohol. The sight of vomit will become so common it ceases to affect you (unless it makes you extremely queasy).
- Your 9 a.m. class will become the new 6 a.m. I had an 8 a.m. everyday my first semester, and it sounded a lot better compared to waking up at 5:45 in the morning like I had to everyday in high school. But after a month (or less) you will wake up just as tired as if you’re waking up at 6 a.m. You will probably have multiple alarms for each morning.
- You will most likely struggle mentally or emotionally (or both). The transition to college is not easy. Many people will tell you that you’ll “do fine” in college, and you will end up doing fine. But being in a new place with new people isn’t the best time. Many college freshmen struggle with loneliness, sadness, and stress, and that’s okay. It gets easier everyday and there are people who want to help you.
- You will struggle with being on your own. You’ve gone from having a structured class schedule and your parents making sure you’re going to bed at a decent time to college classes that jump around and no one to tell you what to do. At first, this new taste of freedom will be fantastic. But you will most likely have a couple of days where you wish you were at home for dinner or for someone to fold a fitted sheet for you (why are they always so hard to fold?).
- People will dislike or criticize you for whatever reason, and it will probably bother you. People will dislike you in college. They won’t agree with your opinions, your beliefs, how you do your hair, whatever. You will encounter people in college who still think they are in high school and think everyone is too. There will be people who criticize you for things you say in class or for what you like to do. The best thing you can do is ignore them and keep on doing you.
- Your friends will have to help you walk home during at least one weekend. Unless you dislike alcohol or have decided to not drink during college, then you will probably end up at a college party a couple of times throughout the year. And you will have at least one rough night where walking home seems like the hardest thing in the world (but hey, at least your friends are nice enough to get you home safely). Also- no one in college cares whether you drink or not. Partying doesn’t make you look cooler nor does it mean you’re irresponsible, just like not drinking doesn’t make you any less cool (it also doesn’t give you a right to judge those who do).
- You will be “mom” on a few weekends. I have been mom many weekends. Whether you’re making sure someone gets to bed or cleaning up after them, you just want to make sure everyone is doing okay. Don’t worry, everyone will get turn at being mom (or dad).
- You will say/do dumb things. You will say the wrong thing to someone or someone will take your jokes or sarcasm in the absolute worse way. Just apologize and be careful what you say around that person next time. It also helps to keep ignorant opinions to yourself.
- You will religiously check Yik Yak for the first semester, until you realize it’s a waste of time. Now that you’ve made it to college, you can finally use Yik yak for what it’s meant for. Until you realize that after awhile, it’s more annoying than entertaining. Also that most likely about 70 percent of people lie about whatever they’re yakking about.
- The dining hall food will make you poop a lot more than you want to. I don’t think anything else needs to be said about this.
College is a great time, but it will not always seem like a great time, especially when it’s midnight and you’re studying for midterms. No one will ever be able to adequately prepare you for college- but a little advice never hurts, right? The important thing to remember is that college is what you make of it, and no one can tell you the “right” way to do that. So go make mistakes, make friends, lose friends, and go out on the weekends. It’s up to you how these next four years are going to go.