10 Things I Actually Learned My Freshman Year Of College

10 Things I Actually Learned My Freshman Year Of College

No regrets in life, just lessons learned.
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A wise Uber drive once said to me:

"We're sixteen dying to be eighteen, waiting impatiently for high school graduation. Then you blink, and you're suddenly nineteen turning twenty, finishing your first year of college. Hopefully people learn something along the way. Life moves faster than people realize, and sometimes you miss the best moments."

Well, Tracy in the Chevy Impala, thankfully, I did learn a few things my first year of college:

1. Be happy because life is too short and too good to waste.

Don't let 10 bad minutes ruin a whole day. It's your life and it's up to you to make your own happiness.

2. Be who you are and own your mistakes.

Got thrown out of Theta Chi for tossing a box of Cheez-its off the balcony? Own it. Best box of Cheez-its I've ever had.

3. You are going to fail.

Objectively, college is harder than high school, and failure is inevitable. For some, especially myself, this is a tough reality to grasp. But, what sets you apart is not how embarrassing or detrimental your failure was, but how you come back from it. Study harder, ask more questions, and learn to forgive yourself. Life happens - shrug it off and try again.

4. Dobbs brunch cures all.

5. Find friends that'll rescue you from awful date parties, buy you pizza, and laugh at your life right alongside you.

6. Wear shower shoes.

7. It's okay not to look like everyone else.

No thigh gap? No problem. Having skinny legs or a thin frame doesn't make you any less of a person.

8. Work hard.

College isn't easy. But, remember you only have four years and make time for fun. Some of the best memories are made at Subway at three in the morning.

9. You will find your people.

It may not be right away, but you will find them. You'll find the one who doesn't understand boundaries and tells you everything (and I mean everything..). You'll find the one who has bad luck with ubers, the one who disappears to the roof of Jimmy John's, the one who's common sense is swallowed by her intelligence. You'll find the one who is just as terrible of a dancer as you are and always has time for a movie night. Believe it or not, they'll change your life in ways they don't realize, and they'll put you back together by simply bringing you a bag of goldfish.

10. You're going to fall in and out of love.

With your major, with yourself, with your choices, and everything in between. And that's okay. Life is messy, and the best lessons often come from uncertainty and poor decisions. College is a time to be the person you were afraid to be in high school and to learn more about yourself. I wouldn't trade anything for the memories, mistakes, and experiences my freshman year brought me.


Thank you, Mizzou, for the best two semesters thus far.

Here's to finding sisters that inspire me daily and memories I'll hold onto forever. Incoming freshman - hold on tight. You're in for one hell of a ride.

Cover Image Credit: Grace Goedeke

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Power Of Journaling

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In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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