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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50 One-Liners College Girls Swap With Their Roomies As Much As They Swap Clothes

"What would I do without you guys???"
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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.

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In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."


I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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Danielle Neron

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