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10 things incoming freshmen shouldn't do to avoid being labeled as the Drunk Girl Everyone Stares At

Coming into a frat party, you are on thin ice.

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To all my incoming freshmen, your welcome week behavior translate to how you will be the rest of the year, and let me tell you, it's not easy to make it out alive of welcome week. Newfound freedom leads many people to doing stupid things that will haunt them the rest of the year, so freshmen, here are a few things you should avoid doing to survive welcome week.

1. Don't makeout with the first guy that gives you attention

Because you're the incoming class, all of the guy's eyes will be on you. They're like vultures waiting for a prey. Don't get wrapped up in the first Brad you meet because I can promise you that the guys will talk about how easy you are after.

2. Don't makeout with anyone on elevated surfaces or populated areas

One of my biggest pet peeves is being on an elevated surface with my friends and then looking over my shoulder and seeing two people basically swallowing each other. You do not need to show off to everyone that you are getting action tonight. Take your man to a more secluded area to save my eyes from your nasty PDA.

3. Don't be the girl offering everyone shots

If you're the girl hanging around the bar looking for a group of people to take shots with, it's not going to end well for you honey. It's trashy to be downing shot after shot and they hit you faster than you would expect. Honestly, I would expect to see you over the toilet at the end of the night and no one wants their head in a smelly frat house bathroom.

4. Don't scream when your favorite song comes on

We know that any new summer poppy song is going to be played at the frat party to get everyone riled up, and we know that you probably learned all the words before you came to school, so you don't need to break our eardrums screaming to your friend that you love this song so much.

5. Don't be disrespectful

Coming into a frat party, you are on thin ice. The people who have been coming to this house for years have seniority over you. Don't forget that. There's no need to shove people out of the way or be rude to them just because you lost your friend at the bar. Ask politely to squeeze through and you won't get kicked out.

6. Don't pass out

One of the biggest things I can warn you about is to not go over your tolerance. I understand that some people are more experienced than others, but your're endangering not only your life but the lives of many. And its a big mood killer to have the cops show up to a frat party.

7. Don't take your clothes off

I know that frats get crowded very easily and they also get very hot, but do us all a favor and keep all articles of clothing on. Nudity is only allowed in private places and too much skin is extremely slutty.

8. Don't do "Rush Tits/Ass"

My father always told me he never wanted to see me on one of those "Barstool" accounts and hopefully your parents don't either. Rush Tits/Ass are the most regretful thing that you can do in college because once it's on the internet, it's never going away. Also, you may not know, but frats have private photo folders filled with images like that so those can really go anywhere the brothers want them to. Make the Brads wait to see it in private.

9. Don't brag about your past successes

Introductions at frat parties are hard, but please for the love of God, don't tell me about how you were a cheer captain in high school or how you dated the quarterback of your football team. It's the past and I don't care. Talk about what you are thinking about doing on campus.

10. Don't go home alone

The absolute number one rule in a woman's handbook is DON'T GO HOME ALONE! If all your friends have left with Brads and Chads, don't feel the need to find you one also. One in every four girls experience some type of sexual assault on a college campus and you do not want to be a number in that statistic. If you ever need someone to Uber home with you, go up to another girl and ask if you can join her ride or pay for her to ride with you back. It is better safe than sorry.

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You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

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To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.

Sincerely,

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I Applied For The Disney College Program And Here's My Take

It's every little kid’s dream to go to Disney World, and here as an adult college student, I may get my first chance.

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The first time I heard about the program I was setting up a meeting with my academic adviser who was taking much too long for my liking. I got naturally distracted by the colorful brochures in the office until one, in particular, caught my eye, the pamphlet for the Disney College Program. I hadn't heard of it before so I picked up the brochure to give it a read. Disney as a company offers an international internship program for college students called the Disney College Program. Being a participant, you get the opportunity to live at one of the resorts, Walt Disney World or Walt Disney Land and work, play and take classes there for a semester. I decided to keep the brochure and look at it later if I had time. After my classes that day, I sat down and did some research on the program and the pros and cons that former participants have noted.

I learned that your rent is taken out of your paycheck weekly and that you can live with up to seven other roommates. I also learned about all the different roles they offer, from guest services to housekeeping, attractions to even being a character look-a-like. I especially liked looking over the different leadership classes that they offered and how school would work with me being in a different state. I decided to apply and on the first day, the applications went live in January I sent mine in.

I was so anxious to hear back originally. It took about two weeks and I finally got an email from Disney saying that I had moved through the first round and was invited to do a Web-Based Interview or a WBI for short. Just after Valentines Day, I did my interview, where you answer questions on a scale of agree to disagree. I was sitting in my kitchen and I remember my hands being so sweaty from nerves I had to keep wiping them on my jeans to use my computer keys.

I remember as I submitted it, just really hoping in my mind, I moved on to the next round of phone interviews. I checked my email after for the confirmation that it was completed and already had a new email from Disney. This made my stomach drop, as I was sure it was a rejection letter for getting too many wrongs in the interview. I opened it, and my heart jumped out of my chest. I had gotten a phone interview almost immediately.

I set up my phone interview for the following day at 1:00 pm and tried my hardest through the tossing and turning to get some decent sleep. The next day I woke up and prepared to do my interview by sitting on my quiet enclosed back porch so no one would bother me during the call. I'm not sure what happened really but the nerves got to me and I was shaking and I accidentally dropped it under my porch. I had to get down and army crawl under my porch to reach it and pull it out. Luckily she called back.

I didn't think it could get any worse than it had so I just put my all into the interview, asking questions I had and trying to make myself sound like the best candidate for the job. I was asked about three roles, out of the approximately fifteen I applied for. Those three were lifeguard, photo pass, and character performer. I shared my experience with photography, swimming, and theatre. She asked me if I would be attending an audition for the character performer role and I said I wasn't sure yet. After we talked about the roles and basic questions you get when applying for a job, we just talked more about the classes and housing offered through the program. She said I would hear back no later than April 12th and then we ended the conversation.

The character performer audition that was closest to me was March 2nd in Ohio or March 6th in Chicago. This was the week after spring break so I really couldn't risk missing class, so originally I decided to stay home. On Monday, when I got out of class my cousin Travis was texting me and asking me about the audition and if I was going to go. I said no, but he easily convinced me to skip class and go to Chicago that Wednesday.

I left for Chicago Wednesday morning around 8 with my brother, cousin and his friend. We arrived shortly after 12 and ate and then checked in at the studio for the 1:30 audition. We learned a bit of choreography and then performed it all together as a group. Then we performed it for the casting lady. They made cuts throughout the day, and eventually, my brother and I were both cut and ready to head back to Michigan.

Now it's been three weeks and all I've received is a “No Longer In Consideration" letter pertaining to the character performer job, but I'm still in the running for the other positions. All decisions will be made by April 12th and I'm just counting down the days.

If you're interested in applying and you're on the fence about it, don't be. It's been such a smooth process so far and I honestly never thought I would make it to round four of the process but sometimes you just have to believe in yourself and have a little faith, trust, and pixie dust. You might surprise yourself and spend a semester in a Disney having the time of your life!

Hopefully, I'll be heading down to Disney for the fall. If you see me in the Magic Kingdom, don't forget to say hi!

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