If you're like me, you probably spent way too much time thinking about what college was really going to be like. I mean, sure, we've seen different stories in hundreds of movies and from dozens of friends, but how can we know what's true and what's just a movie fantasy? Here are 10 realities about actually being a college freshman, by someone who has been there and done that.
1. Finding friends is not as hard as you'd think.
We all had that moment. The moment when you realize that you’re about to move to a whole new place with all new people for a whole new life. If you’re worried about meeting new people and finding your new bff, just remember to be yourself. Although leaving your squad back home may cause a few hundred panic attacks, your college friends are waiting and ready to be your new squad goals.
2. The "Freshman Fifteen" is a real thing.
No one wants to admit it, but the Freshman Fifteen doesn’t discriminate. Being on a college campus without your parents telling you to eat your veggies might seem like a win, but with Chick-Fil-A and Panda Express eyeing you down every time you walk into the Student Union, you might start to cave. So, head on over to the Rec Center and burn off your late night munchies on the treadmill for a while (don’t worry, there’s a great view of college guys lifting weights).
3. Syllabus week is the best holiday on campus.
The holy grail of frat parties and pre-games comes twice a year, and you better brace yourselves early. When it’s time to get sylly the first week of every semester, put on your best dancing shoes and cutest outfits, because we’re hittin’ up Greek Row!
4. Getting involved will cure all of your boredom.
If you ever find yourself sitting in your dorm room in between classes, doing absolutely nothing other than watching netflix and eating chips, get your butt up and get involved. College has so many things to offer, and in order to get the fullest experience (and to make the best out of the $50,000 dollars you’re paying per year), go find something you love to do on campus. Join a club, find a job, get involved in a smaller community on your campus to help you feel more connected, and less bored.
5. Believe it or not, school actually does come first.
I know, I know, having fun seems a lot more interesting than studying for hours on end, but after all, our parents aren’t sending us on a four year vacation, they’re sending us to college. There will be nights (and very early mornings) where you feel like screaming because of how much work you have to do, but on behalf of every college student, you got this!