10 Things I Wish I Knew As A Freshman

10 Things I Wish I Knew As A Freshman

I know them now that I'm a sophomore, great timing, very useful.

Looking back on my freshman year of college, there's a lot of things I wish I had known beforehand. That said, I know those things now that I'm a sophomore, great timing, very useful. Hoping to give this knowledge some real value, here are the 10 things I wish I knew when I was a freshman in college:

1. It's not weird to go up and talk to someone you don't know.

I feel like in high school if I randomly went up to someone and introduced myself it would be really weird and awkward. As a freshman I remember being too nervous that it would be awkward to talk to someone I didn't know. Now I know that introducing yourself to people is how you make friends since no one else really knows each other.

2. College Guys, High School Maturity Level

I have met a lot of great guys at college but let me tell you they are just as immature as the guys I knew in high school. They are big goofballs that go around screaming "let's get naked" at parties. Funny yes, but very immature. They also have the "emotional range of a teaspoon" (share this article if you know what I'm quoting).

3. Freshmen 15 is very much a thing.

I came in as a freshmen believing that I was going to eat just as much as I did at home, and just as healthy. Boy was I wrong. You do a lot of eating at college and there's no one there telling you that you need to eat your fruits and vegetables. I gained a few unwanted pounds after my first semester. Second semester was a bit better because I suddenly became very motivated to go up and get fruit everyday.

4. You're gonna spend all your money.

Being independent is expensive. Enough said.

5. People from high school are irrelevant.

I wish I didn't stalk people from high school on Facebook or try and reach out to those fake friends from high school that you feel sort of obligated to keep in touch with. Honestly you're living a completely different life now so just keep the few actual friends around that you had in high school and forget the rest because they don't matter.

6. Participating in class and going to office hours actually boosts your grade.

Some classes might not have a participation grade but if you talk at least once during every class and show that your interested your professors take notice. Also professors love when you go to office hours. Even if you aren't doing super well in the class, going to office hours shows that you're at least trying.

7. Call your parents and go home occasionally.

I went to school about 25 minutes away from my house and I was still a tiny bit home sick. You're gonna miss home and that's totally fine. So reach out and talk to your family every once in a while.

8. You don't have to go out every weekend.

If it's 2 degrees outside with over a foot of snow on the ground ... don't go out. It's not worth freezing to death. If you have a big test you gotta study for or an essay due Monday, don't go out. There are plenty of parties but there aren't plenty of opportunities for you to re-take tests or re-write essays.

9. However, don't let the stress of school interfere with your life.

You're going to get stressed out but don't let the stress take over your life. You need time to just chill out and hang out with your friends. Being stressed all the time isn't good for your well being. Have fun. It's not going to kill you.

10. Do what you want and don't let anyone influence your decisions.

No one actually cares about what you do in your free time. So don't let the fear of people judging you keep you from doing what you love. You gotta just do you.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

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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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.


I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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