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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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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