1. Omg, why am I so tired?
Remember all the days you slept past noon over the summer? Unfortunately, those days are long gone. Whether you have early morning sports practices, and 8 am class, or had to pull an all-nighter to write a paper for your Psychology class the sleep deprivation struggle is so real.
2. I have a paper for every class, including my statistics class
Don’t you miss high school when papers were only necessary for history and English class? The majority of homework in college is mostly reading and writing. Staring at your laptop for hours and trying to come up with an original thought can be next to impossible at times. When you hear your professor say, “10-12 page paper, due next week,” you want to curl up in a ball and pretend you heard him/her incorrectly.
3. Do I really have to eat at the dining hall again?
If you unfortunate enough to not have your car with you on campus, food options can seem slim to none, especially if you go to a small school with only one dining hall. You may have only been in school for a month but you already miss mom’s cooking or your favorite spots to eat at home. Delivery and trying to find someone with a car who will take you to get food will be your saving grace.
4. I don’t think I can read another word
The amount of reading done in college can seem overwhelming at times. When you have to read a 5-page article for class, multiple chapters of a novel, and review the last chapter in your textbook your eyes just want to stay permanently shut. Sometimes you can even mistake the important parts of your novel for College Writing with your notes from Psychology class.
5. Why does my hall always smell so weird?
No matter how many times you and your other hall mates spray Febreeze, there is always an odd smell in the hall. No one knows exactly where it’s coming from but everyone has their theories. You make sure to carry extra body spray on you so that you don’t end up picking up the smell.
6. Why is the wifi so bad?
No matter how many times you get emails on what tech support is doing to fix the wifi, it never works. It’ll be 11:58 and you're trying to submit your paper that’s due at 12:00 and of course the wifi won’t be cooperating. Oh, and are you trying to stream a game or a live tv show? Good luck with that.
7. Why does it cost money to do laundry?
The amount of money I already spend on tuition is off the charts so why am I being charged to do laundry? Especially if you’re an athlete, who doesn’t have team washes, the money can definitely start to add up. If you’re lucky, you live close enough to home so you can come home on weekends and do laundry.
8. I just took out the trash & now it’s suddenly full again.
With little trash cans in college, trash collects super quickly. If you eat in your room a decent amount, like I do, you collect even more trash. Hopefully, there is a dumpster near your dorm and you don’t have to walk all across campus to find one.
9. How am I supposed to remember everyone’s name?
After doing meet and greets in class for the first week, you think you would be able to remember people’s names. If you have a memory like mine you could have a full conversation with someone while forgetting their name at the same time. Even if you go to a small school, people look alike and names can be difficult to remember.
10. I’m somehow surviving, mostly thanks to coffee and my friends.
Even though the beginning of the year can always be difficult, you’re getting through it. Hopefully you have a good roommate and met some good friends who can help you destress. From exploring the area around your campus to even meeting in your room to do homework, your new friends are what are helping you get through. Coffee is also a God-sent and is getting you through those 8am classes.