100 Things I Learned My Freshman Year Of College

100 Things I Learned My Freshman Year Of College

“I live at the lib” is a coined term.
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1. Diets don’t work

2. No drama from high school matters anymore, and it should never have

3. Nothing is as good as a home cooked meal

4. It’s best to talk to people when you need to get something off your chest

5. I didn’t need to know my major and have my life planned ahead of me so far in advance

6. I like to be alone a lot

7. My handwriting isn’t as nice as I thought it was (found this out in lectures where professors speak too fast)

8. I spend too much spare time on social media

9. Walking is a beautiful thing

10. Keeping my room clean is necessary but wasn’t always done

11. Coffee and water can save your life

12. Soda is a drink from the devil and I dropped drinking it (finally listened, mom)

13. My dorm bed will never be comfortable

14. Nothing will ever be more comfortable than my bed back home

15. Dogs really are a form of therapy

16. My homework still doesn’t get done until the deadline (didn’t actually learn from doing this)

17. Netflix is needed

18. In a library, no reading or checking out of books really happens

19. Fish are good pets (when you’re deprived of all other pets not allowed in dorms)

20. Becoming friends with people who work in the café has its perks

21. I really love/ hate elevators

22. I can be friends with anyone who is different than me, similarities or differences don’t define our friendship

23. I really need a job

24. my school has more resources than I could ever imagine (thankful for that)

25. I can actually live in a box if I wanted to (since college forced me to)

26. I don’t need to wear makeup every day and I’ll be OK

27. I need more long sleeve T’s and athletic shorts cause that’s about all I wear now

28. How to wake up 30 minutes before class and make it on time (an everyday thing)

29. Making time to Facetime/call friends and family is a need

30. Group chats with friends from home and talking in them daily does wonders for your friendship

31. Getting involved is scary but so beneficial

32. I waste so much money on fast food

33. I waste too much money in general

34. Talking to my suitemates/roommate every day made college easier

35. I can wear what I want no one’s opinions, comments or actions will stop me

36. My mom was probably right (many different scenarios)

37. I have never felt creepier online before but that’s how you meet people these days

38. I still don’t have a Linked in (maybe I’ll learn that my sophomore year)

39. No matter how many times I say I’m going to the gym today, I don’t

40. It’s nearly impossible to eat healthy in the café

41. Cereal is an important meal

42. A lot of people are very passive and I am direct

43. I learned what a feminist actually was and can agree I am one finally

44. Don’t discuss topics you’re not familiar with, look them up

45. Women and Gender’s courses aren’t that bad

46. Math is still very bad, and still very pointless for my major

47. Being a kiss up to professors in college is good

48. Rate my professor is a gift from the gods

49. Councilors in high school are very different than the ones in college (College councilors won’t help you make your schedule)

50. It always pays off to be nice

51. I actually like when strangers smile at me

52. Spotify premium is premium

53. Laundry, I learned how to do laundry and it’s not bad

54. Misplacing my shower shoes is a literal nightmare

55. Hats are a key accessory

56. Polaroid pictures capture the best memories

57. Taking videos, or at least snap videos are always fun to look back at

58. Rain jackets and umbrellas do wonders

59. Skipping class because of bad weather makes you lazy, I’m lazy

60. I have so much free time but always complain about being so busy

61. The weather app has become one of my most used apps

62. I need more socks (because mine are all dirty or disappear)

63. Girls aren’t so catty (knock on wood but so far so good)

64. Once I stopped lifting girls up and not tearing them down I became happier

65. I will always want endless back rubs

66. Bringing a pillow/blankets to the library is socially acceptable (as many students claim they live there)

67. “I live at the lib” is a coined term.

68. Ordering food to the library makes you an asshole but a smart asshole

69. Condoms are everywhere (shout out to practicing safe sex I guess)

70. Giving my phone to someone else while doing homework gets work done

71. Becoming close with my roommate was the key reasoning in why my year went so smoothly

72. Always do the extra credit if you have the opportunity

73. Having slip on shoes is key

74. Makeup remover should be used every night

75. Every human being cries

76. Group projects still suck but they got even suckier

77. I should have never dropped Spanish in high school

78. Making friends with people in your classes will make them much easier

79. There’s always going to be someone you don’t like and the beauty of college is you don’t have to be by them or ever see them.

80. I never want to host a party

81. People are generally not very smart while intoxicated

82. $2 tacos are my new favorite meal

83. Not having a car is a lot easier than I thought it would be

84. Wearing sunglasses to class is still weird (I think, not sure though)

85. I need to put lotion in my backpack (this is actually a reminder since I never learned to do this)

86. Purchasing a nice water bottle is so worth it, you will use it every day and thank yourself

87. Your family/friends at home would probably love an update on your life at any given point

88. It’s OK to do things you want to do even if others don’t agree with them

89. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, especially on the weekends

90. People watching is such a thrill

91. Volunteering is so easy to do

92. It’s not OK to BS homework especially papers

93. The dorm showers don’t clean themselves and should be cleaned more than once each semester

94. Parka season is actually about 7 out of 9 months

95. I should have taken stuff home little by little so move out was easier

96. It’s OK to order pizza again if you really want pizza

97. Professors are willing to work with you if you are willing to work with them

98. There is no one you need to impress but yourself

99. I have an amazing support system

100. I live a pretty good life.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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This piece is intended to be a satire of an experience at Coachella.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.
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I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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