13 Important Things Incoming Freshmen College Girls Need to Know

13 Important Things Incoming Freshmen College Girls Need to Know

It is okay to be nervous.


1.Who you are in high school now has no importance.

No one cares if you were captain of the cheer team, or voted most likely to sleep in class. You can be who you want to be and start all over from a clean slate.

2. Capri Suns may not be filled with just your favorite childhood juice.

In fact, never take a drink from something that you have no idea what is in it. Be smart if you do plan on drinking in college because boys can trick any drink filled with alcohol to taste like your favorite childhood juice.

3. The mistakes you make your freshman year of college will follow you for the rest of your college career.

You have a new slate yes, but you can't just #freshmenyear on your mistakes during the first fraternity parties you make and expect everyone to forget about them. You are beginning your reputation right when you go to college, so make it one that you will be proud of your senior year.

4. If a guy asks you to go on a "walk" during a party, he doesn't want to have a deep conversation in private (usually).

He also doesn't need to show you a cool room or something upstairs. Always stay near big groups of people if you have no desire to hookup with anyone, and trust no boy no matter how blue his eyes are.

5. Just because boys are in college and are adults does not make them mature.

In fact, you are about to witness some of the most immature boys of your life. Beware of this and the manipulation their words can bring. Always look for the best in people; but at the same time, always wait for actions and proof of their authenticity before trusting them with your heart.

6. You will gain weight.

Five pounds is not the end of the world though. Try to get on a good workout schedule to prevent too much weight gain.

7. Be real.

By college, no one cares if you are quirky and smart, or loud and outgoing anymore; they care if you are authentic. Most people can see right through those who are pretending to be something they are not.

8. Stop looking for a relationship and being desperate for one.

When you get to college you probably think there's a possibility you will find the one who will be your ring by spring. Yes that could happen, but more times than not, it doesn't. Yes you want a boyfriend but searching for one is not when you will find one. You will find a good boy when you least expect it, and you usually find jerks when you are desperately looking for one.

9. It is okay to be nervous.

Everyone is nervous when they leave all that they have ever known in their hometown to go to college for the first time. There is no use in denying it. Talk to older friends, older siblings, even that random girl on your soccer team who goes to the school you will be attending in August.

10. If you plan on rushing, don't buy t-shirts before you come to college.

When you arrive, there's about 50 XL Comfort Color t-shirts waiting for you, so you should just wait for them.

11. College is harder than you think.

You will be challenged academically and you will spend nights in the library, but learn to not procrastinate and to study rather than memorize information like you did in high school. College is also emotionally harder than you think and will not be perfect, or how you imagined it. You will have times when you feel lonely; you also will have times when you feel like you went to the wrong school, but have faith in God's overall plan and let Him prove to you why He placed you were He did.

12. Classy never goes out of style.

Have respect for yourself through your morals so that your future mother-in-law would be proud to show you off to her whole family. Be the person that you want your future daughter to be, and the person that you want your future son to date.

13. Listen to my grandma's advice: always remember who you are, where you are from, and what you represent.

If you carry that with you from move in day until graduation, you will be set.

Enjoy your final moments of high school, and your last summer with your childhood friends. You will be on to bigger and better things.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.


I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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