1st Vs. 2nd Semester of Freshman Year
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

1st Vs. 2nd Semester of Freshman Year

So much will change.

1st Vs. 2nd Semester of Freshman Year
The Vanguard School

When I was a freshman in my second semester of college, I began to notice a ton of changes in how I acted and how I viewed college life in general. This seems to be the case with a lot of other freshmen I've befriended, so I decided to compile a list of everything that is drastically different during my second semester than it was in the first one. Some of these were definitely for the better, but some of them weren't so great. Let me know in the comments if you can relate to any of these!

First day of classes:

Fall—ready to start the day and your college education!

Spring—already looking forward to the next break.


Fall—making sure you look nice for classes and trying really hard to look extra great when going out.

Spring—wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt around campus, throwing on whatever the hell you think looks good to go out, and not caring what anyone else thinks in general.

Going to a house party:

Fall—nervously looking around, dancing awkwardly, and trying not to spit out the disgusting beer.

Spring—showing up right on time, heading straight for the beer keg, dancing like no one is watching, and having the time of your life.

Stress level:

Fall—not too stressed, manages time well, and feels good about school and social life.

Spring—stressed out about everything.


Fall—going to the dining hall 3 times a day, trying to maintain a semi-healthy diet, and only having healthy snacks in your room.

Spring—only going to the dining hall once or twice a day, giving up on your healthy diet, and hoarding junk food and sodas in your room as snacks.

School Work:

Fall—getting ahead in all your classes, getting assignments done at least a full day before they’re due, and writing all your homework in an agenda.

Spring—writing an entire essay 12 hours before it’s due, missing a few homework assignments, and forgetting to write stuff in your agenda, therefore forgetting that it’s due and not doing it.

Spending Money:

Fall—planning to spend as little money as possible, rarely taking cash out of your account, only spending it when you absolutely have to, and taking advantage of all the free stuff you can find.

Spring—still taking advantage of all the free stuff you can find but also thinking “I spent no money last semester, I can afford to spend some now” and buying everything you come across that’s on sale.

Communicating with Professors:

Fall—sending a very well planned out and articulated email, spell checking, and editing it until it’s perfect.

Spring—sending an email with the assignment attached and nothing else.

Campus Locations:

Fall—calling every building by its full name.

Spring—calling everything by its nickname.


Fall—trying desperately to find new friends and people to hang out with.

Spring—being happy with the few friends you do have, getting annoyed at everyone, and longing for alone time in your room.

Going to classes:

Fall—arriving 15 minutes early to each class, staying attentive, taking great notes, and going over them after class.

Spring—gradually beginning to skip every class that doesn't have a strict attendance policy and sometimes accidentally zoning out for an entire hour and 15 minute class.

Living in a dorm:

Fall—loving your new room and the entire building, and overlooking the few problems that it may have.

Spring—looking forward to the day you can choose to live in another building and noticing every single problem that arises such as a creaky door, mold in the showers, a bug problem, a major draft, and gross drinking water.

Social Status:

Fall—constantly remembering that you’re only a freshman and should yield to the upperclassmen.

Spring—acting like you own this school and looking at the constant tours coming through campus thinking, “Aw, look at those little high school babies; those were the days, man.”

General Attitude:

Fall—so excited to start this next chapter of your life!

Spring—when is the last day of classes again?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ready or not, here come the holidays, friends, and if you're as obsessed with the spirit of the season as I am, you are much more ready than not. Thanks to Hallmark Channel's Monopoly game making it possible to celebrate all year long, you can be ready now, too!

Keep Reading... Show less
Stephanie Tango

The pandemic has been in our world for more than half of 2020 and people are still acting stupid. If anything, they're getting stupider. They think that the virus is gone. It's not. Stop going to frat parties. Stop trying to go places without a mask. I wish things were normal, too. They're not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Kai Parlett

In the summer of 2017, 20 type 1 diabetics completed a 10-week 4,000+ mile bike ride from New York to California. They biked against the advice of doctors, family, and friends. Many were skeptical that people with diabetes could complete such a physically challenging trip without putting themselves in danger due to their disease.

Keep Reading... Show less

That's right, you heard that correctly: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich called off their engagement after the couple originally announced their engagement in July after beginning to date in March.

Keep Reading... Show less

Demi Lovato's Called-Off Engagement Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Taking Our Time In Relationships

While this may be another hardship she sadly has to endure, I know she will find a way to inspire and help others through it.


I am heartbroken.

Keep Reading... Show less

We all love a good ol' sappy Christmas movie and this year, the Hallmark Channel is finally giving us what we want: diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Seasonal Depression Is Real And It Deserves Our Attention

Check in on your friends throughout the winter season, it can be brutal.


As we transition seasons and enter the last few months of the year, some are feeling grand about this natural shift. But that doesn't mean everyone is thrilled that the weather is cooling down — it's important to extend your knowledge to the phenomenon that is seasonal depression.

The lack of sunlight during the later seasons of the year, beginning with autumn, triggers a state of depression for about 15% of the population. This results in the lack of serotonin provided by the sun, causing it to be hard for some to do a lot of the things that would normally be deemed simple tasks to do during the earlier times in the year like getting out of bed, showering, going to work/school, etc. A major difference is an intense need for sleep similar to a hibernation effect.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

September Is Suicide Awareness Month, But Mental H​ealth Is An Everyday Discussion

Mental illnesses deserve our attention 365 days a year.


September is Suicide Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, further educate yourself, and remember the reality that mental illnesses present. Yet it's critical to understand that suicide awareness is not an annual Instagram hashtag to use and forget. Actively advocating for mental health resources, progress in education, and a broken stigma is an everyday ask — an activity that we can each participate in.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments