27 Friends GIFs That Describe The First Semester Of College

27 Friends GIFs That Describe The First Semester Of College

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The first quarter (or semester for the majority of you) is almost over! With this being my first year, I thought I'd describe what me and my friends are discovering during our first year of college.

Here's 25 'Friends' GIFs that describe the first semester of college:

1. Moving in is harder than you expect.

You either bring more than you can fit, not enough, or your room doesn't turn out anything like you had planned in your head

2. You either get homesick or you don't.

Some people don't really get homesick, and that's ok- they probably just miss the people, but not the place. Others get homesick right away- and that's ok also.

3. Living with someone else can be a little weird.

You either got to pick them, request them, or it was a complete surprise. Either way, sharing a small space can be a little weird and you learn a lot about them.

4. Making new friends can be hard.

Especially for us out-of-state people. We most likely don't know anyone there, so be friendly and help us out

5. If you're out-of-state, learning your way around a new place.

You literally know you will get lost even with GPS and it's better to take a local with you

6. Also not having a car.

It sucks and you'll probably have to learn to take public transportation

7. Also not getting to do laundry at home.

It's expensive to do laundry, and there will always be that one person who has never done laundry in their life.

8. Also not getting to go home on the weekends.

Which is exactly the reason you're doing laundry at school and can't get things you forgot and bring the extra stuff back that you didn't need

9. Also getting used to a new environment

It's usually the complete opposite of where you used to live

10. Trying to take advantage of all things FREE.

Free food- we're there. Free samples of anything- we'll take it. Free money- thanks!

11. Handling a different workload.

Some people have more homework, some have less. Learning to deal with that is important for success

12. Learning about new cultures.

Different states have different cultures. You'll meet international students. Learn the culture and embrace it! You're bound love something about it.

13. Actually having to get a job.

Mom and dad are paying for college, so you have to pay for everything else. Good luck!

14. Everyone gets sick at the same time.

Literally, not joking. Everyone. At. The. Same. Time.

15. Going out and doing things are important.

Staying in all the time and never going to any of the cool places around your area will eventually drive you insane.

16. Being responsible with your time.

You can sleep in and skip class, or go and make sure you learn something and sleep after.

17. Sharing a floor with like 30 other people.

Dorm halls are interesting and put you in a small are with around 20-30 other people. You will share a bathroom, a kitchen, and probably clothes at some point. But, you will bond.

18. Cooking is all up to you.

No more home-cooked meals made by mom or dad. If you want to cook, it's up to you. That, or you use your meal plan and go to the dining hall.

19. Handling your own money.

You can't blow it all like you used to. You have to save it for plane tickets, an uber, food, materials for school projects, etc.

20. Wanting to sleep all the time or not at all.

Sleeping seems to always be of the upmost importance or you try to see how long you can go without it

21. Having no idea what classes to register for next semester.

Let's face it- most of us are usually clueless. Thanks, advisors!

22. Adding a bunch of new people on social media

You will meet a bunch of people, you will add them on every social media account you own, and yes -- you can deny their friend request.

23. Learning to keep a small space clean.

You could've been one of the messiest people ever, but now the site of everything on the floor disgusts you

24. Realizing plane tickets are expensive AF and you may not be home for Thanksgiving.

It'll happen at least once during your 4 years in college for us out-of-state kids.

25. Relationships either are or aren't a thing.

People are either breaking up, starting to date, are just hooking up, don't want to date, or came to college in a relationship.

26. Meeting people with the same interests as you.

It feels like the coolest thing to meet people with the same interests- no matter how weird, unknown, or popular they are.

27. Midterms and finals suck more than they did in high school.

But you survive. Just make sure to study

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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The Definitive Guide To Your Crappy Hometown Bar This Summer

Good luck, buddy. You're gonna need it.

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It's got some ridiculously Irish name like Paddy O'Finnegan's or Murphy's and the lighting sucks. All the bartenders look like ex-cons, but you know them and their girlfriends by name. The drinks are overpriced, the floors are sticky, the bathroom walls are covered in profanity and phone numbers. The patrons are either scary, bearded townies or 17-year-olds with fake IDs. It's where you grew up, it's where you felt like an adult for the very first time in your life. It's your hometown bar, and you always seem to love it until you're actually there.

It's summer now, and chances are, you won't have much else to do than sit down in a booth with some friends and a pitcher while you wait for the school year to roll back around. Your hometown bar can get tricky very quickly. Because while it can be fun to catch up with your group of friends from home, it can rehash some long-gone stuff that you definitely could have done without.

Being the gracious and generous human I am, I've created a definitive guide, just for you, to navigate the sticky situations you might encounter during a night out at said hometown bar. You can thank me later. Good luck out there, my brave soldier. And remember it's never that serious — you'll be back at school in no time.

1. Pregame, pregame, pregame 

A very old and wise man named Chief Keef once said that he hates being sober. You must take this advice to heart tonight. You are going to see things beyond your wildest dreams, things that will make you wish you were born without eye sockets. You will need to harness the power of alcohol more than ever before. Use it as your armor. Use it as your guide. Use it so you won't have to walk into the bar, see everyone that went to your high school, spend 15 minutes hysterically having an asthma attack in the restroom, and leave immediately.

2. Avoid the high school seniors 

You're going to walk in and immediately wonder who let this establishment turn into a McDonald's Playplace. Yeah, I'd say it's a pretty universally awkward experience when you see the kids you used to babysit taking pulls of Skye and grinding on each other like the world is about to end. Keep it cool, though, and remember that this was once you and your friends, way back when. As a general rule of thumb, avoid anyone with braces.

3. Sometimes it's okay to lie 

"Wow, I didn't even realize I unfriended you on Facebook, must have been a total accident!" "You look amazing! I barely even noticed the meth teeth." "Yeah, I have a few internships lined up right now, it's just a matter of choosing." "I missed you! Let's get lunch sometime and catch up." "I swear, I never hooked up with your boyfriend sophomore year."

4. Don't go home with your old flame 

Want to know where you'll end up? I'll tell you. Hooking up with the person you lost your virginity to on your twin-sized mattress while your old Harry Styles posters watch in disappointment and your parents sleep in the next room over. Those walls are thin, Mamacita.

5. Keep it classy!

If you fall off a table, everyone and their mothers will know the next day. Remember that you simply can't get away with doing some of the stupid stuff that's acceptable at your Big Ten party school. Literally, just calm down, pace yourself, and strike up some good conversation with old buddies. Steer clear of the group of girls bawling in the corner of the bar about how much they missed each other. Don't be that person.

6. Honestly, just enjoy yourself 

If you're an anxious wreck like me (and you are, even if you're good at hiding it), I know that going back in time a few years can be a bit unappealing. Remember that you're spending the night out for a reason — and that's to have a great time! The friends from home you've kept over the years are true ones, and they love you. Even if you didn't have a high school experience from an 80s movie, remember that running into certain people isn't the end of the world. Everyone is in the same situation as you are.

7. Don't give your parents a heart attack, remember to come home at a reasonable time 

This isn't like back at school where you can pass out in a literal ditch at 8 p.m. and wake up to zero text messages. If you're still living under your parents' roof, you should probably have the decency to be a somewhat good child. Your parents do a lot for you. Don't forget about them!

When summer gets boring and you miss going out, you know where to go. Your hometown bar sucks, but it sucks in a bittersweet way in that it will always hold a special little place in your heart.

Seriously, though, next summer you should probably get a job.

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