30 Things That Will Probably Happen To You Your First Year At SDSU

30 Things That Will Probably Happen To You Your First Year At SDSU


Most freshmen going into their first year at college have no idea what to expect. Sure, they might think that classes will get harder and parties will get crazier, but truth is, they have no idea what’s in store for them.

Every college freshmen at schools far and wide will each have a

uniquely different first year experience. But at SDSU in particular, there are things that will probably happen to you your first year. This list is to help prepare you. Batten down the hatches, kiddies.

1. Party. Sure, we all know that SDSU kids party. But most of us don’t really understand the true meaning or the scale of parties until we go to SDSU. Expect to have a lot of fun. 

2. Take the trolley. And most likely hate it. And bemoan the fact that your parents don’t spoil you enough to get you a car your first year of college. But also be smug about the fact that SDSU has a trolley stop at our school while UCSD and USD don’t. 

3. See some sort of concert at the Open Air Theater. Most likely the free/$10 Greenfest concerts. 

4. Get really annoyed by canvassers. They’re everywhere and they’ll try to talk you into giving money to some poor children. You won’t, but they’ll make sure you feel guilty every time you walk past them in the most highly trafficked areas on campus. 

5. Eat at Olive Oil. And disillusion yourself for about 30 minutes that hey, maybe you can eat healthy at college. Realize your mistake later that evening when you scarf down 2 bags of Cheetos and a donut. 

6. Sit by the Koi Pond. And look at all the little fishies and turtles, and relax and enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of campus. 

7. Walk down Montezuma super late at night for the first time and feel really sketched out. This won’t last. Sooner or later you’ll be strutting down these streets like you own them, (which may or may not be a good thing.) 

8. Eat at Trujillos. And be very happy. 

9. Get addicted to Shake Smart. One day, you’ll come out of the gym post workout (or post staring at people’s butts and texting), and you’ll come across Shake Smart. This is how it starts. No one knows how, or if, it ends. 

10. Take a picture at Hepner Hall. It’s the most iconic image of our school and it’s definitely a better contribution to your Instagram than another selfie.   

11. Go to the ER. Hate to break it to you kids, but the ER is a pretty common destination for the average freshman. Try to avoid it, but don’t panic if you find yourself there. Believe me, you won’t be the only freshman to do so. 

12. Go to the 24-hour area of the Love Library. And spend an unhealthy amount of time there subsisting solely on caffeine. 

13. Take a class that is SO easy. Comm 103 anyone?

14. Take a class that is freaking hard. Chem 200 and Stats 119

15. Have a near death encounter. With the bike lane. 

16. Attempt to workout. SDSU has a disproportionate number of fit people, and inevitably you will attempt to be one of them. Whether or not you succeed is up to you. 

17. Have a major related crisis when you realize that your major is completely unemployable or that you hate what you do. Expect 3 or 4 of these. 

18. Interact with people of the opposite (or same) sex. Have fun. 

19. Find a friend with the "fat kid" meal plan and go to cuic after a late night. You probably won’t enjoy the food, but for some reason you’ll keep coming back. 

20. Actually pretend you're sick to avoid going out 4 nights a week. Instead, you watch Netflix in bed. 

21. Hang out with some people that you’ll later realize totally suck. 

22. Find other people that are really great. 

23. Go to the Aquaplex. The Aquaplex is actually great, and this is where you’ll realize that you actually go to school at a resort. You’ll remember that that’s not actually the case when you walk into West Commons. 

24. Subsist on Starbucks and attempt to convince yourself that it is a meal. Particularly because it’s on the meal plan. We have three Starbucks on campus, and one of them is prettier than you are. Chances are you’ll spend more time in Starbucks than you will at the gym. 

25. Have exceptionally awkward interactions with literally every person you don't want to see. For such a big school, you wouldn’t expect to run into people all the time. But you will, excessively frequently.  

26. Actually study. SDSU is the epitome of work hard, play hard.  

27. Deal with the endless struggles that come with being forced to have a twin bed. Along with barely being able to not fall off on your own, this makes overnight guests less enjoyable. 

28. Have a lot of those 2am “What is the meaning of life" conversations. Actually contemplate the meaning of life. 

29. Make friends in the bathroom. When you make a friend in a SDSU dorm bathroom, you know it’s real. 

30. Have the time of your freaking life.

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I wish it was that easy for me.

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I'm beginning to realize that, essentially, everything is temporary. Our jobs, relationships, homes, and feelings are not going to be the same for the entire duration of our lives. So why spend so much time worrying about the inevitability of change? It's imperative to learn to embrace the constant flow of life and use it to your advantage. All of these experiences are molding you into the person you're supposed to be. It's so easy to hold onto things you've been close to for a long time, and it's extremely hard to say goodbye to them. Especially if you're someone who values routine and structure.

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Karma is a fundamental concept of Buddhism, but compassion and understanding are the fundamental concepts for a long and happy life.

I am a practicing Buddhist. Yes, I'm that annoying person whose house always smells like those stores in the mall that sell swords, hoodies that look hand-woven but probably aren't, and hemp jewelry. Why would a white American college student practice Buddhism? Simple: the teachings of the Buddha have helped me overcome some of the greatest struggles I've ever had to endure. Keeping those teachings in mind has aided me in my efforts to manage my PTSD, keep a level head when my job at a fast food place makes me want to tear my hair out, and most importantly, it has helped me forgive those who have wronged me.

There is a central concept of Buddhism that everyone is familiar with, and that is the concept of karma; good karma, bad karma, everyone has heard of it. At least in the Buddhist tradition that I practice, intentional decisions we make will impact our cycle of rebirth. I believe this to be true. However, I don't like karma. More specifically, I don't like bad karma. I believe it exists, just as good karma does, but I do not agree with it. My reasoning?

My high school bullies.

I was bullied all throughout my childhood and adolescence to the point where I was suicidal at times. Recent events, namely, the shooting in Parkland have made me think deeply about my high school experience. Once a school shooting occurs, fingers are pointed in all sorts of directions to try and find a reason why such a tragedy would occur. Gun control, mental illness, and bullying are all topics of debate. I am of the belief that it is ease of access to firearms that contributes the most to these tragedies, but that is not what this piece is about.

My mom never kept guns in the house. Ever. But if she had, would I have taken my revenge and shot the people who made my life a living hell?

No. I wouldn't have.

Chances are, the first and only person I would have used a firearm on would have been myself.

As much pain as I was in at the time, and as heavy as the weight of that pain is even today, I still would not wish harm to those who caused it to me. My mom always tells me, "Those people will get their just rewards. I promise." But I don't want that. What kind of person would I be if I wanted those people to suffer? I would be no better than they are.

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Why did you think it was okay to say, "Go kill yourself." to someone? Why was I the one you thought deserved to be treated like shit? What did I ever do to make you hate me? Because no one says the kinds of things that you said to someone they don't hate with a passion?

To anyone who once knew me, who might be reading this and thinking it might be about them, chances are it probably is. So I want you to know something.

I don't hate you. I never did. I didn't hate you when I was angry, I didn't hate you when I was sad. I didn't hate you in any of the moments I probably could and should have. I don't want you to suffer. I don't want bad karma to come to you. It pains me to see that for some of you, it already has.

All I want for those who have intentionally hurt me in the past is to see that they have changed for the better. I want to know that they regret what they did because it was wrong, not because karma has come knocking. I have learned to be kind because I know how it feels to be the victim of someone else's cruelty. I want the same for the people who committed those acts of cruelty.

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