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

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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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Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

3. Wow this queen bed is so big

*cue sleeping in a starfish position*

4. Finally a bedroom to myself

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5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again

"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?

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7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"

*Snoring*

"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together

*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:

Mom: "HOW DARE YOU LEAVE THIS HOUSE WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION! YOU LIVE UNDER OUR ROOF AND WILL ABIDE BY OUR RULES."

*Asks*:

Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?

Probably.

*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

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I can't even begin to fathom that my freshman year of college is over. Everything got done on time and I pulled it off without turning into a complete and utter mess. This year was full of new people, experiences, hardships, triumphs, and laughs. To be perfectly honest, I couldn't have done it without my roommates.

I don't have any siblings, so I've never had to share a living space. Going from my own room to a triple seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. But somehow, you were both patient with me and you turned something I was dreading into something I loved going home to.

Our room has turned into my favorite place on campus. I know it isn't perfect. I'm still messy, and we're three people living in a room built for two, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love how our styles blended perfectly and you can see all of our personalities shine through all of our posters and paintings (My favorite thing ever is when people come in and tell us how much they love our room).

You two have become my rock(s). You've been there for me through the craziness of the year, the highs and the lows. You've seen me at my best and my worst, and you still love me. Not to be dramatic, but when you both moved out I felt like a piece of me went with you. Being in three different states is so weird. Going to bed without you two to chat with is so strange. Waking up to an empty room is what I've done for 18 years, but somehow, it feels different now.

I'm not trying to be dramatic, but you two are the closest I have to siblings. Things weren't perfect all of the time. We had our disagreements and differences. But no matter what, I always knew we had each other's backs. I loved our spontaneous jam sessions and late night talks. Even though we won't live together next year, I fully expect to see you both often and I'll always make time to hear about your day.

What I'm really trying to say is thank you. Thank you for becoming such an integral part of my freshman year, and of my life. Thank you for helping me make big decisions (because you know I hate making decisions) and for being there for me when things didn't go according to plan. Thank you for turning our room into my comfort zone and my home away from home.

I don't know what I'm going to do when I don't get to see you two every day. Having to walk across campus to hang out is going to be an adjustment, but know that I'll always be down for movie nights, jam sessions, trips to Target, or just hanging out pretending to do work.

I don't know what the next three years have in store, but I know I can do anything with you by my side.

(109 We So Fine forever)

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