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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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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