5 Tips For Incoming Resident Freshmen

5 Tips For Incoming Resident Freshmen

College is what YOU make of it.

Now that I am not a freshmen resident anymore there are a lot of things I wish I knew before dorming. This is to any high school seniors now that might need some advice before late August or early September so they can adjust to the dorming life better.

1. Picking Classes

Make sure you do not pick early morning classes, or at least try to avoid them as best as you can. You might think you are a morning person because you wake up at 7:00 and go on a bus or drive to school, but I promise you that will change. Once you realize that waking up early is not mandatory, you will want to have the freedom of sleeping in. Having that freedom is a privilege though so make sure the afternoon classes are not full and register for classes EARLY!

2. Dorming paperwork

Make sure that while you fill out any type of important paperwork for school it is all on time. Make sure you pay bills on time like housing, meal plans, class bills, etc on time so you know everything and there are no surprises.

3. Decorating your room

Remember to not use tape on your wall! Go to stores and get hooks for pictures or use thumb tacks for tapestry, taking tape off walls is not easy and that was my mistake, personally. Make sure when you move out that you are careful with taking pins out of walls you do not want to have to pay for damage.

4. Pack a lot of clothes and food

I know in high school it’s fun to wear cute jeans and a nice shirt but do not be shocked if you notice you are wearing sweats more often than ever. It is normal to not feel compelled to dress up, especially since you will only be in one or two classes a day. For food, bring snacks but also try and pack small meals (microwave macaroni and cheese or ramen). You will get hungry at night and even though snacks are nice to have during the day eating, at night is something you will start doing even if the meals are not huge. Depending on the school you go to campus cafeterias may close early (especially on the weekends) and you might not have money for takeout. It is nice to have back up meals so you are not going to bed on an empty stomach.

5. Don't forget to have fun!

You are dorming away from home. Get involved, be responsible, and have fun. College is the best time of your life, minus the endless amounts of papers and finals. You only get to do this once in your life and after my first semester away from home, I enjoyed every minute of it. I was very grateful that my roomies were fun and that I made plenty of new friends, too!

No matter if you dorm or commute, college is what YOU make of it. So do your homework, go to classes, try your best, and have fun. The typical “college experience” is a cliche term; college is an experience and it is all about what you make of it. Get involved and have fun, but do not forget to buckle down and be serious when you know you need to be.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.

As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

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10 Ways English Majors Are Figuratively, NOT Literally, Ted Mosby

To write or to read, that is the question all English majors must face when working on homework.


Rather you're an English major or lit major or a writing major, there are a few things that we all have in common. And if you watched "How I Met Your Mother," you probably related to Ted Mosby more than you wished to.

1. Restraining yourself for correct people's text


It's you're not your and it irritates me to no end.

2. Not understanding the difference between an English major and an English writing or English literature major


My friend from another school is an English major and I'm an English writing major. I still don't know what the difference is.

3. Having one grammar rule that you care a lot about


Whether it be "your vs. you're," "affect vs. effect," or "literally vs. figuratively," there's a good chance you go crazy throughout your day.

4. Writer's block


Especially because your grade counts on it. Although, it won't be fun when it turns into your job depending on it.

5. Having to write all genres in one class


Even though you prefer one genre and hate the others.

I don't care for nonfiction tbh.

6. Workshops


Not your best moments.

7. Knowing how impossible it is to have a favorite book


It's like picking a favorite child... but worse.

8. Feeling bad when you forget grammar rules


Are you even an English major???

9. People telling you your major is the easiest one


I get it, but at the same time, we can have a lot of work to do. We just drown in papers, reading assignments, research projects, presentations and portfolios. I still prefer it to exams and labs.

10. Figuring out life


Honestly, there's too many things I want to do for a career and I can't pick AND each one is under my major. It is a nice problem to have. But hey I can run away from making a choice until the time comes.

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