54 Things I Wish I Knew In My Freshmen Year Of College
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54 Things I Wish I Knew In My Freshmen Year Of College

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54 Things I Wish I Knew In My Freshmen Year Of College

It was the best of times, and the of worst times -- yes people, freshman year. Whether college is a great experience or just another four years of your life, we can all agree that there were some things we would have been better off knowing before entering our freshman year residence hall.

1. It’s totally fine to miss home.

2. You don’t have to join Greek life. It will not make you less of a presence on campus.

3. It’s OK to lose contact with high school friends.

4. You do not need to bring everything you own with you.

5. Join as many clubs as you can; stop being afraid of meeting new people.

6. Always start your work early. Nothing is worse than being behind in a class.

7. Make friends with your teachers! They’ll come in handy when you need recommendations for graduate school.


9. Receiving a B is not the end of the world. You have more semesters to come.

10. There is a gym on campus for a reason, go to it.

11. Intern! Intern! Intern! This is your chance to network while finding out what you want to do with your life.

12. You might love your roommate.

13. No. 12 doesn’t always happen. Be prepared to not hit the roomie jackpot.

14. “Floorcest” is a NO. Do not make things weird.

15. Take that party picture off the Internet. It may seem cute and fun at the time, but it will come back to haunt you.

16. Are you really going to let that boy come between you and your friend? Think about that one for a bit.

17. Trust me, you do not know your tolerance.

18. Your friends are going out, but you have that paper. Stay in and do it, your liver and GPA will thank you.

19. PRESS SAVE. Hell hath no fury like a lost term paper.

20. Pick a major you love. It is a ton of hours dedicated to one field, so make sure you enjoy it.

21. Make time to read.

22. Do not buy that book; rent it. Trust me.

23. GPA matters but so do interpersonal skills. Sharpen those while you have time.

24. Just because he gives you attention does not by any means mean that he likes you or respects you.

25. Take pictures, you’ll want them later on.

26. Call your parents. They’ll appreciate it and you know you like hearing their voices.

27. The cafeteria food is not good for you, make an effort to be healthy.

28. Keep on top of your laundry. Nothing is worse than getting dressed for class only to realize you have no underwear left.

29. Just because you don’t talk to your friends from home every day does not mean they don’t care about you.

30. You do not have to go out every weekend, you friends will still be there next week if you don’t.

31. While having a significant other can be great, keep in mind that this is time for personal growth.

32. Bring your own drinks to parties, you’re better off with that than with the jungle juice.

33. Don’t be afraid to take classes that don’t go towards your major. You have elective credits for a reason.

34. Proofread your papers. College professors are not like your high school teachers. Don’t hand in trash.

35. The freshmen 15 is real and unforgiving.

36. Study abroad! It will be much harder to travel in the years to come.

37. Stay away from the pizza place at 2 a.m. You don’t need the cheese or the carbs.

38. Caffeine and alcohol are NEVER a good idea.

39. Your RA is not your enemy.

40. Save money. It is in college where you learn that it does not grow on trees.

41. Coffee is a lifesaver; however, substitute a few cups with water.

42. All-nighters are bound to happen, just don’t make a habit out of it.

43. Netflix and chill is NOT a valid date.

44. Buy a planner, you will actually use it.

45. Don’t be afraid to learn how to cook, you won’t have your meal plan forever.

46. Communal bathrooms are not as scary as you think, just beware of frequent hair balls.

47. Just because everyone says college is the best four years of your life, doesn’t mean it is going to be.

48. "Blue Mountain" and "GREEK" are not a true representation of college.

49. Use your absences wisely, you’re going to need them when you’re actually sick.

50. Midterms and finals week are as traumatizing as the BuzzFeed article make them seem.

51. If you have not mastered writing or speaking professionally, GET ON THAT.

52. It is true, the friends you make at college are some of the best people you will ever meet.

53. Don’t be afraid to wear your PJs to class.

54. Enjoy your time, it doesn’t last forever.

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