9 Anime GIFs That Accurately Describe My First Few Weeks of College

9 Anime GIFs That Accurately Describe My First Few Weeks of College

My life can only be summed up as a series of anime images

The first few weeks of college have been some of the most exciting, confusing, and humbling ones yet. I feel that there is only one way to completely and accurately express my range of experiences — through anime GIFs.

1. Auditioning for performing arts groups

This gif from Love Live! pretty much sums up all of the dance and a cappella groups that always avidly encourage new performers to audition every year. And although auditions take up quite a bit of time, they're super fun to go to and a great opportunity to make new friends.

2. Staying up late to do readings and problem sets

Takamiya Naho from Orange is actually me falling asleep in the middle of readings. I stay up so late to finish homework that I wake up a little disoriented even when I get my full eight hours.

3. Waking up and running late to class

...because you stayed up too late the night before doing homework. Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon), you are a seasoned veteran of running to class late daily.

4. Eating too much food at the dining halls

RoMa has really good food okay? You should have seen me on taco night with four full plates of tacos and as much delicious, savoury meat I could reasonably fit. My rate of food consumption rivals Kageyama Tobio's in Haikyuu's barbecue episode.

5. And finally eat some food that reminds you of home

My first bowl of instant ramen took my back to my lazy summer vacation days I spent at home. You can bet I ate them up in one gulp like Naruto.

6. Awkward exercising to avoid the Freshman Fifteen

This gif from Dragon Ball is a good reflection of the weird exercises I'll do in my dorm's common room. Unfortunately, the freshman fifteen is still very very real.

7. Even more awkward meetings with professors

I'm not the only person in awe of the pure genius that I get to interact with in the classroom on a daily basis, right? I get so nervous meeting these amazing, accomplished professors for the first time, that I feel as awkward as Maki Nishikino from Love Live! tripping over herself.

8. Relaxing for one day and being suddenly behind

I decided to chill for one weekend and suddenly, I found myself three units behind in all of my classes. Pikachu watering that flower is, in essence, me trying to catch up and understand just what is going on in physics class.

9. Having a really great new group of friends

But no matter how college starts for you, Princeton does a pretty good job of giving you tons of new friends through International Orientation, OA/CA trips, Zee groups, and clubs. Above is legit footage (from Spirited Away) of me and my new crew of great friends chilling in our free time.

Cover Image Credit: Keyword Suggestions

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

Cover Image Credit: Hannah Gabaldon

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Have It All Together

You are going to be OK.


Does life ever hit you so hard that the only thing you can do is laugh? Everything in life comes so fast. Days speed by and when you think back at the last three months all you can remember is how many dumb moments you've had and you've had no other choice than to laugh at yourself.

Your mistakes blend together and the only way you can organize your thoughts is going through all the pictures your friends have documented.

It's funny every once in a while but eventually, the laugh turns into a force of habit. You feel so stressed out about everything that you just opt into doing nothing to avoid all the responsibilities life throws at you.

I've come to find that who I used to be has become lost in who I am now and everything I do now is about pleasing other people around me. I find myself agreeing to do too many things at one time out of fear of disappointing other people, that I never have time to sit to myself.

You've turned into the person that does not think about what happens next, you just live life day by day and hope for the best.

You leave in the mornings with no sense of what that day is going to hold. You have turned into the person it is easy to make fun of and you learn to take it and roll with the everyday punches because you'd rather feel loved and associated with laughter than someone who can't take any jokes.

You feel pressured to uphold the clueless nature and please the people that enjoy your airhead presence but you know there is more to you than a stupid comment and a bad joke. You feel like you are getting lost in the stereotype you have formed for yourself and start believing the comments your friends make about you.

I promise, you are more than a bad joke, you have so much more to offer and you are not other people's words.

You are you, even if you don't know who that is yet. There is always time to change, there is always time to be who you want to be. You do not have to impress anyone, you can be whoever you want to be at any time you decide to be that person. You are in control of your own life and no one has any say in the decisions you make. It's never too late. Take a deep breath, be yourself, don't lose yourself, love yourself.

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