I Have Changed Since Starting College... Shocking

I Have Changed Since Starting College... Shocking

Sweats? No thanks...

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I used to think that I would never change. The image I made for myself in high school was the persona that I wanted to portray for the rest of my life and even in college. In high school, people knew me, not by name, but because of how well I was dressed.

I may have even been overdressed (I wore a business dress and heels on my birthday one year because that was my favorite day to dress up). On a normal day, I dressed up. I would get up early, curl my hair, so my makeup, and dress to impress. Every. Single. Day. If I didn't, which was rare, people really wondered if I was sick or something because that wasn't me.

In college, I continued that. I woke up at 6 or 7 for my 8 am classes and I curled my hair, did my makeup, and dressed to the nines. I later realized that that was dumb. I was wasting makeup because I would ruin it by going to the gym, so why wear it?

I slowly started making changes that I realized were for the better (or not) and I think a lot of people can relate. You change so much throughout college and I am still shocked to see where I have come from.

1.  I wear exercise clothes

Wow, shocker I know. So many people go around wearing Lulu Lemon and stuff to class, mine are from Khols, but still I wear exercise pants to class.

2.  I.  Love.  T-shirts.

In high school you would never catch me dead in a t-shirt unless I was at golf practice. Short run to the store? Full out fit on. I never wore t-shirts and now I own almost too many (if that's even possible)

3.  I don't wear makeup that much

I will throw it on for a presentation or just to have something to do one day, but usually I go naked faced. I just don't like the way it feels on my face, maybe its because I go so long without it. It's too much work and I would rather sleep than get up early to do that.

4.  I wear tennis shoes

Like t-shirts, you could not catch me dead casually wearing my tennis shoes around and now I love them and they are my shoe of choice (next to my birks).

5.  I eat actually college food

I used to care so much about what went into my body that it was nuts but here I am eating pizza rolls because I can and who cares.

6.  I go to the gym... to sweat... for fun

I hated P.E. and it was the worst part of my day. I could have cried tears of joy when I had my last P.E. class and now I make it a point to go to the gym every day. WoW fItNeSs

I like cats... like alot

I was a hard core dog person until recently when I got a cat of my own and I hate (or not so much) to admit that I may be converted.

8.  I nap hardcore

I would never take naps before, even as a freshman, because I thought it was a waste of time and now I spend a lot of my free time napping.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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8 Things We Do In College That You Probably Won't Tell Mom And Dad On Your Weekly Phone Call

A list of the things you do to spice up college life, shhh don't tell the parents.

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All of us are experiencing freedom and our own rules for the first time and sometimes we push the limits. So here's the list of the things we probably won't tell mom and dad we did when they call tomorrow morning.

1. Get a Piercing

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There's something sketchy about tattoo parlors and college towns. Overpriced, yet people are still lined out the door because they need a new earring or face piercing SO bad. Until they call mom and she's not happy.

2. Dye your Hair

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"Well I thought I'd change things up and Sussie had extra dye"

3. Get a Tattoo

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"I got this because I'm a _____ major and we love ______"

or the good ol' Ohio 110 logo.

4. Go on a Bender

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Sometimes you think wet week is a good idea. Sadly your bank account, your liver, and early classes think otherwise.

5. Junk Food Splurge

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You'll probably eat out too many times in a week and regret it later when you have a food baby.

6. Using the Credit Card for Drinks

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Money is all coming from the same place though, right? Truly sorry for this one.

7. Promiscuity

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Being away from home and having your own roof, sort of, lets you make any decision you want. Many students become much more sexually active and let their guard down about safe sex.

8. Bad Decisions

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Whether it's blacking out on weekdays, getting an unsafe ride home, or puking while showering, sometimes college gets the best of us. But I can tell you we have a hell of a time doing it.

Mom, if you're reading this, these weren't all my ideas I'm not that bad I swear! And students be safe and try and think before you do something that could make your parents very, very mad.... tattoos are FOREVER.

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