5 Things That Hit You In The Feels When You're Thrown Into College Orientation

5 Things That Hit You In The Feels When You're Thrown Into College Orientation

This step before moving in can hit you like a ton of bricks (or textbooks).


This past week, I went to my college orientation, also known as SummerStart at my school. SummerStart is a two-day event with both orientation and registration occurring over the course of it. Here are some of the things that gave me all of the feels while I was attending.

1. Seeing your campus for the first time.

Even though I live in Washington, I had never been able to make it up to campus before. Actually seeing it for the first time made me really emotional. Especially in the case of Western, which is known for being a beautiful campus. The smoke did ruin some of it, but it was lovely to see it for myself!

2. Moving into a dorm room overnight.

For my orientation, we got to stay in the dorm rooms overnight, and this was another moment that was fueling my emotions. Even though we weren't really moving in, having room keys and a random roommate felt like the first taste of actual college life.

3. Registering for classes.

For me, registering for classes was both a very stressful and very rewarding experience. They warned us we might not be able to get spots in the classes we wanted due to all of the upperclassmen having registered. There were only so many spots that they opened up for us. So, of course, this meant lots of planning was needed before we actually went to register, but the planning was worth it! I was able to get into all of the classes I wanted, and that was really exciting!

4. Your college ID card.

I'm not sure if every school does this, but Western chooses to do the ID cards for new students at orientation. Receiving that card was really just overwhelming. Of course, just like in high school, the picture probably isn't the most flattering, but it's not the picture that counts. Receiving that card is like a huge announcement of "Hey! I'm a real college student now!" I'm not going to say I cried upon receiving my ID card, but I definitely got a little misty-eyed.

5. Leaving the campus again.

Probably one of the most emotional moments for me was when I tried leaving the campus again. After having spent a whirlwind 24 hours there, I was extremely satisfied with my college choice and I wasn't ready to leave! I spent a good couple of hours just wandering around campus with a map, looking for my classrooms and just getting familiar with the buildings. When I finally did get in my car to head home, a wave of sadness crashed over me. I was ready for college to start right then.

These emotions were definitely a roller coaster to handle while I was at orientation, but at the end of it all, I can say that I am definitely counting down the days to moving in!

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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You Don't Need Your Life Figured Out By The First Day of College

I once was a college freshman who thought I was behind in college even before the first day. I didn't know what I wanted to do and that scared me.


I once was a college freshman who thought I was behind in college even before the first day. I didn't know what I wanted to do and that scared me. I had created this idea in my head, because I still was unsure of what I was interested in and wanted to study, that I needed to catch up as soon as I could. I hated saying "I'm not sure yet" when people would ask me what I wanted to study before I even left for college. Looking back on all of last year and seeing where my head is at nearing the end of my first semester of sophomore year, I wish I could go back and tell myself to relax because you will figure it out.

You don't have to know what you want to do right away. Yes, some people will know right away, but for others, it will take more time. It's about waiting for the moment when you sit in a class or learn a concept that clicks, and makes you want to learn more. Some people have had a passion that they know they want to continue into college, but others will learn it along the way of their years in college. It could happen in an instant, or it could take an accumulation of moments for you to find the area that you want to continue to learn more about. You're going to school to learn about something you could be doing for the rest of your life, so don't worry if it takes some exploring to figure it out. You'll get to take some pretty cool classes and learn some pretty cool things along the way.

I felt the same way. I had an idea of what I wanted to do but didn't know how I could get there. It wasn't immediate for me, it took a few advising meetings, conversations with mentors, and lots of soul-searching. In one of my classes this year, I finally had my moment. I was sitting in a huge lecture hall learning about a certain concept and at that moment, I knew this is what I want to do. It wasn't easy getting to that moment, and I still don't have a perfectly laid out plan, but I've learned that that's perfectly okay. The past year and a half have been filled with ups and downs, self-doubt, and a whole lot of exploration. But now, for the first time really ever, I'm excited about the classes I get to take in the future and everything I will be able to learn.

Especially freshman, but really anyone still looking for their passion in life, don't try and wish it into existence. It will happen and you will find your thing. Then you can start all the planning and move forward, but don't be discouraged until it comes. Trial and error is a good thing because you are able to learn so much about your self. Take classes that interest you even in the slightest, listen to what people tell you your good at. You don't have to know what you want to do on the first day of college, let this be a time where you can explore and figure it out on your own time.

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