What To Expect During College Orientation

10 College Orientation Facts Your College Conveniently Forgot To Mention

Here are the top ten things you need to know.

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Yes... you hear all about the nice dorms and the campus amenities, you research all the options for majors and minors and degree programs, you tour the campus and try the food in the cafeteria. But here's what they don't tell you when you're learning about your upcoming college experience.

You will experience a mental breakdown or two... or 100.

You think you know what you want to do for the rest of your life, but you will probably change your mind. Ask anyone, they've probably changed their major at least once at some point. Don't get down on yourself, cry when you need to, and make sure you're taking care of yourself.

College is expensive, no matter what.

Even if you have a scholarship or you saved money all your life, shit happens. No matter how hard you try to budget or save your money and not eat fast food, you will be broke. And asking your parents to transfer money to your account never gets easier.

You will be overwhelmed and overthink things.

Be prepared, you'll probably cry... a lot. In the library, in your bed, on the bus, wherever. Call your mom and she will make you feel better.

YOU WILL GET HOMESICK.

No matter if you're an hour away or across the country, the little things are what you'll miss the most. Even fighting with your little brother over who's supposed to empty the dishwasher, or driving with your friends to the donut shop, you will miss the way things used to be (no matter how much you think high school sucked).

Dorms are cold and GROSS.

Sharing a communal bathroom with 100 strangers is bad enough, but then you have an uncomfortable twin mattress and cafeteria food to add into the mix.

Schoolwork is hard (and you're not the student you used to be).

If you're like me, getting to college classes will be a culture shock. In high school, I was a straight-A student and my parents repeatedly told me that I was the smartest kid they knew... cut to college and I realized I'm just tragically average and I'm not as smart as I thought I was.

College is scary/lonely/intimidating/etc.

Walk around once by yourself and you'll realize that campus is big and scary and you're far from home and you're taking care of yourself now... whoa.

Most teachers really don't give a crap.

In high school, all you teacher probably knew you by name and they would cut you some slack if you missed a day of class. In college, you won't get this same luxury. Teachers won't call home to mommy if you don't go to class, you follow the same rules as everyone else and you're forced to hold yourself accountable.

You don't eat as much but you still get fat.

Somehow being broke and gaining the freshman 15 go hand-in-hand. You won't get a full three meals a day but you also don't feel like cooking a meal after studying for hours in the library, so Taco Bell seems like your best option. Tip: go to the gym.

It will all be OK.

You may think you're the only one struggling, but this stress is just a component of your new college life. Relax: you will graduate, you will get a job, you will find love. Live your life and enjoy your college experience. Sorry for scaring you, I promise these will be the best years of your life.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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40 Finals-Week Moods Stressed College Students Have, Every Year From Freshman To Senior

Inside the minds of many during college finals.

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I recorded responses from college students of all grades describing their current state of mind as they prepare for the end of the year. Do you feel the same way? If you can't relate, these are the realities of many during this crunch to the end of the year.

Freshman Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? "Study"

2. Food Craving? "Chocolate"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "8"

4. How do you relax from studying? "Take a nap"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "I need more time"

6. What will you do after your last test? "Pack to go home"

7. Study Skills? "Quizlet"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "Watch a movie"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? "There is time to go out"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "Knowing that you don't have to study every minute of the day"

Sophomore Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? - "What is the weather today"

2. Food Craving? "Breakfast food"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "9"

4. How do you relax from studying? "Sit outside"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "Please don't make the tests too hard"

6. What will you do after your last test? " Get ready for SUMMER"

7. Study Skills? "rewrite your notes"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "take a break"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? "tests are not a hundred questions long"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "If you time manage you don't have to do all-nighters"

Junior Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? - "How am I going to get through today"

2. Food Craving? "Candy anything with sugar"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "6"

4. How do you relax from studying? "I don't plug through is the only option"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "Am I in a circus"

6. What will you do after your last test? " reward myself BIG time"

7. Study Skills? "Don't sleep until you know it"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "Rely on friends and your Mom"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? " It is actually my favorite week if you know what you're doing in your classes. You don't have busy work"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "That I should have studied earlier"

Senior Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? - " I think about everything I have to do, more importantly I ned to pass my finance class"

2. Food Craving? "Ice Cream"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "4"

4. How do you relax from studying? "I watch an episode of my favorite TV show"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "Nothing nice"

6. What will you do after your last test? " Go get a drink"

7. Study Skills? "When it comes to formulas, memorization is key... flashcards"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "You are allowed to have one, but regroup"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? "You have to spend an equal amount of time for every class to study... If you know it, don't over do it"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "That I made It through"

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