Dear Incoming freshmen

Dear Incoming freshmen

Hello Baby Gulls!

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Dear incoming freshmen,

First of all I want to welcome all of you to the nest, you are now baby gulls and will be starting a new chapter of your lives. You have accomplished the chapter of high school wither it was the worst part of your life or the best it's done over with. Now though it is time to start thinking about your future. I will start by saying that when you made the choice to come to Endicott you where not just making the choice to continue your story, but you made the choice to meet new friends, expand your horizons and most importantly you made the choice to find what you. I am not going to write to you guys and tell you everything that I should know about the school you will learn all that in orientation, also I am not going to pretend I know everything about Endicott because frankly I don't as it is i am only a Sophomore and don't know as much as a I should. What I am going to tell you is this college is a whole new ball game with curves balls and pop flys thrown at you at every direction, it can be scary. I know I was scared when I first entered college and now I cant wait to go back it's crazy, like really it is. As your go through freshman year though try to remember some of these key points. Get involved, Im not talking get involved with a girl or a guy, but hey if that happens that awesome what I mean is this join clubs, or even sport try something that you haven't even done before, who knows you might be killer at it. Really though don't be afraid to try new things. My next nugget of advice i have for you is this keep an open mind about friends. Like I said college is a new ball game that means you are stepping into a game where nobody knows you, you can make yourself who ever you want to be, just don't forget your morals. Don't forget you have the billowy to walk away form anything you don't want to do. there are all different people in college they come from different places and have been raised differently from you it doesn't mean they are wrong in there thoughts or actions. Just keep an open mind about people and who knows maybe you will meet your new best friend. Okay lets move on to roommates, now i know some on you have already picked your roommates which fro you guys thats killer and nice job, but for those of us that are going random that is great to there is nothing wrong with that, but here is the best advice i can give you about going random. Talk to your roommate before you start the school year. When you first move in you will have what is called a roommate agreement this just lists the rules of the room that you and your roommates or roommates set up, really think about this and do not just agree with what one person wants to do. Remember you guys are going to be living with each other for the next year, you don't want to be fighting all the time. Okay guys I don't want to give away all my advice, but i wish you guys that best and wish you luck on this new chapter of your life, its going to be a rollercoster you will get flipped turned and maybe even fly out of the set, but also remember that college is a fun time so enjoy it while you can because its going to fly by. Once again welcome to the nest!

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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.
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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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I'm Working On Achieving A Growth Mindset, You Should Too

We're basically house plants with more complicated emotions.

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Life is strange and scary, but most importantly it's beautiful. And that's coming from me, a girl that has lived with pretty severe anxiety and depression for years. Life really is okay, despite what our brains try to tell us.

But that's not the point of this article. The point is that people get so caught up in the strange and scary parts of life that they get stuck and forget that one of the most important parts of life is growth. We get stuck in our routines of work and school and begin to feel helpless and bored. Sound familiar? Don't worry, I've been there too - in fact, I've been there a lot, and will be there again I'm sure.

When we get stuck in this rut, we need to remember how to grow out of it. We're constantly growing, whether we realize it or not. We are shaped and changed by the things we do, the things we see, and the things we encounter every day. Acknowledging this is the first step to embracing a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is a key to a happier life. It involves recognizing when you need to work on or change something but knowing you have the ability to do so. Those with growth mindsets do not fear failure or avoid challenges; they embrace risks and seek feedback to help better themselves. We often forget that we are allowed to grow and learn and develop - we see so many posts on social media about strangers' perfect lives that we think we missed our chance and are stuck forever.

A growth mindset is still something I'm working towards for my own health. For so long I felt the desire to be in a routine, to feel like I had my life figured out - and then I would burn out. I would become exhausted and my mental health would decline. I felt helpless and hopeless and wondered what could be wrong with me that I couldn't even accomplish simple tasks. Looking back, I now realize that I was living in a fixed mindset; I thought I needed to be perfect, that if I tried something I needed to be great at it on the first try, that routine meant my life was figured out.

Yeah, I was wrong.

Life isn't about having it all figured out by 20 or 25 or 50 or even 100. That's a hard truth to accept. The goal shouldn't be to have it all figured out but to grow along the way. We shouldn't be the same person at 50 that we were at 25 or at 15. We should strive to learn as the years go by, to make mistakes and take risks and explore the world. We weren't born to just work and die, we were born to love the world and leave it a better place than we found it in. I think we forget that too much.

So try not to stress about having your life together. I know, it's hard to stop stressing about it, but try. Take some time each day to meditate on who you really want to be. Turn your phone off and go for a walk. Growth doesn't need to be wild and crazy - you can take it slow and steady and find your peace along the way.

We're not unchanging forms - we're essentially plants: with sunlight and water we will grow and change and bloom.

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