Dear Incoming Freshmen Students

Dear Incoming Freshmen Students

From a soon-to-be sophomore
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Enjoy your first year. Enjoy every moment of it. It might seem like it's going to last forever, but it won't. They'll tell you this. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors will all tell you that your time at university will fly by. You won't believe them. You might be anxious. You might be scared. You'll probably think you're not good enough. The first week might seem like a lifetime, but after that it'll only feel like seconds. As a soon-to-be sophomore, I have experience with these feelings. Here are some important things to remember along the way.

1. You will be good enough.

College is all about discovering who you are. It's taking classes that interest you, and discovering what you want to do with your life along the way. There's no reason to worry about being good enough. You'll do great. College isn't as scary as it seems. The university wants you to succeed. The professors will want to help you. Most professors are extremely nice and understanding. If you need help, just ask. They'll help you. The majority of professors like when students asks questions. Remember to study though. Don't neglect your studies in an attempt to fit in.

2. Your pets will not forget you.

This was a big fear I had about college. I was worried that if I moved away, my dogs would forget who I was. It's hard to be away from your family. It's weird to imagine them living a life without you. It's also really hard to leave everything you know. It's comforting to know that your parents won't forget you. This is something I knew for certain. I didn't, however, know if my pets would remember me after months of separation. I realize now, this was a silly fear to have. Dogs are life long companions. They won't forget you. They'll miss you and they'll greet you with lots of love when you return home.

3. Savor the time you have.

It will be gone before you know it. You might not believe this right now. It probably seems like impending doom. Moving away from everything you know is terrifying. The first week will go by extremely slow. You'll question yourself. You'll question whether you can handle living away or not. You'll question whether you can handle the school load. It'll go by at a snails pace. That first week will feel horrible, but everything after that will be great. You'll make friends. You'll become comfortable with your classes. Your little dorm room will start to feel like home. Your roommate will be your closest friend, as will your hall mates. Before you know it, college will feel just as much like home as your actual home.

4. Don't hate on the freshman dorms.

They might not be luxurious. Okay, they're basically the opposite of luxurious. Freshman dorms look a little like insane asylums, but that's okay. Freshman dorms are where your closest friendships will form. If you live in an all-girls freshman dorm, you'll make friends who are like sisters. Weeks will go by studying in the lounge area together, eating popcorn, and hanging out. This time doesn't last. Before you know it, you'll all be going in different directions. Cling to the time you have. Don't forget these friendships as you move forward in life.


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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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Crossroads

Trying to figure out what to do in life.

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I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]


[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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