Everything I Didn't Expect To Happen My First Week Of College

Everything I Didn't Expect To Happen My First Week Of College

Maybe I was just naïve before coming to school, but these are some things I noticed from the first couple of days that took my new college brain for a spin.

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I started my freshman year of college today...that's so strange to say. It feels like just yesterday that I was riding my bike home with my little brother from elementary school. While my first day of classes began today, I have been at school for a week. I came up early to attend the Leadership Institute and got to spend a few days getting to know people before I was thrown into this scary big thing known as college.

As I approached the lecture hall to attend my first class, I suddenly felt a wave of anxiety rush over me. I was five minutes late and the only open seats were at the very front. Usually I sit in the front anyway to help me focus, but for some reason I was terrified to approach the bottom rows. I grabbed onto the straps of my backpack tightly and mustered up the courage to take a step through the double doors, beginning the start of my college career.

I didn't expect there to be so many upperclassmen in my classes. A majority of them are 100 level classes, but even so, there were a few sophomores and juniors in them and it didn't scare me, but it definitely came as a shock. In high school, I was so used to being in class with the same people.

I didn't expect to get as lost as I did. Because I had a few more days on campus under my belt than the rest of the freshman class did, I thought finding my classes was going to be a breeze. But there I was, wandering around like a lost puppy in the middle of campus. I eventually had to ask a professor to help me. I was so stressed out because at this point I was running late. She was so nice and made me feel like things were going to be OK.

I didn't expect to see so many older people. When I say older people, I mean people over the age of 18. I was so used to being the oldest in the school as a senior. Being the youngest on campus now was a little strange. I was walking out of my dorm this morning and there was a twenty-something-year-old man just hanging out downstairs. I had to do a double take.

I didn't expect there to be so many parties. Yes, I know it's college, and that's what happens in college. I feel like every night there has been a different rager on someone's story or Instagram live. It's wild, man.

I didn't expect the professors to be so cool. Most of the teachers I've met so far have been so open. They treat the freshman like adults. I don't know, it felt really great to be treated with respect and talked to as equals with the upperclassmen in the class.

Maybe I was just naïve before coming to school, but these are some things I noticed from the first couple of days that took my new college brain for a spin. Class of 2022, here's to us.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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Saying "No" Is OK

It is okay to put yourself first and do what's best for you

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It's that time of year again when your days are filled with nothing but class, work, assignments, clubs, extracurricular activities and much more. Your time and brain are going in every possible direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if letting go, actually gave you something back? That's right, I am talking about the word no and all it can do for you.

I too, fall into the trap of doing more is better. Having all my time devoted to activities or work is good for me. Taking nineteen plus credits hours somehow makes me a better person, even smarter person. Well, I hate to break it you, and me, that this thought process is extremely detrimental.

There are no rules that say we must do everything and anything. If there are, they are wrong. And that's why saying no is so important.

Currently, I am taking nineteen credit hours. Soon, I am going to make sure that it is sixteen. After the first week of classes, I discovered I was in a class that would provide me with a wonderful education, but it was not counting towards my major. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that it would be best to say no to this particular class.

Before this year, I would have said, it's okay (even if it wasn't) and muster through the class. To the old me, dropping a class would be like quitting, but I cannot even begin to tell you, and me, how far from the truth that is.

Saying no is brave. Saying no is the right thing to do. Saying no allows you to excel in other areas. Because I have decided to say no, I am opening two more hours in my day. I am relieving myself of work and projects that would add to my already hectic schedule. I am doing what is best for me.

However, there is a part two to this no phenomenon. Continuing with my example, I now have two open hours in my week. The overachiever in me would try to find something to fill it. Maybe another club or activity. Maybe more hours at work or a place to volunteer. And while none of these are bad things to do or have in your life, you are just replacing a time taker with another. When you say no, mean it and don't fill it.

This is your year to say no. Not because you are lazy. Not because you aren't smart enough. Not because you can't. Say no because it is best for you. Say no because it frees you. Say no because you can!

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