10 Things You Learn In Your First Semester Of College That Help You Get Through Your Second Semester

10 Things You Learn In Your First Semester Of College That Help You Get Through Your Second Semester

The truths we all know about, but don't admit.
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College is a huge step. You've finally left the nest and have to learn how to fly. And it's not always an easy transition. You are on your own for the first time, which means you learn a lot very quickly.

1. Not everyone has left the high school mentality.

For some, the summer before college is a summer of maturation and outgrowing the things that really should have been left in high school. There are still plenty of freshman college students who haven't grasped the differences between the two. This is completely fine though because, in the end, we are still all 17 and 18-year-old kids with 7 semesters ahead of us to adjust and grow up in time for the real world.

2. You don't have to be friends with everyone.

College is the time to meet new people and to find your group of friends. An important thing to note is that you do not have to be good friends with your roommates and do everything with them. You also do not have to like or be friends with their friends as long as there's no tension in your shared spaces. That's all that matters. Luckily, I have amazing roommates, but I'm still nowhere close to finding my group and that's okay. My last tip, were all adults here if you don't like someone you do not have to be there friend. So don't cause drama when there's no need for any. Remember, it's college, not high school.

3. If you enjoy sleep, you shouldn't be in college.

I have always had issues sleeping, but now it is nearly impossible to go to bed before 3 AM. Whether you're doing homework or not you will never be able to sleep at a normal time, my 9 AM classes are painful when only running on four hours of sleep, but the best stuff happens after midnight.

4. It's okay to be homesick.

No matter how much we want to be "grown-ups" it's hard to be away from home and from your parents. Of course, the summer months leading to college I was ready to run from Myrtle Beach to Chicago, but after a few months, I've slowly realized I do miss Myrtle. Not for the place itself, but rather my underclassmen friends I left behind. All in all, even though I miss those I left back home I still don't want to ever leave Chicago and it has become my home.

5. Even when you have days without class, you won't want to go when you do.

When planning my schedule, I gave myself Tuesdays and Thursdays off. These are usually my homework and sleep days. Although I only go to classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you will still never want to go. Three days of school with only two classes a day and I'll always want to be asleep in bed rather than learning.

6. There will always be a party.

I'm sorry mom and dad, but there are always parties around campus. The real-life choices are deciding if skipping your 9 AM classes to go to a party on Tuesday is worth it. Usually, it isn't because, like I said, there will be parties on Monday and Tuesday as well as all weekend. I can't say I have attended a Tuesday party, but I sure have seen Snapchat stories of it.

7. You can blow through money fast, and you will.

There is never going to be enough money in your bank account when you're in college, without a source of income you will slowly learn what it means to be broke. College Cafe food is a step up from public school food, but you can only eat the same meal every day. Plus a new city means new food and you will want to try it and I promise you will spend all your money on food rather than just using your meal plan.

8. The Freshman Fifteen can't be avoided.

Since my graduation in high school, I can document gaining 10lbs and no matter how "healthy" I eat and the few weeks where I went to the gym, midnight snacks and movie nights are how you make friends in college. Even if you aren't hungry, late night study sessions are the perfect time to eat meal four and five for the day. Everyone gains weight, the Freshman Fifteen is inevitable, and even though I said I wasn't going to gain it, I also have failed at weekly gym trips and it's okay.

9. You can't work like you did in high school.

I have still found plenty of times to procrastinate, but homework can really pile up and it's important you learn how to prioritize. I never used a planner in high school, hell I barely did homework in high school, but it's super important you do so in college. You pay way too much money a year to come here to not do the homework no matter how much I'd rather sleep.

10. You might hate your major.

On paper it may seem like a good idea, but after your foundation classes you might slowly learn that your major is simply not for you. That is the beauty of college though you can change your major however many times you want and your school might not be the right fit for you either, thats why you give it a shot and learn. All you need to focus on the first two years is getting your general education classes done.

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When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

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When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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Or if you even think of me at all.

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I wonder if you'd be proud of me.

My first thought when I wake up in the morning is whether or not you still think of me. I think about if I am wearing the right outfit if I were to see you that day. I think about if I am saying the right thing for you to want to want me again.

Throughout my day, I think about whether or not you're happy. I wonder if the feeling in my heart of missing who I thought you were is making its way to you. Sometimes I think about what I did to make you hate me as much as you do.

Sometimes when things get really hard, I think about picking up the phone to call you. Time keeps passing from the last time I saw you and during that time I've painted a picture of you that would probably only disappoint me in the end. Your phone number still sits in my phone and I go to your contact, wanting to call, but knowing that at the other end is not the person I used to know.

I wonder if you watch me. I wonder if the posts I make, pictures I post, and articles I write are viewed by you and whether or not you care to even search my name. I wonder if you ask people about me or if you care to know the person I am today.

Without you, I have changed. It has been two years and though time will only continue moving on without you, I wonder what would have happened if I didn't make the choices I made to make you react in the way you have.

When the sun shines bright on the flowers blooming around campus, I think of your jokes and sarcastic wit. When the rain pours from the sky and keeps me imprisoned within the walls of a building, I think of ways I felt imprisoned by you. When clouds form shapes in the sky that I can make stories out of, I think of the way life could've been.

Sometimes I write to you. They are the letters I can never send because I have to remind myself that though we knew each other once, you do not know me anymore. The picture in my mind of who you are now is someone who'd love me with open arms, but I know that there's no truth in that. It's only my wishful thinking out to break my heart once more.

I wonder if you hear me when I try talking to you. I wonder if the words I tell God are making their way to you as you go on living the life we always talked about when times get tough. I wonder if you're talking to God about me.

As I watch the sunset, I think about the last moment I was with you. As that chapter ended, I was only wishfully thinking that walking away would save me from further pain. In the end, I don't know about how life would've been different had it not happened.

When my picture of you gets too bright and I share it with others, I am reminded of reality. The screaming, crying, pushing, shoving, and hitting touches my skin once more in the form of flashbacks that push me further down into the depths of a depression. I am reminded of the hundreds of suicidal thoughts and letters that I've written once before.

No matter what, my heart still yearns for a hug. A hug where I can bury myself into your body and feel safe. A hug where I forget every worry in my mind and focus solely on the love.

I wonder if you'd still love me if I changed myself to be the person you've always wanted me to be. I wonder if you'd forgive me for walking away, even if it was for me to change to be a better person. I wonder if you'll ever even read this.

Days like today, I want to go back in time. I sit on the benches around campus and look up at the sky, down at the cars passing by, and listen to life move on all around me as I remain stuck. I hear people talking, see them laughing, and wonder if there's any way I could one day feel as alive as they do.

The truth is that I was never enough for you. No matter how much I changed, kept notes of what you liked so I could be like that, or just kept my head down and moved silently, nothing was ever enough.

No matter what, though, I still yearn to be loved in the way that I picture you should've loved me. Closure does not exist. You were the ones who were supposed to hold me down. But now I am nothing to you...I was always nothing to you.

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