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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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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From The Girl Who Is Tired Of Being An 'Almost'

No one wants to be a second choice, let alone no choice at all.

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It's no secret that the dating scene in 2019 is hard, romance is basically dead. You can order up a partner faster than a pizza from dominos. Men rarely approach woman anymore, and if they do it seems to only be for one night stands, not for the genuine interest of getting to know someone.

Like most other singles, I'm out of ideas and don't know how to land a stable relationship in this age of false intentions and no commitment.

I've been told about every line in the book on why it doesn't happen because of me like for example; I want too much or am too "serious," or my favorite is that I expect things too soon, but all I actually want is a guy who is honest, loyal and devoted to me. Is that really too much to ask? Seriously?

I've had endless "almost" boyfriends, I've almost become what they wanted. I almost had what I thought I really wanted at the time. However, each failed fling was just one more added instance where I became an "almost" or the "stepping stone girl" aka the girl guys were with before they found their "person" and for the longest time, I didn't care.

I just struck it down as male immaturity that would end in a year, a couple at most, but unfortunately, I think I was wrong and do not see it changing any time soon.

At almost 21 years old and still a little single pringle, I for one am just tired of it all. I'm tired of being peoples almost. I'm tired of being lead on or drop me like an old news article by the end of the week. It's a never-ending cycle.

If your intentions are to just use a girl, DON'T. Stop getting our hopes up and just leave her alone.

And don't get me wrong, I'm not letting my relationship status define my worth or the quality of the life I'm living. Thus far I've done everything on my own and I know I can achieve the goals I have set for my life alone.

If a guy wants to pursue me, and I mean truly pursue me, then great if not I'll just continue to thrive on my own. I've never been the girl who needed a man. I definitely want one, but don't get me wrong I will not be devasted without one.

But in all honesty, why me? Why do guys only see me as an almost? Why am I not worthy enough to be something more than that to someone? Why do they lead me on just to drop me in a few weeks like it was nothing and then in a couple of weeks end up getting serious with someone else? I'm just truly baffled.

I just feel like the odd one out. I would love nothing more than to have a partner, share all life's moments with. Someone who will be there with me through it all and kiss, hug, and love me. Even something as simple as walking downtown holding hands with someone would be a dream to me.

Life is short, I want young love. I want all that a relationship entails, the good and the bad. It's just frustrating being the only single one in your group, listening to everyone's relationships and having nothing to contribute because what you experience isn't even real.

I don't believe in "almost" you either want to be with someone or you don't. It's black and white and maybe I just don't understand but if you did want to be with someone why not truly give it a chance?

But until people figure their stuff out, I will gladly sit back, be single and wait until someone is truly ready and makes it worth trying because I will not be someones "almost" again. I'm not just a little stop on the way, I am the destination.

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