Freshman Feels

Freshman Feels

Week 10...
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"The best four years of your life" constantly echoes in my mind. Sometimes it feels as if you have to force college to be the best time of your life, because that's just what everyone tells you.

I was the first out of my friends to move in, so basically I was the guinea pig. I had to be the one to tell them "how it is" and "what to expect." It's hard because even if your having trouble adapting, you don't want to be that friend that hates college. Not gonna lie, I was extremely sad to leave my friends at home, and I was pretty nervous to start a new life. I feel like everyone is even if they don't admit it. However, I was really excited because from what people told me, I was gonna make all these new friends, go to parties, and find activities that spark my interest in a future career. I expected this all to happen right away.

Well... Kinda.... Sorta...

No

During the first week of college, I remember wondering where my "squad" was. Where were the people that shared a love for cheeseburgers and dogs like my friends at home did? Looking through social media, I saw post after post with groups of college girls going out together. Why didn't I have that? There were people that I would say hi to but, everyone already seemed to have their group. This however isn't actually the case. At all.

The same applies for going to class and joining clubs/ activities. Sitting in on my first lecture, I couldn't help but think, "What am I doing here?" or "This isn't what I want to do with my life," and the most famous of them all: "What do I want to do with my life?" I immediately thought I wouldn't be able to handle the workload, and I just wasn't cut out for this whole college thing.

Even though I've only been a college student for nine weeks, I've learned that everything takes time. As much as you want to believe you are alone, and that no one else is in the same predicament as you, it's not true. In fact most people if not all deal with these same exact feelings. Everyone is still trying to figure themselves out and adapt to a new environment, which is totally okay.

If I could give one piece of advice to anyone with these same feelings, I'd say give it time. You will find friends, you will go to parties, and you will find your passion. It certainly didn't happen right away for me, but I'm on the path to genuinely making this experience "the best four years of my life".


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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants
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Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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How To Survive Your First Flu At ISU

Being away from your parents can be tough when you get sick, but here's a short how-to guide of what to do when you catch the flu.

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Going away to college can be tough, especially if you're used to being at home and having someone to take care of you when you get sick. Now I don't know about the rest of you but when I get sick I turn into a needy childish mess of a person who wants her mom to make her soup and bring her juice and medicine. But, being about a two-hour drive away from home I can no longer rely on my mom to take care of me. So, you would assume that my first option is to just lay in bed and sleep all day until I don't feel sick anymore. Unfortunately, I have tried that, and I can assure you that it's not a valid way to get better anytime soon. So, in this article, I am going to explain how you can get healthy quicker and skip fewer classes.

Step one to any sickness is staying hydrated, you should drink a lot of water, tea, and juice. The water helps flush toxins out of your body, the tea helps soothe your sore throat, and the juice provides vitamins and antioxidants. You will need all of these things in order to feel better as soon as possible.

Step two is to stay in bed and sleep, getting rest can help your body heal a lot quicker than you think. It's not a good thing to skip classes but if you can skip a class and use that time to rest and heal you won't have to skip as many classes in the future because of a sickness that lasts for multiple days or even weeks.

Step three is to remember to eat, when you feel achy and sore from being sick and laying in bed you will not want to go get food but it's important to remember to eat when you're sick especially things like hot soup and crackers. Even if you feel absolutely terrible you have to remember to eat, which might mean asking your roommate to bring you a to-go box and offering to repay the favor at a later time.

Step four is to take a nice hot shower, the steam from the hot water can help open up your sinuses which will relieve your runny or stuffy nose as well as relieving your sore throat.

Step five is remembering to email your professors and let them know that you are sick, this will help you to keep up in your classes and prevent your grades from dropping due to absence. Another helpful tip is to text a friend from your class to get a copy of the notes from class.

Hopefully, this short article will help you to handle your first serious sickness away from home, and if you're still feeling sick after trying all of these things make sure you schedule an appointment at the student health center located in the student health services building across the street from the Bone Student center.

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