10 Things All Freshman Should Check Off Their First Year Of College Bucket List

10 Things All Freshman Should Check Off Their First Year Of College Bucket List

Go to a frat party!
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Freshman year at college is destined to be one of the most eventful and weird years of your life. You're automatically introduced to so many new people, places, and things. It's a time for change and adjustment, and learning a little too much about the college culture- what you like, and what you don't.

While freshman year is a time for firsts, here are 10 things you should cross off your freshman year bucket list before heading home in May.

1. Keep your dorm room door open

This is one of the number one tips you get before going to college. Leaving your door open during the beginning of the year (or any other time) is an easy way to meet and make new friends with people on your floor and in your hall. Who knows, maybe you'll end up making fun plans for the night or have a fun interesting story.

2. Go out on a weeknight

Nothing is more fun than going out to any local establishments or a party on a Thursday, or any other time during the weekdays. I don't know what it is, but it's definitely the best time to go out during the week. As long as you'll make it to your classes the next day, give it a shot. You won't regret it.

3. Go to a sporting event

Most universities have a lot of school pride, which goes right along to sporting events. Learn all the traditions that belong with your team and don't forget to cheer loudly. Whether your team wins or loses, some of your best days will be in the student section.

4. Spend an all-nighter in the library

We've all heard of the amounts of work you have to put into your studies at college. Odds are, during finals or midterms, you might find yourself trading in your dorm bed for the stacks after a long night of studying. Thank god for 24/7 hour libraries.

5. Explore your college town

This is your new home which means plenty of new things to do. Go for a drive and get familiar with your new surroundings. Then you'll never be short of plans.

6. Join a club

Joining a club is a good resume booster and a good way to get involved with your school and meet new friends. You'll be able to explore your interests while being surrounded by those who have the same hobbies as you.

7. Girl's night in

While going out is all fun and games, staying in may be one of your greatest memories yet. This allows you to be able to learn more about your friends that you may have never been able to, while doing something fun as well. Let's be honest, we're all a little sleep deprived, and this is a good excuse to catch up on it.

8. Go to a frat party

This is your time to shine! Go to your favorite house, Kappa Apple Apple and see what all the hype is about. Maybe your first frat party adventure will be just like the movies, or maybe you'll just be let down. You'll never know unless you try it!

9. Attempt to avoid the freshman 15

Whether it's trading in a burger for a salad at the dining hall or an occasional visit to the rec, there's nothing scarier than the freshman 15. Do these little things and make yourself feel like you're successfully avoiding it.

10. Don't say no

The fun of college is always having something to do and plenty of people to do it with. Get out of your comfort zone and take every opportunity you get, you might miss out on something that you will regret.


Cover Image Credit: Abby Amundson

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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