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

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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 All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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To The Furry Friends That Helped Me Cope, You'll Always Have A Special Place In My Heart

Where would we be without our precious fur babies?

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A big thank you goes to my two loves, Booboo and Peppa. Booboo is an adorable Chihuahua that acts nothing like one and Peppa is my beautiful white lemon drop Beagle pup. During my Sophomore year of high school, I was going through a really tough time with trying to cope with anxiety plus the intense curriculum that year entailed. There were many nights I sat in bed bawling, feeling stupid because I could not for the life of me understand chemistry. Booboo would always come and sit in my lap, and just look at me wagging his tail before he would try to cuddle me as best he could. He has licked away many tears, as has Peppa.

My family got Booboo in August of my senior year of high school. My mom rescued him from a patient's home who was about to take him to the pound. I was getting ready for summer band when my mom comes into my room holding Booboo. He had the sweetest face and gave lots of love right away. To this day, even though I have a pup of my own, I will still always consider him my baby. He helped me find myself and learn to love myself. He was there for all of my hard work and exhaustion in high school. When I go home to visit my parents, he knows it's my car and comes running to see me.

Peppa went through a tough break up with me and she sat there with a paw on me at all times, on standby to show me love. I was three hours away from home and three hours away from my best friend. It was from that moment on that I knew Peppa was always going to have a special place in my heart.

There are studies that prove that dogs help people with anxiety and depression cope, but I had the pleasure of experiencing it myself. So, here's a thank you to the furry friends who impacted my life for the better and always love me. Some days I don't love myself but when Peppa wakes me up with cuddles, I fall in love every time. When I come home each day, Peppa barks repeatedly and jumps on me because she's so excited that I'm home and its one of the best feelings in the world. And sometimes I can feel a panic attack coming on and I show many different signs, or usually none at all, but my girl can always sense them and she comes and sits up next to me or playfully bites my hand.

Without my pups, I wouldn't be who I am today. Heck, I might not even be here today. So hug your pup a little closer and show them extra love, for they love you more than probably anyone ever will.

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