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.


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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.

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To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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