32 Times 'Grownish' Explained Your Freshman Year Of College

32 Times 'Grownish' Explained Your Freshman Year Of College

Same, AF.

For most of us, freshman year of college is kind of a blur. Maybe it's because of all the partying, but more than likely it's because of all of those cringeworthy moments you have purposefully blocked out of your memory.

1. Constructing the perfect first-impression outfit.

What does your jacket say about you?

2. Those first day jitters.

Whether it was move-in day at the dorms or your first day of orientation, starting your college career was reasonable cause for you to be nervous AF.

3. Attempting to sign up for your first semester of classes.

Planning and time management is no eighteen year old's strong suit.

4. The expectations of your first night out.

You're finally out on your own and the world is your oyster.

5. And the realities of your first college party.

Alcohol is a hell of a drug.

6. Those worried phone calls from your parents.

Even though you know you miss them equally as hard.

7. Bonding with all of your new friends.

You're all looking for a support system, so end up forming your own.

8. When you meet your first--of many, new crushes.

Don't worry, you'll forget who they are by your second semester.

9. And things escalate quite quickly.

But you've got it under control.

10. ...And learn that you've got some competition.

But winners don't quit, right?

11. Playing the field for the first time.

But that too quickly blows up in your face.

12. The first time your parents and/or family come to visit.

Communication was never a strong suit as a teenager.

13. Getting creative with your income.

You can't buy ramen and coffee with zero dollars in your bank account.

14. What getting ready in the morning looks like by midterms.

No one ever said you were perfect.

15. When you ask your squad for advice on your "love" life.

Let's be real, this is a hook-up culture.

16. When your friends tell you what you did the night before when you were drunk.

Delete your socials...and burn your social security card.

17. Roommate dynamics.

Don't worry, most people get less passive aggressive with age...I think?

18. Your newfound post-one-night-stand confidence.

Stay cool.

19. Forming your own beliefs and politics outside of your families'.

Welcome to the real world.

20. The various mental breakdowns.

It's actually quite normal to feel lost in life, let alone your first year of college.

21. The ugly break-ups.

They are very messy with all that bottled up angst.

22. When someone else questions your major/general life plans.

And you do yourself the disservice of doubting yourself too.

23. When the flu goes around campus.

College dorms are germ infested swamps.

24. Trying to get into bars while underage.

You don't quite have the funds for a legit fake I.D. yet.

25. When you haven't left your dorm for days and your friends try to drag you into the sunlight.

Don't worry, your bed will still be there when you get back.

26. Learning new languages.

I mean, you're a college student now, so you're ~cultured.~

27. Developing new study skills.

On a serious note, "study drugs" are no joke and there is help out there, you just need to seek it out.

28. The beginning of questioning society and culture.

Questioning does not change reality, but it does illuminate it.

29. Taking your first semester of final exams.

Close your eyes, circle things and never look back.

30. Learning how to be humble.

Confidence is important too.

31. Making friends outside of your major.

We still all can always find things in common.

32. Realizing that it takes a village.

Getting through college is not easy by any means, but it does go a whole lot easier when you are surrounded by people who challenge and lift you up.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Junior Year Was A Learning Experience About Who I Am In Order To Be The Best Version Of Myself

This year was a changing experience.


I walked inside with a sure enthusiasm that this year would be better than last. I told myself that I wasn't gonna man the same mistakes and fall into the same traps that can left my grades in the dust for so many years. I said that this was the first year I was going to be stress free and without any problems. I also said this would be the year I would get in shape and stop eating cookies but the day that I'm writing it is national chocolate chip cookie day and I'm enjoying a nice and warm one.

This year is puts so much stress on friendships and the way that people interact with one another. Everyone is so on edge due to a lack of sleep and understanding that we all can tend to lash out at each other even though we wouldn't if we weren't in that state of consistent tiredness and sadness. Running on 4-5 hours of sleep really makes it difficult to understand any conflict that may occur. For example, on the day of the hardest Chemistry test of the year, I saw two of my friends lash out at each other in a moment of pure emotion. But almost as fast as the argument began, it was over and they had overcome the conflict between them. It really is a testament to your connection with the other person if you can make it through the whole year without running into any problems. In terms of personal experiences, each day was a challenge due to the little brain function I had, but I managed to not give into my issues. I was able to work around them and keep myself going.

Junior year was an experience that I'm going to keep with me forever because of the good and the bad. First off, I would like to thank my parents for never giving me that resolved look of contempt or happiness. This only motivated me or to work harder and I would like to say that I think I made you guys proud with how hard I worked this year. The next people I would like to thank are my friends, you guys are the actual goats. I know that many of you guys don't know how much I appreciate you and I would like to say that I really take it to heart when you guys help me with a certain problem, whether its academic, social, or none of the above.

As for the plot that most people were waiting now, the grades of the haunted Junior Year. I consider myself to be a very average student and I thought that my grades were going to be once again average by junior year standards. I though that they were going to fall so low that I would not be asian failing anymore. Surprisingly, this was the first year out of all my years in high school that my hard work paid off with consistent grades. That does not mean good but that does not mean bad. As a junior at Northview, I was amongst the 200 that took 4 AP classes and etc etc. Grades do not have to define you and getting a single bad grade will not kill you is the lesson I learned this year. That was the single most important idea that I could have taken from this year because it gave me a new perspective on my education. It was time I lived a little.

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