Frosh Week Is Really Not That Great

Frosh Week Is Really Not That Great

Despite what they tell you, I really don't think much of frosh week at all.

Frosh week is supposed to be the most exciting week of college. The best week, wildest week -- whatever superlative you can think of, I've probably heard it attributed to Frosh Week. But if I'm honest, frosh week was pretty mediocre.

Aside from the OA/CA orientation trips (which were a lot of fun), the actual partying, rallying and late nights on the Street that define Frosh Week weren't what they were made out to be. For me, frosh consisted mainly of being bombarded with information on how not to plagiarize, get alcohol poisoning, and set my dorm on fire. These left me so drained of energy I enjoyed my evenings quietly on my laptop before going to bed. The nights I did go out to pregame at upperclassmen's dorms and party at eating clubs were largely spent repeating "Hi I'm Lucy, nice to meet you! What's your name?" over and over and not having a huge ton of fun.

My relatively unimpressive frosh experience can mainly be blamed on two factors: the fact that I don't drink and that I'm not very sociable of a person. But even if you are a great party drinker and an extrovert through and through, Frosh Week still may not be the most exciting or best or wildest week of college for you.

That's because frosh week is just an introduction to college -- an explosive start to four years of a new group of friends, a new home, and a new you. But the one week of frosh is a tiny fraction of the four years of college. The true excitement comes from the long term process of developing deeper connections with friends and learning a whole lot from some really impressive professors. My college experience is always evolving. Every week, I discover something new about the campus or myself that takes me by surprise and makes me fall in love with this school all over again.

For sure, I made a bunch of new friends and got a fair share of my outfits drenched in spilt beer. But at the end of every week, I look back on the people I've met, the problem sets I did, and the professors I got to each lunch with, and I think "this week has been the best week of college so far." Frosh Week doesn't even come close.

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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.
“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.

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11 Doubly Annoying Comments People Say To Double Majors, Every Single Time

There is nothing wrong with being a double major but a lot of people think there is and they all fill the need to voice it. Some things should be left unsaid and if they were we'd all be happier.


1. I'll pray for you!

Thank you for the prayers though I really do think others need them more than me.

2. Are you trying to kill yourself?

The answer to your question is no. I literally love both of my majors and neither of them makes me want to kill myself.

3. You must be crazy.

Just a little... I mean I am a double major, so I have to be crazy right?

4. Why don't you just minor in one?

Well, for starters, I love both and they will look really good after college on resumes and stuff... Plus, I don't want to.

5. Well if it was me, I would...

I'm sorry Karen, it's not you. I didn't ask for your thoughts nor do I want them. Thank you, though.

6. Do you even have a life outside of school?

Actually, I keep a really good life outside of academics. It's literally about being able to balance work, school and social.

7. Do you do anything other than study?

Yes, I do spend a lot of time studying and doing homework but I still have time to hang out, just preferably Friday night or Saturday because other than that it's school work.

8. I thought about double majoring but I don't see the point in it.

This is one where I kind of just look at people and nod because I'm glad you don't see the point, but I most definitely do.

9. Do you think I should double?

I would love to give you a simple yes-no answer but it's not that simple.

10. Aren't you worried about it taking longer than four years to finish?

As long as I take courses that I have to have and not extra's, and I stay on top of it, I can still graduate in four years. Side note: people with one major and no minor take five years to graduate all the time.

11. Why don't you just drop one?

Because as hard as it is and it can be very hard, in the end, it's worth it to me. It's worth the crazy looks people give me, it's worth the sleepless nights, the long days and the minor social life. It's all worth it because in the end, being a double major isn't something everyone can do.

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