I Hate To Break It To You, But College Is Going To Hit You Like A Train

I Hate To Break It To You, But College Is Going To Hit You Like A Train

Don't worry too much though, I'll help you through it.
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I hate to admit it, but I'm literally young, dumb, and broke like Khalid says. Just like the rest of you freshman out there I thought I was overly prepared to move out of the house, and into college. I didn't think I would even break a sweat during the whole process. Little did I know it would be one hell of a stressful day. From not being able to sleep (I was up for a total of 30-some hours), to breaking out in hives, I can proudly say I'm onto day two alone and... I'm still alive.

Now don't let me fool you, back home I was pretty independent compared to everyone else. I liked working, I did my own thing 99% of the time, and I always knew that if anything were to happen I'd totally be able to survive on my own.

College is inevitably going to hit you like a train hitting a solid concrete wall.

Regardless of how prepared you think you are, I promise it will. As always I'm here to help, so here are a few pieces of (rather premature and pristine) advice that I can give you.

Get familiar with campus BEFORE move in day. If I would've done this, I wouldn't have spent an hour looking for my dorm. Seriously, this will help tremendously.

Next thing is, know what your dorm will look like beforehand. It will be so much easier on move in day and while you're shopping for the things you need.

You guys should also know this... communicate with your roommate! You can save so much time, money, conflict and confusion if you do.

Figure out how your meal plan works so you aren't dumbfounded while trying to eat somewhere. Bring some of your favorite knick knacks to make your dorm feel more like home, this will help with homesickness. Lastly, do not forget to bring stuff to snack on. I know it seems like a given, but you don't want to end up young, dumb, broke and hungry.

Before I got here, I was so unprepared it's crazy. After the first day of unpacking, scheduling classes, searching for places to eat, and finally laying down in bed, I still wasn't at ease. I was anxious (and hot because there isn't any freaking air conditioning in my dorm), so I went on a walk. I walked through the entire campus and even off campus.

I saw tons of people out having a blast, I saw all the stores, all the places to eat, and everything else that Bowling Green State University has to offer. After that, it felt like there was a huge weight lifted off of my chest. I felt a little more at home. I wasn't so scared anymore. I figured out that within due time, this place was going to become home and I am beyond excited for that.

With all of that being said, don't worry.

If I can do it, I promise you can do it. You've got this. It's quite scary at first, but after your nerves calm down due to the shock of change... it's going to become home. I've realized that you and I are gonna make friends, we're going to figure it out and find our way. We got thrown into adulthood with slim to no time to adjust, but someday we will look back at college and reminisce about how marvelous these times were. Nonetheless, just take a chill pill and wait it out... we're about to experience some of the most amazing times we have ever had.

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Spring break is three weeks away and I am already counting down the days. Why didn't anyone warn me that Sophomore year is so stressful? Don't get me wrong, I am extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to further my education. However, sometimes I just have to put my feelings first, and admit that I feel overwhelmed by my college workload.

Before any adults say “college is easy, you just need to apply your time” I do apply my time! This semester I am taking 18 credits, writing for the Odyssey, and active in two on-campus clubs. For those who are in the same predicament and balance a full/part-time job, I salute you. Recently, on Twitter, I came across a tweet stating “College isn't hard, the work just piles up on you” and related to that completely. I feel teachers should give homework because it gives clarity and practice in concepts that were not understood in class. But homework such as 40 multiple choice questions in macroeconomics, 40 multiple choice questions in accounting, 145 pages to read in fashion, a two page in essay in business writing, 45 pages to read plus a discussion question in international marketing, and 16 short answer questions in organizational behavior per week is excessive! Especially if you are not naturally gifted, so you have to take time outside of class to review lessons. And guess what? Somewhere in between all that work, I have to find time to eat, exercise, socialize, sleep, and apply for summer internships. On top of that, when you suffer from anxiety, managing symptoms is a full-time job in itself.

Its hard when you want to be successful but the process of achieving success requires you climb up a narrow mountain with a broken arm with 20/70 vision.



Or requires you to be this guy.


Nevertheless, When I feel defeated (which is often) I refer to my motivational quotes which states “Build your own dreams, or someone will hire you to build theirs” and “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” to get me through. College is definitely a never-ending cycle of headaches, but I’m confident that I’ll eventually enjoy the fruits of my labor. Therefore, cheers to 2 ½ more months in the semester.






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I knew I loved Villanova University from the first time I stepped on campus. This was back in my junior year of high school. The following two years I adamantly followed Villanova in the hopes that I would end up there. Everything about this school was desirable.

It just seemed like a happy, lively, and loving place. When I was accepted in my senior year, I was ecstatic. This was the place I had dreamed of being, and now my dream was coming true. Now that I am here, I get to love all the things I had previously admired from afar, plus everything I have gotten to experience since getting here.

1. It’s gorgeous campus

From the Oreo to the cherry trees lining the entrance of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church, wherever you go on campus. I know when I was looking at schools, I would always notice the cohesiveness of the buildings around campus.

2. The Spit/Cova

Some people love the Spit and some people hate it, but regardless, upperclassmen will tell you to cherish it while you still have it. In addition, Cova is the best dining hall on campus in my opinion, no contest.

3. Its proximity to Philly

Philly is an amazing city and it’s a mere 30-minute train ride away.

4. Tailgates

If you think your college’s tailgates are impressive, you’ve never been to a Villanova one. You haven’t lived until you’ve partied in the Wells Fargo parking lot for hours while the temperature is in the teens.

5. The small classes

And while this does mean that your professor knows when you skip, this also means that they have a better opportunity of getting to know you on a more personal level.

6. Basketball

Basketball brings Villanova together in the best way possible.

7. Jay Wright

I shouldn’t even have to explain this one.

8. Greek life

Greek life is by no means the be-all end-all of social life at Villanova, and I think that’s what makes it so great. It’s what you make of it.

9. Camp Co

I’m not sorry, you knew this would be on here. Buffalo mozzarella fries forever have my heart.

10. The students

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