How to Spot a Freshman

How to Spot a Freshman

The eight dead giveaways that someone is in their first year of college
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We all fondly remember our first day moving into our Freshman dorm. There is something magical about leaving home for the first time to attend college, and yet this wonderment comes with some naivete. It's easy to admit that in the four short years at an undergrad college or University, we have changed a great deal from acceptance letter to graduation. Here are just a few ways that the experienced upperclassmen have learned to spot a "frosh."

1. They don't know how to do laundry

To be fair I'm a Junior and had to call my dad last night to ask how to wash dress clothes.


2. They go to all the campus events

Trying to make friends? Go to everything. Check out Jewish club, even if you aren't Jewish. Maybe there'll be food!


3. They take all the required textbooks for the class to EVERY class

We aren't even reading that book for another two weeks, why would you need to bring everything every time??


4. They ask to go to the bathroom during class

It's okay, child. You're free. You no longer need permission to leave class.


5. They stay up all night just because they have no one to tell them to go to bed

For the first taste of freedom, a lot of freshmen like to test their new powers. This is a bad decision.


6. They wake up two hours early for class

Honey, the building is RIGHT ACROSS THE QUAD. Just wake up and throw on some pants, I promise you will not be late.


7. They actually have morning classes

Still coming off that High school vibe of getting up early, they think they can definitely handle a 7:30 class every day.


8. They get all dressed up the first week

It's Cells and Genes, not Cells and Designer Jeans.

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50 Of The Best Party Themes

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Hello all you party people! If you're looking for an awesome party theme, you've come to the right place. I have spent my freshman year of college personally investigating the mysteries that are frat parties, exchanges and house parties. Well, not really all of them, but I do hear things. Don't worry about any creativity blocks before your next big bash. Let me do the thinking for you.

1. Rumble in the jungle.

This is a theme that alludes to that famous match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. And for those that have no idea what I am talking about, it means you dress up like jungle animals. No matter which way you dress up, this theme is sure to be a 'hit.'

2. March madness.

Everybody loves college basketball, right? Wrong. But no one will oppose a theme that lets the guests wear a comfy jersey all night. If you're just really against college sports or basketball in general, you can always dress up as a "mad" person or one of my favorites, the Mad Hatter. Your guests are sure to go "crazy" over this party theme.

3. Olympics.

During a year when the Winter Olympics held, this can be an interesting party theme. Your guests can dress up as a famous team member or as a new participant in the games. They can "sport" the colors of their favorite country.

4. Shipwrecked.

It's a party set on a wrecked boat on an island. You can import sand and build a pool. Everyone can come in sailing outfits, Hawaiian shirts or swimsuits. This theme is sure to make a "splash."

5. Rock 'n roll.

Eighties rock and roll is one of the greatest themes of all time. Big hair, leather and head banging make any party better. Get your buddies together and rock those old band shirts. And once the hairspray settles out of the air, enjoy the "rockin'" outfits your friends put together.

6. Down in the denim/jexchange/jarty.

Oh the amount of clothing that can be found in denim. With this theme, everyone dresses in as much denim as they can possibly find. No one will be feeling "blue" when they walk into the party decked out in good ol' dungarees.

7. Country club.

Golf, tennis, visors and gloves are all on the list for this awesome party. No one can say "no" to golf shoes and tennis skirts. These puns are getting difficult.

8. Duck calls and overalls.

Everyone gets to dress up in camo, overalls or as a duck. Don't forget those great noise makers, often heard at sporting events where ducks are nowhere to be found. Everyone will love this awesome theme. It's also a great rhyme.

9. When I grow up.

Dress up in the outfit you would wear as a grownup. What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, artist, teacher? They're all great choices with this theme.

10. Cool in middle school.

Everyone wears what was cool when they were in middle school. Break out those Abercrombie shirts and UGG boots. It's time to take a travel back in time to those great days of junior high.

11. Out of this world.

Aliens and astronauts are a match made in heaven. Dress up in space gear or in glitter as a fashionable alien. This is an awesome theme to show your creativity.

12. "American Horror Story."

This makes a great Halloween theme. Everyone can dress up as a character from their favorite season. This makes for great conversations and debates about the many different turns the show has taken.

13. Hunt or be hunted.

Hunters and animals are on the agenda for this great party. Camo and deer face paint are some staples of these awesome bashes. Have a great time, but don't prey on anyone too hard.

14. Drafted date.

Get your date to dress up as a team player with you. Draft them to your team and make them your next big star.

15. Spring break.

Parties, swim suits, sand and water are all on the checklist for this theme. Party like it's spring break. No one will think you're crazy for buying 50 pounds of sand from Home Depot.

16. Fright night.

Dress up like the scariest thing you can think of. This is another great Halloween party idea. Just make sure to warn the neighbors so there aren't too many unnecessary scares.

17. Rome in the foam.

Toga! Toga! Toga! Yes, it's a foam party and a toga party all in one. "What's better than a toga party?" you ask. Well add some foam and find out for yourself.

18. Fiesta.

Everyone loves a good Cinco de Mayo party. Margaritas and tacos are on the menu for this awesome theme that is good for anytime of the year (not just May).

19. Let freedom ring.

It's a patriotic party for everybody to go all out with their red, white, and blue gear. Celebrate America while having a great time with all of your friends.

20. Red carpet.

Famous people can come from anywhere today. Dress up like those that have already made it big and see who can guess the identities of all the guests at the party.

21. Fat Tuesday.

Mardi Gras, Pardi Gras! Yep, that's right. Purple, green and gold can never look terrible together. Get all dressed up and party like Lent starts tomorrow with this awesome theme.

22. Rhyme or reason.

Find a date/friend and dress up as two items that rhyme or as a phrase that makes sense. Rock, paper, scissors is a great phrase for a group of three friends. Have fun and get creative with this fun theme.

23. Happy New Year

Fireworks, champagne, and GLITTER are necessary for this awesome theme. Celebrate any time or throw an actual New Years party. That's up to you.

24. Derby Days

Bowties, sunhats, and pastel colors are all on the list for this awesome party to mimic the great Kentucky Derby. Break out the Vineyard Vines and boat shoes as you celebrate the preppy world that surrounds these famous horse races.

25. What Happens In Vegas

Blackjack and poker are {on the table} with this great theme. Pass out chips and let everyone see who can win the most by the end of the night.

26. Glow What You Know

Grab all the glowsticks you can find and turn off the lights. Watch as all of the glowing bracelets and necklaces move around the room. This is a {BRIGHT} idea for any occasion.

27. Buds With Buds

This one is a pretty simple idea. Gather a bunch of your buddies together and crack open a few Buds (that's Budweisers). This is a great laid back party theme.

28. Speakeasy With Gatsby

A '20s themed party is so fun. Flappers and gangsters can file into your speakeasy. As the music starts playing everyone can start to swing dance and have a little fun.

29. Ugly Sweater

Christmas sweaters and Irish sweaters are all options for this great party theme. Everybody loves ugly sweaters.

30. Alice In Wonderland

Get your friends to dress up as the mad hatter, the queen of hearts, the chesire cat, or the mad hare. It'll all be great with some tea and sugar on the table.

31. Hero's Weakness

Couples and groups can dress up as superheros and their coresponding weaknesses. Superman and Kryptonite would be a good idea. Iron Man and Pepper Potts maybe? The options are endless.

32. Spy Next Door

This is a super secret theme that allows your guests to dress up in all black as awesome spies. Keep the fun going with an interesting mystery running through the party.

33. Seeing Red

Everyone wears red. Serve red drinks. Take the color and make everything about that color. You don't have to pick red. Blue, green, black, white, yellow, and orange are all good colors too.

34. Disney Through The Ages

Dress up as your favorite Disney characters from all through the ages. You can even dress up as your favorite version of the character.

35. Flannels and Handles

Everyone dresses in Flannel shirts and they bring a handle with them to help with fueling the party. Everything will be fun and cozy with this lumberjack-esque party.

36. Hawaiian Luau

Everybody loves a Luau. Hawaiian lais are a great accessory for this party. Add a coconut bra and everybody will have a good time with tiki torches and flame throwers.

37. Pajama Party

Everyone gets to wear their comfy pajamas and curl up for a good movie marathon. What is better than hanging with friends in comfy pajamas while watching movies?

38. Hometown Throw Down

This one is a fun theme. Everyone dresses up in something that is from or reminds them of their hometown. From school uniforms to famous foods, the outfits your friends show up in will be awesome.

39. Mathletes and Athletes

So geeks and jocks are natural enemies right? Well except for when it comes to doing homework. Whichever one your friends decide to dress up as, this theme will make for great pictures and memories.

40. White Trash

Dress like the redneck that is hiding deep down inside you. Get out the wife-beater tank tops and the maybe a fake mullet and mustache. Everyone can have fun with this theme.

41. High School Stereotypes

The stereotypical cheerleader, jock, nerd, or hipster will make for great inspiration for this theme. Your friend group will be great with this theme as they enjoy looking back on their high school selves.

42. ABC (Anything But Clothes)

Now, anything but clothes sounds a bit odd, but it gets really awesome when you and your friends get really creative. Trashbags, Duct tape, and caution tape makes for very interesting outfits. Get crafty and come up with a great idea.

43. Under The Sea

Mermaids and sharks and anything else you can find under the sea will be amazing for this theme. The more you dress up, the better the party will be.

44. Rags To Riches

Dress up as the top or bottom 1%. From fancy suits to blankets in buggies, this party will be an awesome way to see just how fancy or how down your friends can become.

45. Graffiti Party

Everyone wears a plain white t-shirt and brings sharpie markers to draw with. Let others draw and write on your shirt and see what messages you end up with at the end of the night.

46. Name Game

For this theme everyone dresses up as something that starts with the same letter as their name. I, Kay-Lynn, would dress up as a kickboxer or a kangaroo. This is a fun and creative theme for the crafty friend group.

47. Four Seasons

Everyone picks a season and dresses accordingly. Swimsuits and flip flops are for summer. Jackets and boots are perfect for winter. A summer party with people in their winter garmets would be a sight to see.

48. Around The World

Everyone gets to dress up as a place to travel to around the world. London, France, Germany, and China are all great places to visit and dress up as. Enjoy your great trip without having to leave the comfort of your home.

49. Black Light

Oh what a fun time black lights are. Replace regular light bulbs with black lights and tell everyone to wear white and neon colors to make for a bright party. Add some strobe lights into the mix to make it even more fun.

50. Jail Break

Last but not least, this theme is great for everyone to have fun with. Everybody gets to dress up like convicts that have escaped from prison. Jump suits and hanging handcuffs are great outfit pieces for this party theme.

I hope that these themes will serve you well as you decide what spectacular party to throw next. Enjoy and remember: Don't take any of these too seriously!

Cover Image Credit: Kay-Lynn Klug

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Thinking About Your Future Is Hard

College is where you really have to start planning your future.

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Since I'm still an undergrad, I have some time to plan my life after college - that is my life once I graduate and get my Bachelor's.

When I first came to college, I didn't expect much out of what I'd do once I received my Bachelor's in Animal Science. I just assumed that I was going to go straight into vet school, become a veterinarian, and open my own practice.

Nope. Not today.

I, of course, switched my major to English so I could concentrate my skills in creative writing. I didn't know what I could do as a creative writer and everyone assumed I wanted to be a teacher. During my panic, I took several career assessments and found some similar career paths that appealed to me and now I have a plan. I'm not saying it's full proof but it's a plan nonetheless.

It's nerve-wracking trying to make sure you're on the correct path. So I'm planning to go to grad school and get a masters and then a Ph.D. It's just the process of applying and funding grad school makes me want to curl into a ball, in a corner, on my bed, and under the covers. My mind freezes whenever I have to think about the fact that I, Jacqulea Anderson, will be going to grad school once I graduate. Me. ME! It's mind-blowing because I have a clue as to what I want to pursue relating to my Master's but not for my Doctorate's. Creative writing has a master's program, but to get my Ph.D., I would have to just get it in English if I want to stay that route. Which adds to the stress of planning my life after college.

Everything changes: your mind, tastes, and wants change. They develop the older you get and once you realize you don't want to pursue your dream major, then it's back to the drawing board. While you can change your degree in grad school, it's also a good idea to have a slight clue as to what program you want to apply for.

Along the way, you figure out the adult part of life. Such as taxes, insurance, rent/mortgage, random bills, credit scores, and everything else under the sun because who actually taught us what we needed to know about adult living? You have to figure out where you want to live and if it's convenient enough distance wise from your job or school. There's just so much to factor in once you leave undergrad and you have a support system (hopefully) that will help guide you, but in the end, it's still you. You have to be the one to make the decisions on what you want to do with your life based on the choices you were given. If you can make your own choice then more power to you.

Life is hard. College is hard. Learning to be a functioning adult that has 85% of their life together is a dream I'm just trying to make come true.

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