50 Things I Learned My Freshman Year Of College

50 Things I Learned My Freshman Year Of College

Popcorn sets off the fire alarm.
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With finals and move-out just around the corner, my freshman year of college is almost at its end. Being out of state, I was immediately thrown into an environment with minimal knowledge of what the next months would entail. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing.

However, there are some things that I wish I would've known going in. In the long run, I learned which made for some interesting times this year as well as some good memories. R.I.P freshman year of college, you were an interesting one.

1. You're here for school.

2. School is hard.

3. Dining Hall food gets old fast.

4. You'll make a lot of meals in your dorm.

5. Showering and eating are harder in college.

6. So is working out.

7. Walking to class is an excuse not to go to the rec.

8. You'll learn a little too much about your roommate.

9. You will officially take advantage of naps.

10. You will probably become incredibly stressed out.

11. You will always thank yourself for buying snacks.

12. The Freshman 15 is real but avoidable.

13. College isn't what you see on social media.

14. You will miss your Mom.

15. And your friends.

16. And probably your pets and your bed.

17. You will re-wear outfits instead of washing quite frequently.

18. You will get homesick.

19. Don't take an 8 AM.

20. Don't take a night class.

21. Professors aren't always understanding.

22. You'll meet a ridiculous amount of people.

35. Free printing? Yes, please.

36. DONT BUY BOOKS UNLESS YOU NEED TO

37. You will not have as much alone time.

38. Find a routine, and stick to it.

39. Call your family frequently.

40. Take advantage of your time at home.

41. Don't pack that many T-Shirts.

42. You'll get a lot of free stuff (i.e. T-Shirts).

43. Don't pass up on an opportunity.

44. Make conversation in the elevator.

45. Treat Yo Self.

46. DO EXTRA CREDIT.

47. Study, but remember to sleep.

48. You'll Watch A Ridiculous Amount Of Netflix.

49. Popcorn will set off the fire alarm.

50. Getting out of your comfort zone is worth it.

Cover Image Credit: Abby Amundson

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The Real Reason Millennials Seem So Indecisive To Old Folks' Untrained Eyes

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So, it's 2018, right? But for whatever reason, older people still think we're supposed to stay in one job that we don't even like until we die because "it's the right thing to do." How can something that isn't stimulating, or mentally or physically fulfilling be the right thing to do in any situation?

Also, if a job isn't paying you nearly enough, go find another one. Education is expensive and you should be paid what you're worth. The degree you paid for should earn you a decent salary.

The fact that you have to have a degree to do most jobs now is something older generations don't understand. Before, you could just drop out of school at like 16 and find work. Now, sometimes a bachelors degree isn't enough! And they don't get that struggle.

Getting into college used to be much less competitive. You basically got to choose where you wanted to go, not the other way around. Also, you could go through four years of college for what one semester costs nowadays. As I said, going to college for older people wasn't a priority, for us, it's a necessity.

Employers also usually hate people who have had "too many" jobs in a short period of time, but they don't know where you worked before. Maybe it was a terrible work environment and you didn't feel needed or safe there. Maybe you had to move for financial reasons. There are a lot of reasons people leave jobs. And I would think employers would be more impressed that a person can find multiple jobs and get hired rather than being upset because they keep leaving.

Another thing older people think is that millennials are lazy and just use their phones all the time. But in high school, older people could slack off, didn't have to go to college, would still be fine, and didn't have any technology.

Now we have AP, IB, and dual credit classes, GPA's stress students out, applying for college and getting accepted is a whole show. Getting through college is stressful; finding internships, making sure you can afford all the things, applying for scholarships. Finally, you graduate and get your degree only to not be guaranteed a job. Not to mention stress about student loans, living arrangements, and the list goes on. But sure we're lazy.

Also, a lot of teenagers now and when I was in high school don't have jobs in high school because after the whole recession happened, older people started taking those jobs when they lost their high-paying ones. Also, basically every job wants experience now, but you can't gain experience if no one will hire you. So, don't call us lazy for not taking jobs that you stole from us.

And... we have to know how to work all technology?

Use social media for most jobs?

And fix phones for old people but we're on our phones too much?

Interesting that you say that... I think we deserve to be on our phones after the stress of high school, college and trying to find a job that pays us enough to cover the cost of a place to live, food, gas, a car and more.

I'm not trying to say that there's anything wrong with the way things were done before. I'm just saying that millennials deserve a little more respect than they get from older generations.

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