Making The Most Of Freshman Year

Making The Most Of Freshman Year

I hope that everyone can have as unforgettable of a freshman year as me.
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I can’t believe there are only about a few days left in my freshman year. Time has flown by. I realize that I am so lucky to attend such a great school with some of the best people I have met. I hope that everyone can have as unforgettable of a freshman year as me. Here are some tips to make that happen.

Make new friends

College is a new opportunity for everyone. It’s a new beginning for everyone. For those who loved and did not like high school, college is the perfect time to start over. While I still talk to my high school friends almost every day, I love making new friends in college. It’s so easy to meet new people whether that is in your dorm building, class, or clubs. Making friends in college is different than in high school as your classmates come from all over the world with various experiences. You never know who you will meet or where. One can never have too many friends.

Explore the city you live in

While it is important to figure out all the campus resources, it is also essential that you explore your surroundings. I love exploring Atlanta and checking out restaurants and coffee shops with my friends. Over the weekends, my friends and I love going to dim sum at the Chinese restaurants on Buford Highway. I have never run out of things to do. In fact, most of Atlanta’s attractions like Ponce City Market, Virginia Highlands, and Piedmont Park are only located a short Uber ride away. It is also fun to visit neighboring schools. I have been to Georgia Tech a few times for frat parties and events. It is fun seeing how people at different schools live and it is definitely a great way to make friends.

Learn how to study appropriately and effectively

Studying in high school and in college are definitely different. While you may not have had to try as hard in high school to achieve high scores, college is not like that. Your grades come from long hours of hard work. The professors are definitely not as lenient and your class sizes are much larger. College is first about your academics and then about having fun. It is definitely not a good idea to wait to finals to pull up one’s grades. It is much harder than it seems, trust me.

Take photos of everything using your phone or camera

During my first year of college, I have made thousands of new memories and tried so many new things. I went to my first frat party, pulled an almost all nighter for purposes other than studying, had my first snow day, and many more experiences. I wish I took more photos with my friends to document each one of these milestones. In addition, I love taking photos of my food and the different places I have been to in Atlanta. Having such a beautiful campus with many picture worthy places is also a plus. I enjoy posting these photos on VSCO and sharing them on social media.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

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When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

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When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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