Hey There, Freshman, Welcome To College Life

Hey There, Freshman, Welcome To College Life

This letter is designed to inform you of the things they didn't teach you in your college prep class or in your orientation...

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Dear Freshman,

Hey there, what's up? It's your first year of college! That can be an exciting thing, but also a scary thing to think about. It's the first time you're going to be on your own. No one's going to be constantly reminding you about your homework or what you need to do.

Everything is now given to you in a packet that has all the dates of when to do things. From my personal experience, it will be difficult to hang out with or talk to your friends from high school because you're all busy and on different schedules. Once you start college, you're going to meet all different kinds of people. They are going to be people you didn't even know existed, with an array of different interests and thoughts. People will tell you their opinions and you'll either agree or disagree, but one for sure is that there's always something you'll have a similar opinion on, and the friendship will flourish from there!

The atmosphere of college is going to be different from what you're used to. There won't be bells or a certain lunch time given to you. The choice will be yours whether you want to go to class or want to eat. You'll see the consequences of your actions towards the end of your first semester.

Parties are going to be the "it" thing in college. People will talk about them and make a big fuss about it. But don't think everyone will want to go. You'll come across homebodies that would rather lay in their beds and not care to move all day. You'll stumble upon "Thirsty Thursdays." At first, you're going to feel like you have to be about that life, but soon enough, you'll get over it and see it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Overall, the most important thing to remember is to not lose yourself. It may not seem like you will, but you are going to at some point. But when that happens, it's important to not change for the worse, change for the better, because just like every other grown-up would say, it's important to change grades for good. You can't be anything or achieve anything if you aren't trying and being yourself.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

Kate
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This Semester Practically Broke My Will To Live

If I didn't have a life worth living, this semester would've swept me away.

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So this is gonna be a rant. Be prepared.

This semester started out so great. The classes I was taking were a step in the best direction for my major and minor. I would like to be a journalist one day, so I tried my hand at the journalistic writing course that's required for the major to get to the next major classes.

Now, I'm not saying it was difficult to pretend to write breaking news, but the professor made me hate my own writing. I felt like not only was my writing inadequate to become a journalist, it felt like someone was blatantly telling me that I was never going to get better.

So I continued writing the assignments and kept getting 79, 73, 80 as grades, but the submission comments were harsh and the critique was harder than I'd ever seen on any assignment. Why give me these grades if I didn't deserve them?

Did I mention that I wouldn't be able to get into any of the other classes for my major if I didn't pass journalistic writing?

On top of this, I was in a group project with only one other student. We were the group. So the group work consisted of me barely making any traction with any of my own ideas and then following what my partner wanted. It was extremely unbalanced and it felt like a constant struggle.

And finally, of course, the only class I did well in was the class that only progressed my minor's requirements.

This semester chewed me up and spit me out and still wanted me for seconds. My head has been throbbing for two weeks straight and I'm ready for a much-deserved winter break full of gourmet spiked eggnog and countless mounds of mashed potatoes.

Have a better winter break!

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