To The Unsure Future Freshman As You Tour Your Prospective Colleges, Know This

To The Unsure Future Freshman As You Tour Your Prospective Colleges, Know This

I assure you that freshman year will be everything you expected and also completely unexpected at the same time.
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I see you almost every day, walking by, following closely behind your tour guide, looking around wide-eyed, closely followed by your parents who look so nervous, careful jotting down every word that the tour guide says. I always smile to myself because just a year ago, I was standing exactly where you are and I just wanted to tell you it is all going to be OK.

Actually, it’s all going to be better than OK.

No matter what school you end up at, college is about to be the biggest, most exciting step of your life. You’ll be here before you know it. As hard as it may seem to picture right now, soon enough you will be another student passing tour groups like yours on your way to class.

Coming from someone who read just about every college prep book and nearly every article about going to college for the first time, there’s really nothing you can do to truly prepare yourself for this next step. Follow your heart when choosing what school to go to, and feel confident about your decision. Whether you loved or hated high school, I promise, this is your chance to start over.

Whether you are going in state or a million miles away from home, this is your fresh start.

Go into every situation with an open mind and a willingness to not have complete control over every situation. College is a huge change in your life, and not everything will go as planned. That’s okay though, take each step as a learning opportunity and try to look at the big picture, because once you are done with first semester, you will realize that some of your biggest mistakes are your best stories.

Put yourself out there. Get a random roommate, choose a major you love, join a random club, take an interesting class. Have fun, go up to a stranger, go out on a Wednesday, put off doing laundry, pull an all-nighter at the library, order cheesy bread at 3 a.m. Don’t just stick by the people you already know. It’s all part of the “freshman experience.”

If you aren’t uncomfortable at times, then you are doing college wrong. Being uncomfortable is all a part of growing up.

I might be a little biased, but I think Indiana University is the best school in the country, however no matter where you end up, I assure you that freshman year will be everything you expected and also completely unexpected at the same time. You will experience the best of times and the worst of times.

But, no matter what, with time you’ll slowly realize you are becoming the person you are meant to be. In some crazy way, all the late nights, dorm-room hangouts, failed classes, random clubs, laundry mishaps, amazing successes and tough rejection you faced freshman year somehow start shaping you into the person you will be at the end of these wild four years called college.

And that is something to look forward to.

Sincerely,

A second semester college freshman

Cover Image Credit: Julianna Merry

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

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  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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