Panic Moments in College

7 Panic Moments EVERYONE Has Their Freshman Year Of College, So Just Breathe

Inhale then exhale.

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As I begin my Sophomore year of college at UCLA, I can't help but reflect on all the good, bad, and hilarious times during my freshman year. From pulling back to back all-nighters, making spontaneous trips to Salt and Straw, to forgetting about homework assignments, I learned a lot about how to cope with college life. However, I also remember some fears and anxieties that I had to overcome. So, here's a list of seven moments of panic every person has during their freshman year of college along with some advice on how to get through them. I think we can all relate.

1. "Who are my roommates going to be and will we get along?" 

The summer before my freshman year I was super nervous and excited to find out who my new roommates were going to be. I had all kinds of worries and anxieties about living with new people. "Are they going to be clean?" "Will we become best friends?" "What if I get one that's a complete psycho?" Luckily, I had AMAZING roommates who were really sweet and clean. Like in any relationship, make sure to communicate with your roommates about your expectations for the dorm room throughout the year in order to avoid conflict.

2. Signing up for an 8am class, then realizing that you will never wake up on time

I'm not a morning person. No matter how hard I try, I can never get up when my alarm goes off. Add an early morning class and it makes for the perfect storm. However, sometimes you have to bite the bullet. Before signing up for classes, make sure to take into account your sleep schedule in order to be the most alert and ready for your day.

3. Getting lost on your way to a new class

UCLA is an enormous campus with countless buildings filled with classrooms that more or less look exactly the same. I have vivid memories of running down hallways, frantically looking for my classroom on the first day, praying that I wouldn't be late. Sometimes we just have those days.

4. "I just got a bad grade and I'm never going to graduate!"

Take a deep breath. Getting a bad grade or struggling in a class happens to everyone at one point or another. Not succeeding right away does not define your worth or intelligence. My advice would be to go to your professor's office hours, join a study group, and take it one day at a time. Planning and studying in increments will help to ensure that you are keeping up with the class rather than waiting to cram during finals week.

5. "What am I going to major in?"

Picking a major can be stressful especially when everyone around you seems like they already have their entire life together. However, in reality, this is not true at all. It's totally fine to be unsure of what you want to do and try out different classes to see what sparks your interest. My advice would be to spend time really thinking about what you love to do rather than rushing into a major that you don't enjoy just because everyone else has already picked. More often than not people end up changing their majors and that's totally ok too. I changed mine halfway through the year and it was the best decision.

6. "Everyone is having more fun than I am" 

I'll be the first to tell you that this is a lie! In the age of social media, everyone only posts the highlights of their life, making them appear to be having fun all of the time. This leads to everyone comparing their life to other people's lives. No one's life is exciting and happy all the time. I can guarantee you that everyone has moments of loneliness in college and that's ok. My advice would be to take a break from social media, join a club, and put yourself out there. Also, take advantage of having alone time in college; privacy and quiet can be really hard to come by.

7. "Am I cut out for college?"  

During my first year, I definitely had moments of worry and anxiety about whether or not I was smart enough, responsible enough, or good enough to be at college. As the year went on, I learned that everyone feels this way at some point and adjusting to your new life will come with struggles. This is totally ok and normal. However, I can confidently say that by the time I finished my first year I was more than prepared—I just had to give it some time and be less judgmental of myself. Learning to work through my insecurities has helped me to learn so much more about myself and has made my college experience all the more worthwhile.

Despite all of these panic moments that you will have in college, I can assure you that you will get through them and make the best memories of your life. Just remember to keep your head up, stay true to yourself, surround yourself with uplifting people, and take a deep breath!

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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.
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College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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