A Sophomore's Survival Guide To The First Year

A Sophomore's Survival Guide To The First Year

Incoming freshmen, you're going to want to read this.

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There's a lot of things that are different when you start living at school with the same people 24/7. It's an adjustment and you're going to want to be prepared for that.

1. Be at least 5 minutes early to your classes.

First of all, you can get a good seat. But more importantly, you can start to become a familiar face to your professor which is a really good thing. You can get your notebook or laptop ready before class starts so that way you won't miss any of the lecture.

2. Keep a clean room.

Considering most of your friends will be made in the residence halls, people are going to end up hanging out in your room. No one wants to walk into a gross, tiny room, so try to keep it tidy.

3. Use a planner.

Staying organized is so important. With 5 classes and a ton of coursework, you're not going to be able to magically remember all of your assignments and upcoming exams, so you need to find a cute planner and write everything down. Color-coding definitely helps.

4. Go out and have fun.

Don't go out every night, but some of the best ways to make new friends is to go out.

5. Go to the club fair.

Find something that you like and sign up for it! It's such an easy way to make new friends and keep busy on campus.

6. Always carry an umbrella.

You never know when you're going to be walking to class when all of a sudden it starts to downpour. Trust me, you don't want to get caught in the rain with your books, your laptop, and your clothes.

7. Get in a routine.

Being in a routine will help you feel more at home. For example, go to class, go to the gym, do your homework, and watch Netflix. Although it can change a bit each day you'll feel much better if you have an idea of what you're doing when you wake up each day.

8. Try your best not to procrastinate.

Seriously you're not going to want to have assignments that you didn't finish when all of a sudden plans come up last minute.

9. Find a show to watch when you have a bad day.

Some days you're just going to want to curl up in your bed and watch a show. Whether it's Friends, The Office, or Parks & Rec, it'll make your day a lot better.

10. Do your laundry once a week.

Get in the habit so that you never run out of clean clothes. I promise it's not hard.

11. Walk in groups.

During the day walking to class by yourself is fine, but walking around after class try to walk with at least one other person. I'm not saying your campus isn't safe, I'm just saying you need to take precautions.

12. Don't spend all of your points in the first few weeks.

Whatever system your school uses for meal points other than dining halls, don't use all of them before the semester has even begun. You're not going to be happy when halfway through the semester you don't have enough points to buy the snack you want in the student center.

13. Leave your door open for a while.

Meet the people on your floor and be friendly! They're your neighbors for the next year.

14. Don't overpack.

Don't bring more than you actually need because there's hardly any extra room in your dorm so you don't need a bunch of extra stuff.

15. Just relax.

Seriously you'll be fine, college is fun! If you get stressed call your parents or your home friends. Reach out to new people on campus. Take a nap or go out. Whatever you decide to do, just have fun.

College is a time to have fun and learn as much as you can, so just relax and take a deep breath because it's not as scary as you may be thinking.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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26 Songs You'll ALWAYS Hear At A College Girl's Pregame, If It's Lit

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Basic or not, there are certain songs that just put us in the mood to sing and dance our young hearts out! This playlist has a good combination of songs to get you ready for a night out with the girls.

1. The entire "thank u, next" album by Ariana Grande 

2. "No Hands" by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Wale and Roscoe Dash 

3. "Sucker" by Jonas Brothers 

4. "She Twerkin" by Cash Out 

5. "Money" by Cardi B

6. "Twerk" by City Girls ft. Cardi B

7. "This Feeling" by The Chainsmoker ft. Kelsea Ballerini 

8. "Thotiana" by Blueface 

9. "No Brainer" by DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo 

10. "Fergalicious" by Fergie ft. Will.I.Am

11. "Wake Up In The Sky" by Bruno Mars, Gucci Mane and Kodak Black 

12. "F**ck With U" by Pia Mia ft. G-Eazy 

13. "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld 

14. "ZEZE" by Kodak Black ft. Travis Scott and Offset 

15. "Shots" by LMFAO 

16. "ICY GIRL" by Saweetie 

17. "Better Not" by Louis The Child ft. Wafia 

18. "Motor Sport" by Migos ft. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B 

19. "Party In The U.S.A" by Miley Cyrus 

20. "WORKIN ME" by Quavo 

21. "All My Friends" by Snakehips ft. Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 

22. "SICKO MODE" by Travis Scott ft. Drake 

23. "Taste" by Tyga ft. Offset 

24. "Mo Bamba" by Sheck Wes 

25. "Sweet But Psycho" by Ava Max 

26. "Pills And Automobiles" by Chris Brown ft. Kodak Black, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Yo Gotti 

Now, go on and dance the night away!

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