5 Things That Make Your Return To Syracuse University

5 Things That Make Your Return To Syracuse University

College is finally here!

We all know the craziness, thrill, sadness and over all emotional instability of going to college. There is too much to do in so little time, it's tough. But, there are a couple things, traditionally, that signify going back to school every fall.

1. Packing

Everyone knows the irritation, anger, sweat, and anxiety that comes with packing for college. Not only are u packing to leave home but you are bringing enough clothing to last you a full 8 months at school. That is a lot of stuff. Not only that, but let us discuss the actual transportation of said stuff. Every nook and cranny of the vehicle is filled. Those with severe claustrophobia are required to face their fears for the however many hour long commute to school. Fathers are sweating, mothers are crying and siblings are just a waste of space and resources. But hey! It’s all worth it.

2. The week of eating prior to leaving for school

The week before leaving you insulate your body with all the home-cooked food, favorite restaurant meals, and delicious treats before returning back to the questionably edible dining hall food. What many people don’t realize is that within this week you actually gain a substantial amount of weight only kick-starting your overall weight gain at school. Is it all worth it? It’s hard to say, but, desperate times call for desperate measures!

3. Realizing you actually have so many clothes

The issue of establishing an acceptable wardrobe for college is pervasive among all female college students. What you don’t realize is that your wardrobe is pretty well developed after digging through the forgotten drawers and nooks of closets while packing. The benefit of this is that you realize you actually have a lot of clothes and that is evident in the U-Haul you were forced to bring along.

4. The excitement of returning to school

Although summer is coming to an end, the familiar scents of fall are starting to show. The anticipation of returning to school is eating away at you. Independence grows each year you return to college and it really is one of the best feelings. Not only is the social scene on point but school actually appeals to your interests and dreams in life. Everything about college allows maturity to flourish in the young minds of everyone. We must enjoy it!

5. The Goodbyes

Goodbyes are never fun. Saying goodbye to your best friends from home is one of the most painful things to do. Saying goodbye to your parent’s hurts just as much if not more. And finally, saying goodbye to sisters and brothers is probably one of the worst. Although it hurts to leave those who have grown so close to your heart, a sense of autonomy and responsibility is gained from living away from home. But, with goodbyes come all the hello’s from college friends which is so exciting and fun for everyone.

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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.


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.


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Top Ten Things To Do When Your Power Goes Out (A.K.A. It’s Not Just Sexy Time!!)

This happens a lot to people living in New England, but sometimes we have no clue what to do during those few hours...how about these as options?


So, there's a massive snowstorm outside and the power has gone out. It's depressing since you were in the middle of your most recent Parks & Rec re-binge session, but exciting at the same time since this is a new experience and adventure for you and your roommates!

...wait, the bathroom isn't working.

This sucks.

Where's the freaking power?!!?

1. Light Some Stuff On Fire


So, you're going to try and use your phone as a flashlight for the next few hours, but lighting candles would be far more atmospheric and will make everything smell crazy-good. Also, that flashlight light is just harsh. So harsh.

2. Raid the Fridge


If you don't save it, that ice cream may melt before the Electricity & Power Company's crusaders venture across the land to repair your power lines. It's time to make a feast of everything that may go bad before you get the help you need.

3. Read a Book


WOAH YEAH I KNOW -- you probably haven't even touched a book in years, but now you have a flashlight and everyone is more bored than the attendants of a financial meeting run by sloths, so this is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a different world.

4. Games!!


Board games, card games -- there are so many choices. Personally, I like to run a Black Jack table, bidding M&M's and the like (best part is that the House normally wins).

5. Play Hide & Seek


Shoot, I mean, all the lights are already off -- this is your chance!

6. Tell Spooky Stories


These can range from the Wolf-Man, to that one Creepypasta you read that one time, to when you forgot to pay your electricity bill...ooOoOoOOOoooo….spoooooooky…...

7. Build a Blanket / Pillow Fort


Go all out and make it crazy complicated (but don't set anything on fire -- keep that a no-fire-zone).

8. Dance, Dance, Dance


Plug in your phone and go all-out-rave mode. Strobe those flashlights and get down to business!

9. Straight Up Sleep


Look, it's been a long life, so why not take a little snooze? You've decided that there's really nothing more interesting to do and you only slept for three hours the night before -- this is honestly the next-best option other than using all those candles to summon Satan.

10. Summon Satan


I'm not going to tell you how, and the power is out so you can't Google it, soooo….I guess sitting in a circle with an excessive amount of candles and chanting random Latin phrases you heard in Supernatural that one time will do the trick.

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