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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7 Truths About Being A Science Major


Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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How I Escaped My Hoarding Tendencies

I was once a hoarder.


Up until my third year of college, I kept everything. I had notes, homework, and tests from all of my classes starting in kindergarten, all the way until my college years. My walls were filled with photos, art, birthday and thank-you cards, plane and movie tickets, receipts, and even interesting shopping bags I'd collected over the years. Drawers were stuffed with random pieces of toys with which I felt strong emotional connections. I still kept clothes from elementary school that I certainly could not wear anymore, but for some reason felt that I needed to keep.

Despite being a hoarder, I was still quite organized. My room, usually messy, was relatively well-organized. However, during college, something for me changed. I was suddenly annoyed with all of the things I had kept over the years, and wanted a clean slate. I tore everything down from my walls, pulled out all the clothes in my closet, and decided to start over.

This whole adventure of me decluttering my room took three full days, dozens of trash bags full of items to donate, and so much excess emotional garbage. When I was finally finished, I felt so much emotional relief. While I really enjoyed sifting through every piece of paper that I had written, every exam I had taken, every toy and card that had been gifted to me, and all the clothes that no longer fit me, I was happy to finally be finished. My head hurt from the nostalgia, but I slept incredibly well that night.

Since then, I've learned how to live on a minimal amount of stuff. My room is usually tidy and I've found cleaning and organizing to be addicting and cathartic. I now keep only things with which I have strong emotional connections, like the bracelet my now-deceased grandmother gave me and the farewell letters written by my friends before I moved away for graduate school.

With fewer concrete memorabilia stowed away, I can cherish the memories that mean the most to me and focus on identifying the memories happening in the present that I want to remember forever.

Tidying up also helped me achieve a lot of my career goals in life. I don't think this success would have been possible if I had been disorganized and distracted by the past that cluttered my room.

With all of that said, I still have a long ways to go in terms of tidying my life. My work life is definitely not as organized as my home life. My desk and computer files are not organized in the best way, but I hope to implement my personal life philosophy into my work life in the future. My social and familial life are also quite disorganized. After moving to a new city, I found the initial socializing to be overwhelming and struggled to prioritize the people I wanted to spend time with. However, I am slowly working to improve this balance of my social and familial life.

While I am still on this journey, I wanted to share the impact that decluttering has had on my so far and hope that this would inspire you to identify things you can declutter in your own life.

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