To The Incoming College Freshman, Enjoy Every Single Second

To The Incoming College Freshman, Enjoy Every Single Second

Enjoy every second because I promise you it goes by in the blink of an eye.

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To the incoming college freshman,

You are filled with emotions right now. High school graduation is just around the corner, and you are so ready. You did all of your 'lasts.' Your last first day of high school. Your last football game. Your last winter break. Your last prom. The only 'last' that's left is your last last day of school. You are so excited.

You got accepted into college, and you're so ready for bigger and better things. You think that the next four years are going to drag, and honestly, the thought of sitting in a classroom for the next four (or more) years scares you a little bit. But it's college and it's freedom and you're ready to go. You are planning on making the most of the last summer at home with your high school friends and then you're gone to bigger and better things.

I know you're so ready to go, but take a moment and enjoy every single second.

Enjoy all of the scary 'firsts' that you are dreading. The first actual time you have to say goodbye to your family after an entire day of moving you in. The first class you have. The first time you have to sit in a room of strangers and try to desperately make a friend. Your first college exam. Everything that you're scared of for freshman year, try to enjoy it because it'll happen so fast and you'll look back and laugh.

Enjoy all of the memories you make. All of the football games and the late nights. The lazy days spent with your new best friends that you literally cannot comprehend how you spent the last 18 years without. The concerts and the shopping trips. Make all of the memories, go on all of the trips, and enjoy every second.

Enjoy all of the bad days, too. Freshman year is a whirlwind, and more than half of college students struggle with mental illness as a result of all of the changes of college. The bad days will come. You will fail tests. You will miss your family. You will struggle to adjust. You will want to quit. But you won't. Enjoy the journey of working through these. You learn so much about yourself and your personal strength during the hard times of college. Enjoy the hard times because they make the good so much better.

Enjoy everything and every moment of your college career. It might seem like the four years will drag, but I promise you that you will look back as you're entering your last year of college and miss all of those moments. If you're lucky, you're going to make some of the best friends and meet the most inspirational people these next four years, appreciate them because they won't be in the same town as you forever.

Enjoy every second because I promise you it goes by in the blink of an eye.

Sincerely,

A college senior

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5 Struggles That Coming Home For The Summer Pose

Summer isn't always what you think it's going to be, especially when you're coming home.

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Summer break is amazing in so many ways: you're given countless hours to yourself, no daily stresses concerning school and assignments, and no overbearing pressures to go out every single night. However, coming home (usually) means you're back living with your parents and back to abiding by their rules, despite the fact that for around ten months, you were the only person making the rules in your own home. Despite the perks that come with summer, I have composited 10 reasons why summer can be hard to bear.

1. Having a set curfew.

I find it almost comical that I was able to "run free" for 10 months in Tallahassee with no regard for what time it was, but while at home I get the "it's time to come home" text from my parents as soon as 11 o'clock rolls around. For the entire school year, I was able to stay at friends' places until the sun came up, at walk out of clubs around closing time with no fear of getting punished for staying out too late, but now, I have to constantly plan around my curfew and ensure that I'm home before I get on my parents' bad side.

2. Having to get a summer job.

It was always a rule in my house that jobs were only meant for summer since my parents felt that getting good grades were our primary priority, so now that school's out, I'm working at my local Panera and dog-sitting for my neighbors, even though I absolutely hate dogs. Working isn't the worst thing I've had to do, but when I have to miss beach days and parties for a job that only pays $9 an hour, it sucks!

3. Countless days of boredom. 

College has made me accustomed to being surrounded by other people and activities 24/7. Sure, there were a couple of hours a day for alone time, but the majority of my day was spent hanging out with friends, going to my sorority, going out, and attending class. Now that I'm home and far away from my friends and the social aspect of FSU, I find myself bored and lonely.

4. Less freedom and independence. 

While away at school, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted without my parents finding out. I was able to go get fast food in the middle of the night, go out to clubs, and sleep at my friends' place whenever I wanted. Sadly, now that I'm home, I can't just leave whenever I want or do whatever I want; I have to tell my parents when I'm going to places, where I'm going, who I'm meeting, and when exactly I'll be home.

5. Having to unpack and sort through your old clothes and the ones you brought to school.

Being the youngest has gifted me with an overabundance of hand-me-downs, everything from prom dresses to shoes to jewelry. However, over the years, the amount of clothes I have accumulated is insane; coming home has forced me to sort through the piles of old clothes and things I don't want anymore in order to make room for the multiple suitcases I brought back from school. My room looks like a tornado swept through it for three weeks now, despite the countless hours I have spent organizing, donating, and folding.

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