20 Times 'The Office' Perfectly Summed Up Freshman Year

20 Times 'The Office' Perfectly Summed Up Freshman Year

Twenty experiences that are all too real for college students.
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Although the end of freshman year is bittersweet, it is easy to see how beneficial it has been for my friends and I. Our days have been filled with unforgettable memories, countless opportunities, and endless laughter. Reflecting back on my time spent as a freshman, I cannot think of a better way to describe my adventures than comparing them to my favorite show, The Office. College is always an amazing experience, and below are the top twenty instances where The Office perfectly describes the daily lives of freshmen.

1. Shamelessly going to your Monday morning 8 a.m. in your pajamas.

There is no shame in spending the entirety of Monday in your pajamas. Like many freshmen and all other students for that matter, Mondays are difficult. Being able to eliminate the stress of having to put on real clothes and look like a contributing member of society is a huge relief.

2. When everything your professor says is like a foreign language.

There is nothing worse than attending a lecture and leaving even more confused than when you arrived. Professors are smart people, but often times do not know how to "dumb things down" enough to make sense to the majority of the people in their lectures.

3. When packing a snack is the only way to get yourself through a long lecture.


It has been amazing to see the things a student can get away with in class. I have seen with my own eyes, students eating four-course meals in the span of one lecture. However, I won't lie, there is no other pick me up like a really amazing snack during even the toughest lectures.

4. When your parent asks if you are eating well at the Dining Hall.

Day to day dining hall food is never on a spectrum. Either it is amazingly gourmet or absolute trash, no in-between. The only true constant about college dining is when your parent asks if you are eating your fruits and vegetables, and you know you have to say yes.

5. Walking into an exam you are highly unprepared for with your study buddies.

I have learned that no matter how many hours students prepare for an exam, they never feel 100% confident that they are ready. There is no worse feeling than walking to a lecture hall like its doomsday, knowing there is nothing you can do to save your grade.

6. Actually taking the exam you are highly unprepared for.

When you open a test and can't complete the first question, that is an omen for how to rest of the test will go. My favorite thing is skipping the questions that I do not understand and then looking back to realize I've skipped basically every question on my exam.

7. Leaving the exam you were highly unprepared for.


There is no feeling quite like that of leaving an extremely difficult exam. There is a sense of overwhelming relief that it is finally over, but there is also a grave sense of dread knowing your grade is about to drop. Then comes the acceptance of your failure, and you move on!

8. Finding out you actually passed the exam you were highly unprepared for.

There is always a rare occasion where you manage to pull it all off. Nothing is better than being convinced you failed, then getting your exam back and seeing a decent grade. To college students, doing better than you expected is equivalent, if not better than Christmas.

9. When attendance isn't mandatory.

Contrary to what many high school teachers tell you, college attendance is mandatory. However, there is also a rare occurrence that your professor just doesn't care if you show up or not. While I normally try to be good and attend my classes, there is no better relief than escaping a painfully boring lecture.

10. When your professor assigns you way too much.

My favorite thing about college professors is that they have high standards for their students. And by high standards, I mean that they think their students have superpower capabilities that will allow them to complete twelve essays, four tests, seven homework assignments, and watch forty hours of videos "before the next class".

11. Trying to cram the past week of procrastinated assignments into a day.

There comes a point in everyone's college career when all ten thousand of their assignments happen to be due on the same day. It is always an adventure when you push off all of your work to the night before, and somehow manage to complete everything on time and turn it in in a fashionable manner.

12. When your class friends say they aren't coming to the lecture five minutes before it starts.

Class friends are the best kinds of friends because you are all in the long haul together. But there is no sadder feeling than sitting alone in your row because all of your class friends decided to ditch class last minute.

13. When it's finally Friday.

At the end of every week, Friday feels like an accomplishment. After going to class and working hard for a straight week, Fridays are like rewards. Fridays are like the summer break of the week, no responsibilities and no worries to be had, just relaxing.

14. When you and your friends are feeling yourselves before Friday night fun pursues.

Friday nights are for friends and fun! Nothing beats putting on makeup and cute clothes after a dreadful week and finally feeling like a real human being.

15. When it's Saturday and you have to make the most of your weekend before the Sunday Scaries commence.

Saturdays are the best day of the week because you can sleep late, have fun, and not have a care in the world. However, the Sunday Scaries are around the corner and always in the back of every student's mind.

16. When the Sunday Scaries commence.

The Sunday Scaries are real. For those of you who do not know what the term means, it is commonly used to describe the absolute anxiety, chaos, and stress that many students feel when tasked with getting ready to get back to the school week.

17. Looking at your bank account after a weekend of unnecessary spending.

I never understood the problems "broke" college students faced until I was literally pinching pennies just to do my laundry. I don't know where it all goes but there must be a leak in my bank account because money is draining out fast! I blame online shopping.

18. When you know being the teacher's pet will help you receive a better grade.

In college, you have to play your cards right, especially when it comes to flattery. Being the teacher's pet can help you in so many more ways that you could have ever imagined. While some people may look down upon it, all college students know that sucking up to the teacher makes a world of a difference when final grades come out.

19. When someone asks you what your plan after college is.

Getting into colleges and choosing what exact college you wanted to attend was agony enough, but now comes an even more daunting task. What are you planning on doing with the rest of your life? This question is the hardest to answer, and probably the most avoided question all students run from.

20. When you realize that college is only four years.

It is true, while I have spent the past 19 points stressing how crazy and hectic college can be, it is sad to think that soon it will be over. Freshman year has flown by in a heartbeat, and it will only get faster from here. I wish I could press pause and stay in this chapter of my life forever, but unfortunately, that is an unfulfillable dream. I wish it could last forever, but unfortunately, this stage in our life goes by all too quickly. We must cherish these moments before they are in fact the good old days.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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