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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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.
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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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Remember To Live In The Present, There's No Reason To Be Concerned About The Past

Constantly thinking about the future will cause you to neglect the present.

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Everyone pretty much does this. During a moment when you're bored and you suddenly start daydreaming about the glamorous life you'll have in maybe five to ten years is not a problem in my eyes. It's normal to think about the type of life you want in the future. However, if thinking about the future causes you to ignore and miss out on what is happening at the moment then that kind of is a problem. Even though I know that constantly thinking about or worrying about the future is not good, I still seem to do it. It's a habit that is hard for me to break.

I have read many blog posts and watched many videos about how living in the present will make you happier. I've always been the type of person to constantly think about the future; whether it's about something as important as my career or something not as important like which set of pajamas I'm going to wear to bed. I've caught myself multiple times missing out on something due to zoning out and most of the time thinking about something that doesn't matter until later to come. I'll never forget the time I went to see pop and r&b; singer, Yuna, perform during my sophomore year of college. I remember I couldn't wait for her to perform my favorite song of hers. When she finally did I unintentionally started thinking about which classes I was going to take in the spring semester! As if that even mattered at the moment! I realized that I was missing the song and brought myself back to earth before it was over.

There have also been many times where I would lose some sleep because I would think about the future, and at times the past as well.

It has never been to the point of me not being able to sleep for so many nights in a row, but I know constantly thinking about the future or past, especially if there is stress added to it, could cause sleepless nights to occur. To me living in the moment is the way to live. Thinking about the future and preparing for it is not at all a bad thing. Even bringing up the past, as long as it is positive or it will be used for teaching is okay too! I believe that it's bad when thinking about the future and past stops you from enjoying what is happening at the moment. I am definitely going to try harder to be more in the present and to enjoy the moment myself.

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