Things I've Learned During My First Week at College

Things I've Learned During My First Week at College

In order to get the most out of your freshman year experience, it's helpful to get advice from students in your exact shoes.

Although classes have yet to start, I am already learning how to survive as a freshman at school. I've compiled a small list of the things I have learned while being on campus for a week.

1. College closets are small

While I knew that moving into a room with two other people would be a tight squeeze, I was very unprepared for the harsh reality that was my closet. If you are like me and there is no way you can condense the amount of clothing you are bringing, just be smart and bring storage bins and try to store clothing in unconventional ways.

2. Loft beds aren't as awesome as everyone makes them seem

The first night in my brand new room, and my blankets fell onto the floor in the middle of the night. Needless to say, I was just cold the rest of the night, instead of climbing down to get them. Loft beds are NOT friends of the lazy. Have to get to the bathroom late at night? Too bad, it's too hard to see how to get down without having to wake up your roommates. Bedside caddies and clip on lamps will be lifesavers if you have a lofted bed. Having a lofted bed does have its perks though, like having room underneath for your desk or storage (refer to tip #1.)


I have only been on campus for a week and I have already received enough shirts to make a t-shirt quilt. Never say "no" to free stuff because when you are attending sporting events or just want to wait to do laundry, you will at least have something to wear. Trust me, free stuff is like Christmas for college students.

4. Cliches are everywhere

The main cliche I have noticed while here: Everyone is in the same boat as you, and everyone is looking for friends. No one wants to sit alone or be left out, and at school you will quickly learn that everyone will talk to you if it means they don't have to be alone either. Another cliche would be that as ready as you thought you were to leave your family and friends, you will always miss them. Whether it is just telling them about what happened that day or sharing your favorite part of going to college. You will actually miss them, even if you thought you weren't going to.

5. Appreciate the food while it lasts

Honestly, the food they serve the first week will be considered gourmet by the end of first semester. Enjoy the varying options while you can because pretty soon, you will find yourself dreading heading to the dining hall. Also, during your school's welcome week, there will be PLENTY of free food, so eat up. It's okay to just show up to an event just for the food!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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