Things I Would Have Done Differently My Freshman Year

Things I Would Have Done Differently My Freshman Year

"If I could do it again..."

As my first summer in college is coming to an end, it's finally hitting me that I've been in college for a year. It's almost that time to stock up on pencils, binders, countless note cards, Red Bull and more coffee than usual. Looking back, there's not much that I necessarily regret, but I would do a few things differently.

1. Go to class.

Trust me on this. You've heard teachers say, "80 percent of the class is just being there." They're right. my grades dropped significantly my second semester because of this. I went to class every day unless I absolutely could not get out of bed first semester and had straight As and one B that still haunts me to this day. Second semester rolled around, and I thought I had everything figured out. I could just get on canvas, copy the PowerPoints and make it. Wrong. I ended up with Cs across the board. And sure, Cs get degrees, but it hurts going from As to Cs.

2. Go to the library more.

More than just for finals week. Take advantage of the study rooms. Take advantage of the quiet. Just take advantage of the library.

3. Be more organized.

Pictures of other people being organized makes me want to get my shit together. Use a planner. Color code notes. Write down everything. Make sure your desk is neat and you have a spot for everything, because there is nothing worse than hitting snooze until 10 minutes before your class starts and then not being able to find that research paper you printed off the night before just so you could sleep in.

4. Don't procrastinate.

I'm so guilty of this. I'm the person who will wait until the very last minute to get an assignment turned in because I was on Pinterest looking up studying hacks. Ironic, I know. But seriously. Start an assignment the day it gets assigned. Makes notes in your planner, calendar or reminders on your phone a week in advance so the due date doesn't sneak up on you.

5. Get a random roommate.

I loved having someone I grew up with as a roommate because it made the transition a bit easier, but having a random roommate assigned to you is the easiest way to make your first friend in college. And if you and your roommate just do not get along whatsoever, you can always request a room change.

6. Actually stay in your dorm.

I was constantly in my boyfriend's dorm freshman year. It's OK to go visit every now and then, but once you've got your own drawer in his room, it's gone too far. Stay in your dorm. Decorate it the way you want to. Leave your door open for people to come in and say hello. Make your dorm a home away from home.

7. Go out more.

Not necessarily just to parties, but go out and explore your town. Meet new people. Try new foods. Take pictures. Just have fun.

8. Talk to people.

All of the friends I have in college are people I met through my boyfriend — which is totally OK, I love the guys. But I don't care how many times you say "I'm one of the guys," you're going to need your girls. People are typically genuinely nice people. Start up a conversation. Chances are they were too shy to say anything first.

9. Go to sporting events.

I went to every home football game that I could go to if I wasn't at work, and they are amazing. However, I didn't go to any basketball, volleyball, baseball or even softball games — and softball is my favorite sport. (Not to mention UNA won the national championship!) Students get into all of the home games for free. Why would you not take advantage of that?

10. Have more school spirit.

I don't care what you read on Pinterest. Have. School. Spirit. Wear your school colors, paint your face on game day, show off those letters, buy anything with your school logo on it, be proud of your school. Roar Lions.

11. Take advantage of free stuff.

There will be a lot going on throughout the semester, especially if you go to UNA. Lots of activities means lots of free T-shirts, free food, free blankets, free cars (seriously, we give away a free car), free everything. Go to everything.

12. Watch out for the freshman 15.

It's real, and it will hit you like a truck. So, stay away from fast food as much as possible. Yes, even Taco Bell — even though it's the best thing ever. Go to the gym on campus which again, is free. Walk to class. Go hiking. Do whatever you like to do to stay active becuase your metabolism drops. Fast.

13. Take it all in.

I didn't believe people when they said time would fly by, but here I am writing this, telling you the same thing. I swear, I just moved to Florence yesterday, and now the new freshmen are piling in. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

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"What would I do without you guys???"

1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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