10 Thoughts All Freshmen Have During Their First Semester

10 Thoughts All Freshmen Have During Their First Semester

It’s only been one semester... why does it feel like its been four years already?
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So far, college has been great. I've experienced a ton of new things, good and bad, and here are the thoughts that have run through my mind since the start of it all:

1. Where am I going?

I know I'm not the only one who walked around aimlessly trying to find my classes and to be honest, I still don't know which buildings are where.

2. Why did I schedule an 8 AM?

I feel like this is way too many of us, even if we were told not to do it, we did it anyway.

3. I'm not going to class today.

Yeah, me either.

4. Should I drink or study the night away?

Let's be honest, priorities are fuzzy at this point. We're freshmen, what do we know?

5. I should have studied instead of going out.

It catches the best of us, even if you think you're fine, you're really not.

6. Why do I have to buy my own Scantrons?

Okay, this is super annoying and I always forget to buy them, and once test day arrives everyone in my contacts list gets a text. Shoutout to the real ones with extras.

7. When is Christmas break?

This one goes out to all classes, freshmen especially.

8. Can you swipe me in?

I can't count the number of people I've had to swipe into the dining hall, but I'm not complaining because I paid for these swipes, so someone needs to use them.

9. Which one of you is sober?

Drinking and driving is a large issue, but making sure someone you know is sober at the party is something I preach, so if you don't know about this, start now.

10. Sh*t, I forgot to write the essay.

Actually shows up to 8 AM... forgets to write an essay. Oh, and don't forget the embarrassment of not turning one in and the professor noticing - they will call you out on it.


All in all, it's been a rollercoaster of trials and tribulations. With that being said, remember next semester to not schedule a class before 10 AM, actually go to class, and be mindful of which nights are OK to go out. Now, let's get that degree.

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11 Thoughts Every UConn Husky Has When It Rains On Tuesdays

It's really quite odd how it happens honestly.

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There's a running theory around the University of Connecticut that it always rains on Tuesdays.

I didn't believe it either until I got here and it in fact, always rains on Tuesdays. Maybe not full blown like recently (thanks mother nature), but it does. And when it does... we all suffer. We're all on the same page with how miserable it is so let me just share with you what goes on in the head of a waterlogged husky.

1. I should use my umbrella

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It'll keep be nice and dry.

2. Nope. Forget the umbrella. 

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I didn't want to use it anyway...

3. I should have taken the bus. 

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At least that would mean I wouldn't have to walk.

4. Wait. Where is the bus? 

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Never where it's supposed to be. Thanks UConn transit services. Did you know we all hate the new bus routes? Well now you do.

5. Is my laptop getting wet?

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My backpack isn't waterproof... what's happening in there??? Should I run???

6. Should I sue the school if my laptop gets water damage? 

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Surely it's their fault right?

7. This rain jacket is doing nothing. 

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I guess it's still good I have one though.

8. Do I bother wearing my hood? 

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Doesn't matter. Your hair is already wet.

9. Do I bother showering later? 

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Might as well have brought my body wash and shampoo with me.

10. WHY ARE YOU WEARING MOCCASINS?????

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Good because it's R A I N I N G.

11. Rain boots are a gift from god. 

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Splash in those puddles like Peppa Pig. It's the only joy you'll get that day.

The only thing that benefits from the rain is the grass. Good for you grass because the rest of us HATE it.

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How I Escaped My Hoarding Tendencies

I was once a hoarder.

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Up until my third year of college, I kept everything. I had notes, homework, and tests from all of my classes starting in kindergarten, all the way until my college years. My walls were filled with photos, art, birthday and thank-you cards, plane and movie tickets, receipts, and even interesting shopping bags I'd collected over the years. Drawers were stuffed with random pieces of toys with which I felt strong emotional connections. I still kept clothes from elementary school that I certainly could not wear anymore, but for some reason felt that I needed to keep.

Despite being a hoarder, I was still quite organized. My room, usually messy, was relatively well-organized. However, during college, something for me changed. I was suddenly annoyed with all of the things I had kept over the years, and wanted a clean slate. I tore everything down from my walls, pulled out all the clothes in my closet, and decided to start over.

This whole adventure of me decluttering my room took three full days, dozens of trash bags full of items to donate, and so much excess emotional garbage. When I was finally finished, I felt so much emotional relief. While I really enjoyed sifting through every piece of paper that I had written, every exam I had taken, every toy and card that had been gifted to me, and all the clothes that no longer fit me, I was happy to finally be finished. My head hurt from the nostalgia, but I slept incredibly well that night.

Since then, I've learned how to live on a minimal amount of stuff. My room is usually tidy and I've found cleaning and organizing to be addicting and cathartic. I now keep only things with which I have strong emotional connections, like the bracelet my now-deceased grandmother gave me and the farewell letters written by my friends before I moved away for graduate school.

With fewer concrete memorabilia stowed away, I can cherish the memories that mean the most to me and focus on identifying the memories happening in the present that I want to remember forever.

Tidying up also helped me achieve a lot of my career goals in life. I don't think this success would have been possible if I had been disorganized and distracted by the past that cluttered my room.

With all of that said, I still have a long ways to go in terms of tidying my life. My work life is definitely not as organized as my home life. My desk and computer files are not organized in the best way, but I hope to implement my personal life philosophy into my work life in the future. My social and familial life are also quite disorganized. After moving to a new city, I found the initial socializing to be overwhelming and struggled to prioritize the people I wanted to spend time with. However, I am slowly working to improve this balance of my social and familial life.

While I am still on this journey, I wanted to share the impact that decluttering has had on my so far and hope that this would inspire you to identify things you can declutter in your own life.

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