Thoughts of a Rising Freshman
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20 Thoughts i had before starting college

Thoughts from a paranoid, slightly nervous, but mostly excited rising freshman at Villanova University.

20 Thoughts i had before starting college
Katie Coviello

The transition from high school to college can be excruciatingly hard for some, and painstakingly easy for others. Every rising freshman, no matter how much they think they have under control, has those thoughts of insecurity and a bit of anxiety about what college is going to be like. As the days wind down to my final few at home, more and more questions of how I will survive as an actual college student pop into my mind. Here are the first 20 (of many) that are the most pressing against my conscience.

1. What if my roommates are weird?

No one wants to live with people who collect cat teeth or floss their toes before bed. What if my roommates are like that?

2. What if I have no money?

Being a broke college student is possibly one of my biggest fears. I've learned not to touch my savings account but I'm scared that by the end of the first semester, I'll have zero dollars to my name.

3. How much does a trip back home cost?

Thank God for Amtrak Student Discounts.

4. Will my dog miss me as much as I'm going to miss her?

I miss her just five minutes after leaving the house.

5. Do I have to watch a lot of basketball now?

Villanova Men's Basketball has won the NCAA National Championships in both 2016 and 2018...I have to brush up on my basketball knowledge.

6. What kind of food am I going to fit in my mini fridge?

As long as we can fit a lot of fruit and water, I think we'll be good.

7. I'm definitely going to get lost on campus.

They need to make a GPS for campus because I don't want to look like an idiot trying to get back to my dorm after pulling all nighters.

8. I hope I don't look like a freshman.

Reminder not to put so many Villanova stickers on my laptop and water bottle.

9. Are those stickers I ordered on Redbubble really necessary?

Redbubble has the best stickers, but where am I even gonna stick all of them?

10. Everyone has duck boots...Should I buy duck boots?

I feel like it's necessary, but I don't want to match anyone.

11. Unlimited, or 19 Meal Plan? What's the difference?

Can someone actually explain this to me please?

12. I hope I don't have any 8 am classes.

Does anyone actually wake up in the morning and say "Oh! I'm so excited to go to my 8 am!"

13. How packed is the gym in the morning?

Maybe I'm going to want to get a nice morning workout in before I start my day.

14. I'm never going to use the gym in the morning.

Let the Freshman Fifteen hit me baby. I'm ready for it.

15. How do I get money without having a job?

There are a lot of ways, but I'm not sure all of them are illegal.

16. I should probably learn to type faster.

For when it's 11:47pm and I start an essay due at midnight.

17. What excuses will my professors take for late assignments?

"My grandma's niece's boyfriend's uncle died and I had to sing at the funeral."

18. Am I able to apply for food stamps?

That is a genuine question that I have been doing research on.

19. Will I actually wear all the clothes that I pack?

I have a lot of clothes, but I also wear the same outfit in different colors everyday.

20. Is college really as bad as everyone says?

I hear it's the best and worst time of your life.

While I don't know the answers to any of these questions, or have any reassurance for any of my qualms, all I know right now is that college is a time to experiment and figure some parts of yourself out, even if it means going in blind and hoping for the best. I hope that this first semester, I'll learn my way through the system, and be able to answer my own questions with solutions that will carry me through the spring.

As for now, I'll just keep mentally adding thoughts to my list.

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