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Tips For Freshman Year In Cat Gifs

Get prepared, kiddos.
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As the semester is winding down and the miserable heat of summer is showing its head, some celebrate the end of an educational era, whether that be high school or college. However, others are commemorating the end of the beginning, as they draw a close to their freshman year of undergrad. So here are some notes from the class of 2019 to the class of 2020. You’ll thank us later.

1. You’re gonna get lost a lot.

Unless your college campus is a square mile, you’re gonna find yourself wandering around, map covering your face. Don’t freak out, all your classmates are just as confused. There are a thousand buildings, and your geology class won’t always be in the geology building. Just make sure to give yourself ample time to get to class. You’ll figure it out eventually.

2. You have to do the reading.

For 98 percent of classes in high school, “required reading” was a joke. Not anymore. Chances are the reading won’t be discussed in class, but it’s certain to be on the test. You’re responsible for knowing what’s in that $200 hunk of junk, and considering you only have three tests, I’d get going on those chapters. You’ll thank me later.

3. It’s OK to party. Just be safe.

Going out on a Friday night (or maybe even Thirsty Thursday) is totally fine. Just be careful. Stick with a group of people you trust, don’t go off with anyone you don’t know, and remember: you can legally take pepper spray to school now. Have a good time, but make sure you get home safe. And another thing: just because there’s no parents doesn’t mean there’s no authority. While you can’t get grounded at home anymore, the cops will have no problem grounding you in a cell. Don’t be that freshman.

4. Join organizations and clubs!!!

I can’t stress this enough. Not only does it look really good on a scholarship application, it’s guaranteed to be the most effective way to make friends! In a school of over 20,000 people, it’s unlikely you’ll meet your best friend in geometry. So find a few clubs that interest you and try them out! It’ll give you something fun to do outside of class and introduce you to tons of cool people. There’s something out there for everyone, so whether you like hiking, video games, or volunteering, you’re gonna find something you love. So get out there and get involved!

5. Don’t go home every weekend.

I get it. You’re gonna miss your family like crazy. You’re gonna miss your friends. But by going home every weekend, you miss out on a lot of cool activities going on in your community, as well as a decent opportunity to just chill for a day. Weekends are also some of the best times to study, but that’s hard to do when you’re wrapped up on your couch at home watching TLC. Give yourself a good month when the school year begins before you go home. It’s time to start being a little independent. You can do this.

6. Your professor isn’t going to update your grades like your teachers in high school did.

“What do you mean I have a 76?” This isn’t an uncommon phrase among students in college, especially as midterms and finals approach. You’re unlikely to ever have an assignment returned to you. You may not even get your grade on it, so averages are sort of a toss-up and hope for the best. Just do your best and try not to sweat it too much. Worst comes to worst, email your professor. They should be willing to help.

7. Do all the extra credit, dear God

I promise you’re almost guaranteed to need it. Don’t brush it off as busywork, even if it is busywork. Trust me, for some professors, the difference in an 88.5 percent and an 88.9 percent is an entire letter grade. Every decimal point towards that A you need counts. Take every opportunity to boost it, as many professors won’t offer it at all.

8. Even if you hate sports, collegiate games are fun.

There’s nothing like the feeling of cheering for your home team along with 10,000 of your fellow students. Don’t automatically shun the idea of going to a football or baseball game, you could have a lot more fun than you’d think. Grab some friends, grab a Coke, and prepare to scream your lungs out. Go team!

9. Buy some sweatpants. Enjoy your decision.

Number one priority in college is comfort. It’s not a fashion show, and no one could care less what you look like. Be comfy, invest in some sweatpants, and focus on your academics. When you walk at least a mile every day, those high heels or spandex tops aren’t going to be your friend. Stay baggy, stay beautiful.

10. Take advantage of your time.

You only get to be a freshman once. So experience a little bit of everything, and find your place before your major courses set in and you’re knee-deep in internships and real adulthood. This is the time to explore and have fun! (Reasonably, of course.) So study hard, but don’t forget to play hard, too! College is the time of your life, so make the most of it.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.

They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.

They say that you will meet your future people in college.

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Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.

Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.

Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.

Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.

They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.

They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.

The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.

Complete strangers will move in and never speak.

You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".

Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.

If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.

College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.

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You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.

It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.

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Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.

Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.

Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.

Find someone!

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