Upperclassmen's Guide To Your Freshman Year

Upperclassmen's Guide To Your Freshman Year

Because we've been there and we care.

There's no time in your life quite like your freshman year of college. With lots of big changes, it can be scary and a lot to take in. Lucky for you though, upperclassmen like me love to help out. Here's a guide to your freshman year of college, as told by an upperclassmen.

1. Wear your welcome day T-shirt everywhere -- it let's people know you're excited to be here.

2. Your roommate won't care if you take their clothes without asking -- just grab whatever you'd like!

It's what roommates are for.

3. If you leave your wet clothes in the washers for an long enough someone is bound to throw them in the dryer for you.

4. Game days are overrated, anyway -- all of the cool kids don't go.

5. Thursdays are campus-wide quiet time and study nights -- just go ahead and stay in.

6. Barnes & Noble or the school book store is always the cheapest place to buy your books.

7. The buses are never on time anyway, you're safe to show up late.

8. Oh, and professors totally don't mind if you're late.

None of them lock their doors, that's just crazy.

9. Lectures are the best place to catch up on sleep, besides they're not that important anyway.

10. Homework is just a suggestion and no one really studies, college is easy.

11. Frat and sorority parties are the best place to meet someone to take home to mom.

12. Upperclassmen totally think it's super cute when you get as drunk as possible, we love watching you have fun!

13. Call your teachers by their first names and use emojis when you're emailing them -- they really just want to be your friend.

14. Your school ID isn't really that important; besides, they replace them for free.

15. And always listen to older students -- we really have your best interest at heart.

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A Open Letter To The Best Friend I Miss

I miss you, in case you forgot.

Dear best friend,

I miss getting in trouble with you.

I miss getting into something crazy with you. I miss our crazy plans and things we say to each other. It is genuinely true that we would be put in a mental hospital if other people heard what we said to each other. I miss writing to each other in class instead of writing notes. I miss our fast food runs after school instead of studying together. I miss falling asleep on your couch and you in the chair instead of hanging out with other friends we had plans with. I miss going past a cop and turning your bass and volume up all the way.

I miss irritating you.

I miss running wild and embarrassing you in Walmart. I miss opening up the car door as we go down the street to freak you out. I miss stealing your phone and wreaking havoc on your Snapchat and texts. I miss taking pictures to hold over you. I miss that "I'm going to kill you" look in your eyes.

I miss your family.

I miss seeing your sisters grow up in front of both of us. I miss your dog even though she tries to eat me alive. I miss hearing your parents talk about work when they get home. I miss helping you babysit after work when it has been a long day.

I miss your boyfriend.

I miss hearing you talk about him. I miss seeing you happy around him. I miss him and I don't even like him half the time.

I miss you complaining.

I miss our rants. I miss your rage about being grounded. I miss you complaining about work. I miss you complaining about biology. I miss you complaining about how incredibly impossible math is. I miss you complaining about anything and everything.

I miss you.

I miss your presence. I miss not having you by my side everyday. I miss hearing you laugh uncontrollably. I miss our beach dates. I miss your messy car. I miss your notes every day after study hall. I miss you with all of my being.

I miss my person.

I miss my almost sister.

I miss my best friend.

I miss you.

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14 Signs You Go To A Small School No One Has Ever Heard Of

"Your class size is what?!?"


When most people are in high school, they look at all of the big schools that are known around the country. Schools like Rutgers, Ohio State, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are often at the top of peoples' lists. Believe it or not, some people don't want to attend a huge college. If you're like me, you like having small class sizes where your professors get to know you and you always see someone you know when you're walking on campus.

Once you decide where you're going and become a student there, you constantly hear the same comments from people, whether they be good or bad- but you wouldn't want it any other way. Here are signs that you go to a small school that no one has ever heard of:

1. People always mess up your mascot

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"Broncs? Like the Denver Broncos?"

"No. Just the Broncs."

2. "Oh I've never heard of that. Where is it?"

3. "Wouldn't you rather go to *insert huge state school here*?"

The answer is always the same — nope.

4. You find people all the time who know or is related to someone who went to your school

"Oh, my cousin's friend went there!"

5. "Your class size is what?!?"

6. You've never had class in a lecture hall

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Or class with more than 50 students.

7. When people come to visit, they can't believe how small your campus is compared to theirs

Well, at least we can get up 10 minutes before class starts instead of an hour to catch a bus.

8. Dining options are limited

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But you joke around and make the most of it, secretly hoping your campus will open a Panera or Chipotle like every other school.

9. People are amazed that you actually get to know your professors and the people in your classes, and that they get to know you

Not to mention that professors are a great reference for getting a job after graduation.

10. If you went to a big high school, your college isn't much bigger

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There are about 1,000 students per class, so only around 300-400 more students than you graduated high school with.

11. Your school doesn't have all of the big sports, like football

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But hey, at least we're still undefeated!

12. When you get into your major classes, you always have the same people in them

13. You can't find anything with your school's logo on it, so constantly buy more apparel from the bookstore

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You walk out of there $100 poorer with a new sweatshirt, mug, and sweatpants that you didn't need.

14. You get really excited when someone has actually heard of your school


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