Wait, What Do You Mean Freshman Year Is Almost Over?

Wait, What Do You Mean Freshman Year Is Almost Over?

Eight months ago I was moving in on my first day, and now it’s almost May.
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When I moved into college, I had no idea what was going to happen. Being an only child and never having gone to a summer camp that lasted more than a week, I really was unsure of how I would feel being away from home. Luckily, college turned out to be something you just have to get used to and it happens rather quickly.

It took a little bit to get used to the fact that there aren’t any parents here or any responsible adults other than professors and advisors, but knowing that my parents or my Nana are just one phone call away has become extremely comforting.

College is a lot of feeling unsure about things, but the key is to just go for it and know that everything will work itself out just fine. Find something that you’re passionate about, like UDance for example, and do everything that you can with that. When I got to school in the fall, I wanted to do everything, which is of course impossible. So you have to narrow things down and figure out what’s the best fit for you, which is essentially what I ended up doing.

First semester for me was all about figuring out how to handle college. It isn’t the easiest thing to just pack up and leave your hometown to start somewhere new at a huge school where you don’t know anyone at all. You’ll meet people who are nice and people who aren’t so nice and people who are just okay. All of that is just fine because you will find your people some way some how.

Sure, living in a dorm isn’t exactly the most ideal situation, but you can decorate it to become your own. Maybe you won’t get along with your roommate, it’s not the end of the world. The year will fly by and you can get a better roommate who you like next year. First semester is the hardest step in the entire college process, but once you hit winter break you know that you will be golden.

After our super long winter break, we came back for second semester which is when I made one of the best decisions of my life. I decided to rush, which is something that I had no idea that I wanted to do until I got to school. Finding my home in Alpha Epsilon Phi has truly made my campus feel smaller and like I truly belong. With Alpha Epsilon Phi has come a ‘pham’ who I truly love and adore with my entire heart and I cannot imagine Delaware without the sorority or them.

Once second semester hit, it was like every day turned an entire month on the calendar. Here it is, already April of my freshman year, and it feels like I just moved in a few months ago. I don’t really know how it happened, but I think I grew up in the 8 months that I’ve been here. For some reason, I learned how to adapt and figure things out for myself which is something that I’m really proud of myself for. I didn’t know what to expect out of my first year, but I’m so happy with how far I’ve come since move-in day. I’ve found my people and I hope that everyone finds theirs too.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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5 Things I Don't Know How To Do But Should've Learned Years Ago, As Told By The Kardashians

In my opinion, there should be college classes completely based on mastering these topics.

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There are many things that I don't know how to do yet. These, however, are things that I am now realizing are things I maybe should have learned a long time ago. Things that if I knew anything about them, it would improve my life exponentially. Hopefully some of you feel the same and we can learn together.

1. How to cook chicken

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Seems easy, but this is deceivingly difficult. No one tells you what type of chicken to get, and there are so many options. Like, do you get chicken breast or chicken cutlet or chicken tenders? Which way is the best way to cook it? Pan fry, bake, deep fry, poach, steam, etc! And how do you make it not taste like paper? What, like, spices do you put on it? In my last year of college I have made it my duty to learn how to make every type of chicken.

2. How to work a dishwasher

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So, I know how to put the plates and silverware in, obviously. And I always clean them off before because I never trust the dishwasher soap to get everything off. How would it? And where exactly does the little dishwasher soap go? No one tells you where the leetle hole is that the soap bar goes. There's like three different holes in the door thing, and how are you supposed to know which one the soap goes in? Just guess and hope for the best? That's what I do.

3. How to pay your taxes??? Literally how

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No matter who I ask, young or old, no one understands anything about taxes. I have been working since I was 17 and year after year when I ask my parents for help filing my taxes, they agree begrudgingly while squinting at the paper pointing at the little boxes with a "I think it's that one." I have never and will never understand anything to do with taxes, period. I will leave this to the professionals.

4. How to do anything with insurance, ever

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Once again, wtf? Do the companies make these things impossible to understand on purpose? Like, all I want is to get my birth control from CVS and be done. Is that so hard? Why do I have to switch it to Walgreens (to whom I am NOT brand loyal, to, by the way) and then check if they cover my insurance? And WTF is a copay? And there's something that you pay before you get a copay? All I'm gonna say is that my mom tried to explain it to me once and it went in one ear and out the other.

5. How to arrange a cheese board

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This is something that I feel shows you have truly made it at an adult. You have people over to your house and just throw together a lovely charcuterie board for your guests like its nothing. But what do you buy for it? Cheese, obviously. Meats? What types of cheese and meat? Grapes? Nuts? And how do you arrange it to look all pretty? Mark my words: when I can make a yummy and visually appealing cheese board, I've made it.

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