What I Learned In My First Week At College

What I Learned In My First Week At College

A few things to keep in mind when going into the first week.

College is a scary place and going to the biggest College Football university in the country is especially stressful. I piled everything I wanted into my Toyota Tacoma and drove from California to Alabama and left everything I ever knew behind me. The first week of classes is a whole new experience in its own and it is important to keep that in mind, but having a good attitude can go a long way in the process. There are a lot of things to keep in mind during that first week that will go a long way.

1. The Weather Will Be Different

Unless you are going to college in your hometown, the weather will likely be different and you will have to adapt to it. Living in Tuscaloosa now, I have already learned the random sideways rain can happen at any time

2. You Won't Have A Core Group Of Friends (Yet)

You can't go into the first week expecting to find your core group of friends immediately, it's gonna take some time to find your groove. Soon you will find a group of people you like, you just have to start over from High School.

3. You're Completely Independent

In College you have complete freedom to do whatever you want, which is not always a good thing. You are also completely on your own for anything you may want or need. Think about all the things you have done for you and just know you will have to those things yourself. It's strange at first but it is a valuable experience.

4. You Need To Have Good Time Management

Even though you may have been busy in High School, time management is a skill you will need to have in College as well. Even if you are less busy, you have the freedom to do whatever you want, therefore you will need to learn good time management so you can get your work done.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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The 5 Kinds Of People You'll Meet During Your First Week Of College

Trust me, we've all been there.


Starting your freshman year of college is a very exciting time. If you're like me, an out of state student, the anticipation you'll feel on your upcoming flight is like no other. I was lucky enough to have gotten close with a group of girls prior to moving in.

However, if you are going into college not knowing what to expect out of your roommates/ classmates here is a brief introduction to the five people you will meet during your first week of school.

1. The Overachiever

There is nothing wrong with knowing what you want out of your life. However, there is a difference between studying hard and achieving your goals and showing your opinion regarding academics down someone else's throat. There will always be that one student in your lecture hall that will have an opinion on everything everyone will say.

They will spend any chance they get talking about the internships they want to apply for, comparing GPA's and viciously flipping through their goal grad-school books. Relax, you're just a freshman. You have some time to figure it all out.

2. The Party Animal

You'll know one when you'll see one. It's that one girl that never shows up to class before 11 a.m. It's the guy on your floor that will accidentally set off the fire alarm in the middle of the night, or tumble down the stairs as you're walking up behind him. They know all the bouncers at all the local bars.

They have a way into every party. They drink through the weekend and take Mondays off to recover. Sometimes you'll want to be one of them, but then you'll see them throwing up before their 11 am lecture and you'll think hm maybe not.

3. The Athlete

The athletes are very easy to spot on campus. They will typically be walking around with their backpacks across their shoulders specifying what sports team they play for at your university. Usually, most of the athletes will have their personalized schedules, wardrobes, houses, and parties.

Sure there is afters at Sig Nu every Friday night, but have you heard of the party at the hockey house? They are the headliners of all your campus newspapers and the celebrities of all the local gyms.

4. Greek Life Members

You will spot them walking across campus by their lettered totes; wear it Wednesdays mean that once a week everyone who is a part of Greek life will be decked out in their sorority/ fraternity gear. Now, Greek life isn't always what they show you in the movies. Not all sorority members are blonde and have nothing to talk about other than last weekend's gossip.

You will see that one girl staying up late studying for her exam in the library with her house letters splattered all over the back of her laptop. You will run into the guy on your floor rushing out of his room early Sunday morning on his way to a to a volunteering event sponsored by his fraternity.

You will come to realize that most Greek organizations have a GPA requirement that every member must fulfill before going through recruitment. You'll give them a chance, and maybe you will end up joining a chapter yourself.

5. The International Student

There will always be one or two international students on your floor. They tend to socialize with the other international students, making you wonder what it is that they do in their free time. They will occasionally cook on your floor lounge and walk across campus in the hottest designer brands. There is a certain mystery around them that you will spend the rest of your freshman year trying to unmask.

However, at the end of it all, you will find your own people without a doubt.

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