Why Not To Hate On The Freshmen
Start writing a post
Student Life

Why Not To Hate On The Freshmen

It's more than just because you were one before, too.

Why Not To Hate On The Freshmen
FreeImages.com/Ann- Kathrin Rehse

As the year settles in for even the latest of us, we come face to face with some of the most revolting, but equally adorable people to ever walk foot on the campus. They come in swarms, feasting on all of the free food and with the energy of ten seniors (or more!!) in one body.

I speak of...the first years.

Yes, the little ones are the students we hate to love, but occasionally also love to love. They remind us of our youthful selves from years past, when we still did readings and before the idea of "Cs get degrees" ever entered our naive little heads. They also remind us of the people we used to be before even a few months of college changed us - our beings and aspirations. And sometimes, they just remind us of how stupid we were starting out as people who just left four years of school where our moves were always regulated; gone are they days where we had to raise our hands to go to the bathroom or even had dress codes. My favorite first-year pet peeve was always that one student that said we could legally leave class if the professor or TA didn't show up within the first 15 minutes. (In my head I was always like, "Girl, we pay to be here; you can leave whenever you want.")

By observing them, a common response is to bag on them for their naievity. It can cause inefficiency, be downright wrong, or just plain get on our nerves. We've all been there, don't worry about it. But you have to think about it and remember: you or even a friend of yours was probably like that before too, before anyone ever showed you the ropes, or even before you ever had to figure things out for yourself. What they need the most right now are sources of help. Chances are they're all shaking in their knees as they enter new styles of classrooms, far from home and with tons of random people handing them flyers like nobody's business.

Instead of hating this year, from one former freshman to another, please go and help them. Whether it's a shortcut to classes or a way to get cheap food, be the first person to show them the ropes. Not only will it feel nice to help someone (if you're that kind of person), but they'll probably feel better too, and eventually they'll feel more open to ask for help instead of just stand there awkwardly the next time they're stuck in whatever situations they might be in again. Who knows - you might even make a new friend.

So go out today and help a freshman!! Save at least one of them the embarrassment of raising a hand to go to the bathroom and I assure you that you will have made the world a better place.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments