Two weeks into college, some things I can confirm and debunk thus far for future students:
(Because I was freaking terrified and no matter how much advice I got, just kind of felt like I was drowning. It is normal. Truth is, you’re experience will be unique in most ways, but some stuff applies to most people/places).
- Figure out your credit hours/service hours before you start school if you’re on a scholarship. Check your school email. Do it.
- I didn’t.
- Now I’m being shaded to death by the woman in the art office where I do my service hours (ACTUAL QUOTE FROM HER TO THE SECRETARY WHEN I DIDN’T HEAR SOMETHING HE’D SAID: “She probably wasn’t paying attention. Can you imagine that?”)
- Shade is real and alive in this world.
- Yes yes college is a lot of walking of course it is calm down
- The first week will feel like a tiny month. At my school, they held little events each night. Free t-shirts! New friends! It’s almost entirely aimed at freshmen. Take advantage of it!
- Dorm life can be stupid and annoying sometimes but also really fun. I happen to be on the nerd floor. Like an actual Nerd Herd is almost always in the common area. Nerdy ass weird guys. But y’all I have laughed so hard these past couple weeks you don’t even know
- It’s also a really good way to be able to be involved on campus, because you’re already there.
SIGN UP FOR SHIT THE FIRST WEEK. GET OUT OF YOUR ROOM.
- JUST DO IT.
- If you are worried about being unable to practice your faith/religion effectively in college, know that I’ve not only been able to practice through school organizations/local places of worship, but have grown stronger in my beliefs since arriving.
- Don’t feel the need to get a ton of binders and stuff, unless that’s like your only way to stay organized. Honestly though? A notebook with five sections is all I need.
- Same goes for pens. Two good pens. You’re set.
- Color-coding is also actually very helpful. Always carry multicolored highlighters.
- Amazon has cheaper rental prices for textbooks, but be wary.
- In fact, if the book is surprisingly cheap to rent, bear in mind that these things called access codes exist. That’s where a lot of the money goes.
Introducing yourself to people really is key. There’s no time when it’s too late to do that, but try to do it early on; your first friends tend to remain steadfast.
- Get sleep. Eat food. Be a human.
- But don’t be an asshole. Unless you’re being yourself and happen to be a bit of an asshole
(cough me cough). Like be yourself. But try not to be an asshole. I mean like let it out in small doses.
- To my fellow straight ladies (or whatever else you are that includes liking boys): Stay the fuck away from boys the first two weeks.
- I mean like in a too physical/emotional sense. You can have some dude friends, sure. But like be careful.
- I was not careful. And I’m always careful. Nothing bad happened, but like they so ignorant okay
- Especially freshmen boys. In the words of my junior friend/actual college dad: They don’t know what they want yet.
- If you don’t drive/have a car, it’s not the end of the world. You can probably get a ride.
- Try not to walk alone. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t get your ass ran over because you have headphones on.
- If you’ve ever felt weird for looking younger than you are, you are not alone. A lot of times you find yourself talking to someone who you’d never think was a senior, but actually is. Don’t feel intimidated.
- But also, if you’re currently an upperclassmen in high school, think of the way you think of freshmen now. Yeah, gross. Fight the stereotype. Don’t be like those freshmen. Granted no matter what you do, you’ll always seem awkward looking back. That’s okay.
- Don’t discuss your financial situation. Just do not do it. Be conscious that you are on a college campus and everyone is in a different boat, but generally in terms of cash, boats are sinking.
A lot of my professors don’t like laptops out in their classes.
- Yes, even in English class.
- Handwritten notes are where it’s at. Don’t let the movies fool you. Although if for some reason you have to type them, they may be reasonable.
- DO YOUR SHIT EARLY. SERIOUSLY.
- It might even be kinda fun.
- What is fun is being up in the class the day after it’s assigned and having people be like “yo hav u started yet” and u like “i’m done” like yes Get It
- Try to stay organized. But remember that your “organized” is not always someone else’s “organized,” and that’s okay!
- Grad students are instructors sometimes, especially in the art department. It may seem odd at first, but you can relate to them more.
- A professor is not a grade school teacher. They are generally a lot cooler and open to communication.
- Sit in the front or the middle of the class (aka the “T-Zone”). Be a suck up. Answer questions. Ask questions. It gets you ahead.
- But don’t try to make smartass comments.
- Every school’s Greek life is going to be different levels of intense/chill, but where I’m at:
- Sororities aren’t that bad. Don’t let Legally Blonde be your standard for what they are. They aren’t always a bunch of Barbies, they rarely are, in fact (but some are don’t get me wrong). If you want to find good friends and really branch out, try Rushing. I’m not, but my roomie is.
- But fraternities are kind of everything they’re cut out to be. Stay back. These dudebros will clap to announce their entrances/exits okay one was disappointed because a party he went to had “like a 3:1 boy to girl ratio” listen to me just sTay baCk
Well, that’s about all I have for now. I may pop in with new posts like this as new things happen (i.e. finals). I really hope someone read this and took something from it. It’s just a lot. College is a lot. I can’t believe I’m actually here! But it really is a step up from high school, and it’s something to be excited for, not scared of.
Start applying for scholarships, look at schools, do all that! Go with your gut. And take it from me: staying close to home for college can be a really really good thing.