From Freshman to Freshman

After sitting here for quite some time trying to get a good wifi connection so that I can be productive and do my homework, I realize that it’s just not going to happen. Instead of choosing the reasonable option of taking a nap, I figured I should update you guys on how my week one of college has been.

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My first impression coming into this was that I wasn’t alone in being a confused little freshman. Finding classes, buying groceries, and simply talking to the people who surround you are some of the biggest struggles freshmen are always faced with. The first few days of walking to classes was a workout to say the least, as I had not previously mapped out and walked the route I was going to be taking. Multiple times I went around several buildings to get to another, only to realize that my destination was merely a parking lot away from my starting point. So not only would I walk into class winded and flushed, as the elevation is high and the temperature cold, but I would also barely arrive on time, which makes it a little harder to find an open seat. I invite any upcoming freshman to take my advice and map out beforehand so as not to feel so flustered when trying to find your classroom. It causes a lot of unnecessary stress the first couple of days.

Now, buying groceries… I ended up having to go to Walmart at least 3 times this week simply because I kept forgetting things. It was a pain! I thought I was prepared, but each time I saw myself going back to the store, I proved myself wrong. It’s the stuff that you don’t think to buy that threw me off. Getting the food was easy; people are generally good at knowing what they like to eat, but things like band aids or dish towels went completely over my head when coming up with a list of things I needed. I’d also like to point out that I was fairly studious in deciding what all was needed for my college career. I went to Pinterest, talked to other college students, and made multiple lists, but still I wasn’t entirely prepared. It’s weird adjusting from a home where these things seemed to be naturally provided for us whereas now I actually need to know the different between Dawn and Tide. Heck, I still lack the ability to grab a grocery cart on my way into the store. It’s just not something I’ve ever had to think about before.

And of course, awkwardly having to start those conversations with your roommates and/or classmates. Sometimes it takes time getting used to being around 5 other girls, especially if some are more introverted than the other. After a couple weeks, however, it’s hard to hide your craziness in a place where you might spend the majority of your time. It’s just the first couple of conversations that might seem a little forced, but eventually you either find a friend or a not-so-much friend within each of your roommates. I’d say it’s probably harder to make friends with your classmates simply because the focus has to be on the professor. Eventually there will be a time when the need to form a study group will come, so just remember that everyone is in the same boat as you. Go out of your comfort zone and meet someone new– you never know when you’ll make friends with a genius.

I came from a small town with a slightly okay high school that didn’t really prepare me for the workload college would bring me. I’m not complaining, however, because it was really nice to have lazy days where I didn’t need to worry about homework. I bring this up simply because I was kind of freaking out about my procrastination habits and how that would translate over to my college ones. Despite me taking this semester a little easy, I find that it’s not very hard to just sit down and work because everyone around you has to do the exact same thing. And don’t think that college is all about sitting in your room doing homework all day, because if you manage your time right, adventures are sure to come. My favorite memory for this week, as an example, involves my roommates and some of our guy friends playing ultimate spoons. One of the guys would hide the spoons all throughout the second floor of our building and we would run throughout the halls trying to find them. Admittedly, we weren’t exactly quiet, but no one got onto us because everyone does stupid things like that in college.

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All in all, adulting is a new world. It’s something we’ve been preparing for our entire lives, yet it can still come as a bit of a shock once you’re thrown into it. The transition is fast; one second you’re living with your parents who are the providers of practically your whole life, and the next you’re wondering what to do with yourself. I’m not saying that college sucks! Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, I’m already beginning to fall in love with this new stage of life. Now, I recognize that everyone comes from different circumstances and that college experiences are different from the next, but I’m just here to say that only you have the power to make this the best time of your life. Get over high school and say hello to a much more excepting universe where you can be who you want to be.