50 Things I Learned As a College Freshman

Recently I read a blog from one of my sorority sisters titled “72 Things I Learned From Living In My Sorority House”, and if you are a sorority girl like myself, I highly suggest you read it! Although there are many different sororities, I’m sure there are numerous things we all have in common when put into a house together to survive.

Anyways, after reading her blog, it got me thinking about the many things I’ve learned during my first year as a college freshman. And so, much like the title of this blog most likely clued you in on, I made a list! Some of you may be able to relate as fellow students, but if you’re not yet in college and reading this, then I strongly suggest that you take some of these into consideration as there are many myths and rumors that float around about college life. However, whether you’re in high school or college or not in school at all, the following list can probably still supply a good laugh or just past time as you’re probably procrastinating doing something as you read this.

50 Things I Learned As a College Freshman

  1. Move-in day is about as hectic as it sounds (especially with two sets of parents in a tiny room trying to “make it feel home-y”)
  2. Asking people “What is your major?” becomes a habit and you find yourself asking it in awkward silences without forethought
  3. “Tired” no longer is considered a feeling but more of a personality trait
  4. Food can and does make just about any situation better
  5. There is no self-control when it comes to Netflix; you will binge watch and it’s better if you just accept it now (I suggest How I Met Your Mother and Gossip Girl)
  6. Community bathrooms aren’t as bad as they sound
  7. Beer pong is considered a sport in college – respect the pong
  8. Rooming with a friend from high school doesn’t always end in disaster; they might just become your best friend
  9. Always have at least one person in every class that you can text for notes or help
  10. Be wise when skipping classes and don’t skip the same class more than once during a week (trust me, you’ll be lost and confused like a lost puppy when you get back)
  11. If you’re not a morning person, that won’t change in college, so don’t schedule 8ams
  12. Coffee, like Netflix, will be your best friend
  13. Walking to class isn’t “working out”; go to the gym
  14. After you see what they feed you in the dining halls, you’ll understand why you have to go to the gym
  15. It’s okay to eat by yourself in the dining halls; just scroll through your phone or read a book if you’re truly insecure
  16. Sometimes you will be forced to eat by yourself in the dining hall (so don’t just ignore #15 like oh that won’t happen to me; it will happen to you)
  17. You’ll praise whoever created ratemyprofessor.com and courseoff.com
  18. It’s possible to have a social life and get good grades, but you will sacrifice sleep on a regular basis
  19. Naps are more popular in college than they were in kindergarten
  20. Set 3 alarms because you’ll train yourself to turn them off in your sleep and then get mad at yourself later
  21. “I’m going to the gym tomorrow” means nothing
  22. Wherever there’s free food, college students flock
  23. Make downtown a reward and not a habit
  24. Choose your friends wisely (this is easier said than done, but you’ll thank me later)
  25. Greek life is fantastic, but don’t forget to join other clubs, organizations, and do volunteer work
  26. Buy a desk calendar or a planner as being forgetful in college is just not an option with the amount of things that have to be done
  27. If you thought finals were difficult in high school, good luck in college
  28. If you’re a girl, you’ll probably cry at the sight of how small your closet in the dorm actually is
  29. Your laundry will consist of t shirts and running shorts so stock up while you can
  30. If you’re going to UGA, LIVE IN THE LOW RISES (Hill, Boggs, Church, Mell); the rooms are bigger, you get your own sink, and you’ll appreciate the quietness when you’re trying to do homework and study
  31. Sometimes you and your roommate will need time apart; he/she doesn’t hate you (well he/she might), they just need some time alone
  32. Waffle House is good at both 10am and 10pm
  34. Don’t be afraid to be that freshman carrying a map on the first day  (I missed the bus and went to the wrong building – you’ll want the map)
  35. You’ll surprise yourself of how much you miss home
  36. Speaking of home, don’t forget to stay in touch with your parents; you leaving is a big adjustment for them too
  37. If they offer to come up to visit, say yes even if it’s just for the free food (can you tell college students love free food?)
  38. If you’re a girl, “I’m going to dress cute for class tomorrow” becomes irrelevant the next morning at 8am, so shorts and t-shirt it is
  39. Don’t stereotype people; you’ll realize how annoying it is when you’re the one getting stereotyped
  40. Freshman year isn’t about hooking up with the most people, so don’t be that guy/girl
  41. You will most likely have at least 1 story that will be so strange even you can’t comprehend it months later (for example, my roommate and I let a drunk guy sleep on our futon because his roommate had a girl over, and he wound up getting up at 5am, peeing in our room all over our carpet and ottoman, denying the fact that it happened, then buying us a new carpet and ottoman)
  42. If you’re a guy, stay away from crazy girls (they’re out and on the prowl)
  43. Freshman 15 is a real thing – GO TO THE GYM
  44. You’ll spend more time studying for a class than you actually spend in class
  45. “I’m going to study” means “I’m going to search every social network twice, do my laundry, run a mile, eat some food (okay a lot of food), all with my book open in front of me”
  46. Your eating habits will become like that of your 8 year old self (macaroni and cheese, gummies, chips, milk, etc.)
  47. Only take as much cash downtown as you’re willing to spend
  48. Don’t do homework in your bed; it’s a trap
  49. Take note of your professors’ office hours; not only will it help you better your grades, but you’ll need those student-teacher relationships when it comes time to get professor recommendations
  50. You only get one chance at your first year of college, so get out there, make memories, and have a kick-ass year