How Not To Die: As A Freshman
No lie, it’s been a long time since I’ve been an undergraduate freshman, but now that I’m a graduate student freshman in a new school and a new state, I’m finding many parallels to then and now. To keep things interesting I will provide some sage-like advice from someone who has already graduated, in my series HOW NOT TO DIE IN COLLEGE (HOW NOT TO DIE INC):
Please Abide By These Rules While Being A Freshman:
Say Goodbye to High School
College is the time to start over, and be a new you. No one cares that you dated Sandy Sue, or that you were on the cover of the yearbook. What people care about the most were your interest. Whatever sports or clubs you were interested in or apart of, there is most likely be a club or team in that college. Do not live in the high school mindset, there are now too many cliques and they are too big to care about what you did last year.
Bring Your A+ Game
College isn’t for everyone. By finals of your first semester you will have an idea of which of your friends will be there for 4 years, and who won’t be there next year. College is about work! The responsibility is all yours now. No teachers reminding you when your work is done, no parents to help you with your projects it’s all up to you now.
There will ALWAYS be that one class every semester that you despise.
You don’t need to declare a major the minute you step on campus. Your roommate doesn’t want to kill you (don’t quote me on that). Your final won’t be that bad. There are resources and people on campus to help you out on campus. You just paid stupid amounts of money to go to their school, the administration will do what they can to keep you there. Failing class?- Talk to the teacher, they were students once too. Group study. If one person in class is failing they are probably not alone. Feeling lonely?- Join a club (frat, student organization), trust me ALL clubs want more people. Homesick?- GO HOME. I went home almost every other weekend my first semester freshman year.
A Buzz is Not Required for a Good Time
Despite what you may have heard, seen, or expected, not everyone in college drinks or smokes. There are those that are straight-edge (no drinks or drugs), social drinkers ((me) only drinks at parties), and the people who get the party started (the one’s who pregame before the pregame). Sometimes not drinking will add a different aspect to a party. There have been many times when I just babysat drunk people or simply watched the party sober (it’s sorta fun, like watching stoned clowns make fun off each other). Not everyone needs a drink (and DON’T force people to drink when they say no, it’s just rude), and you don’t always have to drink to have a good time at a party. I mean you still had fun at your 7th Birthday party and you didn’t drink then.
College is your time to be you. Be comfortable, and enjoy your time here. It’s your time to explore new things and find your career path (college may not be for you). You will be surprised at all the new activities and experiences.
Leon Langford | Bright Futura Columnist