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10 Things I Learned the First Week of College

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Aug. 29, 2014

Ten things I learned the first week of college

Here are some of our thoughts as you all finish up your first weeks of school in no particular order.

  1. There is nothing as good as mom’s home cooking. Whoever told you that the food in the cafeteria would be awesome was being a really good recruiter. However, you will live through the next four years just fine. Mix it up and sometimes go to the salad bar for dinner or have some breakfast.  In any case, almost 100% of the time, it will be better than anything you whip up to cook in your dorm microwave.
  2. Just because there is ice cream in the cafeteria doesn’t mean you should have some every day meal. Just because you can eat/do/be whatever you want, doesn’t mean you should necessarily. Sure, indulge once in awhile, but don’t forget where the campus gym is after all.
  3. Do not just lock the dorm door on your way out without checking to make sure your roommate has their key. This happened way too many times. Just communicate with your roommate. Did they leave to visit a friend for just a minute or leave for the day? An easy text could determine which of these it is, and could save you a fine for getting an RA to unlock your door.
  4. No one is there to clean up your dorm room or do your laundry beside yourself.  You were really looking forward to the part of being treated as an adult that meant moving out of your parents’ house.  However, there is more to being an adult than just that. Be considerate to your roommate and clean up that stinking pile of trash and dirty laundry on a regular basis.  This will go a long way to you two having a good relationship. 
  5. No one is going to remind you to go to class and do your homework. Again, you are grown up now, act like it. You are responsible for you.  Believe it or not, skipping too many classes of English 101 will affect your grade, and possibly your GPA. Show up and pay attention.
  6. You cannot say yes to every club that asks you to join. Campus organizations love the freshman class’ enthusiasm. That’s why they all will ask you to join their club. Don’t do it. Take the information they hand out, and go back to your dorm room to think it over. Yes, participating in extracurricular activities is good, but ALL THE CLUBS is not. Determine what time you have to offer an activity, and prioritize accordingly. Time management is huge. 
  7. Speaking up in class every once in awhile is a great way to let the professor know you haven’t been sleeping through his class and actually have been listening to him. You are probably paying about $75 per class. There is no other time in your life you would spend that money without trying to get your money’s worth out of it.  Why treat your classes any differently?   
  8. Yes, other people can tell you’re a freshman. And that is okay. Really. You may feel awkward as you stumble around, trying to find your classrooms. Take this as an opportunity to ask for help. There are so many people on campus who are there to help you out.  Just ask. And, don’t worry after a week or two, you’ll blend right in.
  9. You aren’t necessarily going to be besties with everyone you met at orientation. As wilding fun or extremely awkward your orientation group was, you may or may not see them much after classes start. Don’t worry about it, and don’t stress out if you don’t hit it off. Orientation is a great opportunity to have some fun and get familiar with your campus and its traditions. Enjoy the memories, and go forward, making new friends.
  10. Pay attention to the student debt you acquire. Student loan and credit card companies make it really easy for you to get money to help with college. Keep an eye on this so that you don’t get more than you need. Look up a loan calculator so that you can estimate what your payments will be after graduation so that you can plan accordingly.

There you have it – some of our recollections of the first week of college. What did we miss?