5 major tips for the college freshman.
Freshman year of college went by like a speeding car on the highway; it passed me by before I could even blink. I still remember the first night I threw up in my roommate’s bag. I can, until this day see her face as she laughed hysterically instead of fuming with anger. I made friends who supported me and helped me become who I am today. I had the crazy neighbor who would sleep with anyone who was a somebody: the football players, the UPD guy (the guy who lets you in the dorms after hours,) the bouncer at Level, the cook at Irish Pub and of course anyone that my roommate was attracted to. “ Rich can get us tickets to go see the bills next week! One of his teammate got connections.” She would say. “ Jonathan wants all of us to go down to the pub, free drinks all night woo!" She always knew someone who could hook us up or get us out of trouble. My first year in college was a great experience and these are 5 major steps that helped me survive.
1: As a freshman in college, you’re going to need one of those crazy girls on your side. You need someone who will know the Frat boys. It doesn’t matter how she’s acquainted, all that matters is that she can get you in on a Friday night. Going on the town’s website is a great way to find all the cool parties and places to visit. GET OUT AND GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR NEW HOME!
2: Surround yourself with positive friends. Friends who will help you rise from stress caused by midterms, finals and of course Boys. They’re the ones who will make you feel like you can do anything and be anything. They’re the ones you will keep for the rest of your life or maybe just during your stay in college, (you never know where life might take you) but they are the ones you will never forget. PICK YOUR FRIENDS, AND DON’T LET THEM PICK YOU!
3: Never wait until the last minute. Procrastination almost never works (except for those lucky jerks who can ace a chemistry test without studying.) If you’re not good at pulling an A paper don’t bother waiting until the last minute, because some professors are witches, they will give you a 12 page paper on spring break. You must know that getting it out of the way is the best way to avoid stress and to keep from stuffing your face with junk the night before. Not only do you lose sleep but, drinking caffeine is very bad for your heart and bad breath is definitely NOT sexy (yuck!). As young ladies, you need all the beauty sleep you can get to look fabulous the next day! That cute boy who sits next to you every day won’t take a second look if you go to class looking like the bride of chucky. ALWAYS LOOK YOUR BEST! And BE FABULOUS!
4: I’m sure everyone knows about the wretched freshman 15. It is true people! I have been a size 2 all my life but I blew up like a balloon freshman year. Please, STAY AWAY from the burgers and French fries! I know it’s more convenient to order from Zetti’s pizza or from the Chinese Bistro down the block, but believe me, buying your own groceries will save you cash and the $20 gym membership over the summer. Sometimes though, it is inevitable. Let’s say you go to a party, and there will be plenty of them in college, it’s ok to have a slice of pizza and some chips but MODERATE PORTIONS. Simply do not let yourself go, it is essential to watch what you eat and most importantly, EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE! Not only do you look good externally but you will feel accomplished and full of energy. 30 minutes on a treadmill is totally worth it if you plan on rocking that sexy bikini in Florida for spring break.
5: This lesson is the most important one yet! SAFE SEX! Believe me when I say STDS happen. It can happen to you or anyone, meaning if you don’t protect yourself there’s a 73% chance of you catching something. Your first year in college is exciting, you’re meeting new people, you don’t have annoying parents breathing down your neck, you feel liberated, and it’s great; until Alex or Ramon gives you Chlamydia or gonorrhea. Telling him to wrap it up doesn’t mean you’re not cool, it only means that you have will power, you’re a woman who knows what she wants! And the right kind of guy will love that. It’s good to stand up for something you believe in and let’s not forget that you could be saving yourself from an embarrassing confession to your parents and friends. DON’T BE PRESSURED!
In the end, college is what you make of it. Remember that this is the beginning of your adulthood. This is where you start to pave the way for your future. Have fun but remember why you’re there. Never lose track of your goals and dreams. Students are usually petrified of failing in college, that shouldn't be the case. If you fail, fail here and if you fall, fall here because in failing you will discover yourself and in falling you will rise farther and become the person you're meant to be. Embrace college and all its wonders, and embrace failure because that is how you truly learn.