Your first year of college is usually nothing that you expect it to be and I think that is what makes it so memorable and such a learning experience. No one can mentally or physically prepare you for your first year. Your parents will tell you to be careful, make smart choices, and focus on your school work first; your high school teachers and coaches will tell you that you have a good head on your shoulders, to do your best, and your family will wish you the best of luck. But, no one is going to tell you how classes work, how to meet new people, how to adjust, or about hookup culture in your new chapter of life.
1. College has a serious effect on your physical self, you need to take care of you and your body first.
There is a good chance that you may gain a few pounds, we all are already aware of the freshman fifteen and it is a real thing. However, the freshman fifteenth should be the least of your worries because it is preventable and manageable. Your bigger concern should be taking care of your immune system. You will most likely get sick and when you do, it is going to suck being away from home. Dining hall food does not have the nutrients that you would be getting with a home cooked meal so daily vitamins are a must. Vitamin C tablets work wonders too, especially when you are in a small living space with other people who are getting sick. Breakouts tend to become a big issue your first semester as you become more stressed over school work, and snack on greasy unhealthy foods late at night.
2. You are probably going to become nocturnal or develop some form of insomnia.
You first night away from home is super exciting, and everyone will be out that night partying or just exploring the new environment. One night of staying up all night turns into a week straight of going out and meeting new people; which then turns into I can’t sleep there is too much going on and I can’t miss out. You may be thinking what could possibly be happening in a college dorm at 11 pm on a Wednesday night, the answer is many things you would never expect. After a few weeks those nights of staying up late to see what all the fuss is about, will then turn into staying up late to finish writing papers and working on assignments. Just remember that sleep is extremely important to your health, which should be your main concern. So, despite your inner desires to become nocturnal it is important to find balance between nights like those and nights with at least eight hours of sleep.
3. A majority of freshman guys, if not all of them, do not want to be in a relationship their freshman year of college if they are not already in a previous one.
You will meet the guys who have girlfriends from home, and chose to remain faithful to them; respect that. A majority of the freshman guys are not looking for something serious, and you can’t really blame them for that. Your first year of college is about having fun and experiences new things, so when the guy that you hooked up with at a party never calls, don’t be disappointed. With that being said, when he finally does call you at 2 A.M. and asks you to come to his room, know you are worth way more than a booty call. Girls have this strange urge that we need to find our certain someone in college right away because it is basically the last hurrah before we are thrown out in the real world. After a few meaningless hookups, you will realize you have so much more time than you think to find your special someone. Take advantage of this time to just have fun, you never know what a one night hookup can turn into down the road.
4. Not every freshman girl wants to be in a relationship, just because she texts you to see what you are up to, does not mean she wants to date you right off the bat.
Not every girl is set out to find the one their first year of college. Girls get this stereotypical label attached to them that they feel in a rush and need to find themselves that one their first year. This is not always the case. Just because a girl takes the initiative to see what you are up to and makes plans to hang out does not mean that she is implying you date her and only her. Some girls just want to hang out their first year and test the waters out, just like one of the guys.
5. There is going to be at least one moment where you question why you are at your school, if you made the right decision choosing to attend, and if you should transfer.
The answer to this is usually yes you made the right decision and no you probably should not transfer. Unless there is a serious reason relating to your health, safety or overall happiness; transferring should never be the first option. College will teach you that everything does truly happen for a reason, and you always will end up where you belong. Although it may seem tough at times, try and tough it out; everything has a way of working itself out.
6. Your first semester, and semesters to come, are times of great potential; and you should take full advantage of that.
There is so much potential for you to grow and prosper as an individual in college, and to find yourself as a person. You are going to meet amazing people, and develop great connections that are going to help you become someone great in the future. This is the time to get internships, become a campus representative, or do other things you are passionate about. Now is also the time to overcome fears, try new things, and use the potential you have to be great. My first semester I overcame a lot of fears being on my own, and realized how much potential I had to do great things. Now in my second semester, and ones to come; I plan on using that potential to achieve great things.