You’ve moved away to college, you’ve gotten settled in through the first few months of the semester and you think you’re really cruising along – you’re becoming a real live adult! No doubt throughout the first few months of living on your own you’ve gotten a lot of advice from family, friends, and your professors at school. Well, let’s be honest — some of the most valuable lessons you learn happen at 3am on a Friday night or 10am the next morning. Our resident freshman advisor will break down the real lessons you’ll learn outside of school; the things that your family or school might not tell you. It’s these lessons that you’ll keep with you for the next four (to seven) years and will really help you get through the struggles of being a real live adult.
Without further ado: Five things every freshman should know, but won’t learn in school…
If you have class early Friday morning and think you’re making it to all of them, you’re kidding yourself (especially when you discover Thursday is the start of the weekend). Plan your schedule accordingly. Better yet, just take Friday off.
No one is watching, so a beer before ten in the morning is allowed… and encouraged on game days.
Saturday night’s Mac n’ Cheese pizza is perfectly acceptable to eat Sunday as breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, depending on the state of hangover you’re in. Crank that oven up to 450 and pop in the leftovers for a minute or two and you’re good to go.
You will more than likely meet your best friend on the corner of a street, and you’ll be stuck with them for the next four years because they witnessed something embarrassing that neither of you will forget. If you don’t keep them close they’ll have a story about the crazy person they crossed paths with and tell everyone all about it. That will still probably happen, but at least they’ll be laughing with you, not at you.
Don’t believe the hype, the “freshman fifteen” is completely avoidable with fresh salads from Ian’s and chasing the bus six blocks every Monday morning because you just wanted a few more minutes of sleep. We’ve all done it.
So go out, live, learn, love, and blossom into the very mature adults we know you can be – just don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes along the way.