As a freshman excited for a new beginning, I thought I had a good grasp on the dos and don’ts of college life. My parents, teachers and other adults who I spoke with about college always gave the same advice on the same topics: drink responsibly, don’t skip class, don’t fall into the pressures of the party scene, always use the buddy system, trust your gut, etc..
As much as that advice was appreciated, there were a few things I would have liked to have known before experiencing them myself or hearing about them from friends who endured slight embarrassment like me. Let the freshmen fumbles begin…
1. DON’T WEAR YOUR ID AND KEY ON A LANYARD AROUND YOUR NECK.
This act screams “freshman.” Who would have thought it was a big deal? It actually really
isn’t, but to save yourself from being picked on or called out, just take your ID and key off the dang thing. Guys, put it in your wallet. Girls, your wallet could work as well, or buy a cute little wristlet for your things.
DO HAVE YOUR ID AND KEY ON YOU AT ALL TIMES
It is important because it verifies your status on campus. It may come in handy for access into buildings or permit staff members to help you. It also is needed for assistance from the police; you must be able to prove you are a student depending on the service you need.
2. DON’T SNAPCHAT YOUR LOCATION AT THE LIBRARY
Apparently this also screams “freshman.” I don’t know why this is a thing, but I have experienced the consequences of doing so. It’s nothing serious, but my upperclassmen friends did make fun of me for it… and screenshot my snap as proof to use against me.
DO GO TO THE LIBRARY
I highly recommend the sixth and seventh floors of Alden. It’s usually dead silent depending on the time you go, and it makes it super easy to get into the zone in order to get your work done. It also has a pretty cool view of the horizon depending on where you sit. The rolling hills surrounding Athens are breathtaking. The view is one of my favorite things here, especially because I come from a town with only flatland full of cornfields.
3. DON’T DATE ON YOUR FLOOR
While there may be a cute someone a few doors down from you, don’t think it’s a good idea to pursue them. Sure, it would make it convenient for fun sleepovers and other adventures, but just think about how awkward it will be when it doesn’t work out. Having to run into them while just going to the bathroom will definitely get old, and you’ll never be able to prevent that inevitable cringe when you see their face unexpectedly. It may be different if things do work out, but you never know with freshmen intentions. Many people come to school with the “F*ck B*tches, Get Money” mentality. Yeah, I said it.
DO MAKE FRIENDS ON YOUR FLOOR
It really does make your first year experience a lot more memorable. Some of the girls and guys on your floor may become some of your best friends. It also makes it easier to always have someone to grab lunch with or even study with if you have the same classes. The people on my residence hall floor don’t interact with each other, which is incredibly depressing. I make friends when I run into the girls in the bathroom (talk about really getting into someone’s business). I’m also unsure if the boys are scared to approach the girls, but I have only made friends with one boy in my residence hall by making the first move when I asked him if he had any ranch. He didn’t, but now I go eat with him at the dining halls, where there is plenty of ranch for everyone.
4. DON’T SMOKE WEED, LIGHT CANDLES, OR BURN POPCORN IN YOUR RESIDENCE HALL
The first part of that tip seems obvious because smoking weed is (currently) illegal in Ohio. However, many people still light one up in the dorms anyway. Any trace of smoke is picked up by the fire alarms, and they go off way too easily. Not to mention the fact the firefighters and RAs do try to figure out which room set off the alarm. It’s incredibly annoying to stand outside in the rain in the morning,before the first day of classes because someone burned something.
DO USE YOUR MICROWAVE AND BRING AIR FRESHENER
Easy Mac is always a nice go-to food if you are in a hurry. Also, a microwave is nice to use if you need to reheat food from the dining hall. Air freshener is a good alternative since you cannot use candles. You realize how fast trash can get stinky when you don’t have your dad there to take it out when it gets full.
5. DON’T ASK TO GO TO THE BATHROOM
Not only do professors not care, but it interrupts their teaching time. It also is quite childish to need permission to do such a thing. Why high schools have not adopted this practice beats me.
DO GO TO THE BATHROOM
When ya gotta go, ya gotta go, ya know? It may seem weird and uncomfortable when you go without asking the first time, but no one is going to stop you. It is normal, and eventually you won’t think twice about it.
Even if you do experience any of these fumbles, at least you can feel better knowing that you won’t be a freshmen forever and that the saying “you live and learn” is completely true. Remember to always have a sense of humor when you mess up because it makes life a lot easier.