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8 that inevitably happen your freshman year of college

It's that time of year again... sweaters are being worn, Halloween decorations are being sold, pumpkin-flavored things are being consumed, aaaand college students everywhere are suffering through their first month of classes. (Well, almost second month at this point).

My old posts about college have long been some of my most successful posts on Pinterest, especially during this time of year. And I'm not gonna lie, I definitely remember anxiously sifting through college advice on Pinterest. There's something comforting about hearing (reading?) someone who's been through it tell you that it's gonna be better than you think.

So, without further ado, here are eleven things that inevitably happen your freshman year of college. If you're starting your freshman year, here are some things to expect. And if you've passed your college-freshman-phase, let's reminisce together.

me in my natural state (being tired)

 1. The first semester is always weird. (It'll get better).

This is probably the most important thing on this list. A lot of people go into college simultaneously worrying their heads off while also expecting that it's going to be immediately awesome. You're gonna make friends, and find your people! Your social life will be better than high school! Classes will be more interesting! You're gonna be a whole new, cool person who has her life together! Well, the truth is, the first semester of freshman year barely counts in the scheme of college. It's basically an adjustment period. You may not make the best friends of your life immediately, and that's okay. You may not like all your classes immediately, and that's also okay. Your first semester does not set the standard for how all of college will be. In my experience (and in the experience of all my friends), first semester is always weird, but it gets better.

2. You'll probably change your mind, at least in a little way, about your future. 

Some people go into college being 100% set on what they want to do with their lives. Some people have absolutely no clue. There's a fair chance you'll end up being both of those people at some point. Just remember that 1.) If you're gonna have a life-changing revelation about what you want to do with your future, now (in college) is probably the best time. And 2.) all knowledge is valuable, no matter what you end up doing in the long run. College isn't just a job training program, it's a life-training program.

3. You'll feel like you don't "have your life together." 

Even if you're an organized person, you will no doubt have times where your unfolded laundry is living in a pile on your chair, or you stay up until 1 am for no reason before realizing you forgot to do your homework, or you ate ramen noodles and animal crackers for dinner, or you overslept and missed class. It'll happen. And you know what? It's not a big deal. It doesn't mean you're a child or incapable of taking care of yourself or are bound to fail when you reach the adult world. It just means you're probably kind of tired, and so it everyone else. Your life is just as together as it needs to be, and you're doing a great job. I know it.

4. You'll do more things on your own. And you won't be 100% confident in them. And you'll mess some of them up.

I'm the kind of person who only likes to do things once I know what I'm getting myself into. I like details. I like researching things before they happen. (When I got my summer job at Subway I essentially google-trained myself before ever going into be trained, for example. You'd be surprised by the number of instructional Subway-sandwich-making videos that exist.) As you get older, this is not always possible. You have to go into things blindly sometimes. You can't be prepared for everything. And in these instances, whether you have a flat tire or are trying to fill out forms for your new job or are going to a spontaneous social event, remember that you don't have to know how to do everything. And people don't expect you to.

5. You'll be super busy, and taking care of yourself will be hard. 

There's this joke when it comes to college students about all of us living off of ramen noodles and sleeping 2 hours per night and never exercising and always being sick and/or about to pass out. As much of a joke as it may seem, taking care of yourself is genuinely kinda hard (especially in college!) and it's okay if you aren't always the picture of health and wellness. Everyone's busy and stressed and figuring it out, and everyone naturally takes care of themselves in different ways. You have your whole gosh-darn life to learn yoga and stop eating processed foods and meditate every morning. Don't beat yourself up if you feel like a college stereotype sometimes. But also don't anticipate automatically being a super slob when you come to college-- you'll still generally be the same person you are now, however organized or not organized that is.


6. You'll want every weekend to be memorable. (It's okay if it isn't) 

This is a big one for me. I'm obsessed with life stories and memoirs and living a memorable and full-of-stuff life. But there's a difference between a memorable life and stressing out about doing something fun and unique every weekend when you're already tired. Even if you did nothing but study for the past few weekends, I guarantee college will be memorable. I've had some extremely memorable nights where we did nothing but laundry and watching TV.

7. You'll feel like you have to spend all your time studying in order to succeed. (It's okay if you don't). 

Don't spend every second of your waking hours studying. I mean, definitely study, but also do other things. I was talking to some friends over the summer about their various college experiences, and I know several people who spend most of their time in college seriously stressing about their classes and studying for hours on end. I've never really been like that. I don't know if it's because I've always been a dancer so academics have never been my biggest or only priority, or if it's because I've always been good at getting my homework done fast and in whatever pocket of free time I have. But either way, my friends and I have always been good at making time to go explore downtown, or go to a museum, or go thrift shopping. I think making the time to get off campus and forget about school work every now and then is vital to staying sane.

8. A lot of interesting stuff will happen within one year. 

No matter what happens, it'll be great in your memoir.

What are your favorite college memories so far? Do any of these things stand true to your college experience?

♡ Julia

7 comments

  1. Lovely post dear.... enjoyed reading it a lot... thx for sharing ...:-)
    Beauty and fashion

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  2. I never went to college (yes, I'm one of Those people :) but I have to say, your post almost makes me want to!

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  3. I think my college was weird because you and many others describe it a certain way but mine was like being in high school on repeat again which in my option isn't a good thing hahahha! I know things are hectic but you'll get the hang of it girl! Btw, I feel like I haven't been here in awhile and I see a new layout and am loving it <3

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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  4. HA this was a fun read!! I only went to college (UK) and this was nothing like that x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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  6. This was so interesting for someone to read who doesn't have the college experience like this! (I'm from Australia) x

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz

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  7. I find the concept of college so interesting, it sounds so different to my own studies, as I'm in an Australian university! Good on you for offering up your advice to new freshmans!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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