Sexiled: Not being able to stay in your room because your roommate is, shall we say, “entertaining.”
I’d be willing to bet my entire shoe collection that at some point during the year, you’ll be sexiled from your room (especially if your roomie-to-be has a boyfriend from home). Being sexiled is, without a doubt, the most inconvenient part of having a roommate. She’ll bring a guy back very late at night without warning, leaving you with just enough time to grab your ID card and toothbrush before fleeing from your room.
It’s a good idea to have an arrangement worked out to stay with a friend in your building in case one of you gets sexiled from your room.
Sloptart: A girl who drinks entirely too much at a party and, as a result, becomes sloppy, annoying and unattractive to everyone else around her.
This is one of those fun phrases that you never, ever, ever want to have in the same sentence with your name. Obviously, it’s college, and college students drink. But drinking in excess to the point of being deemed a sloptart is not only unattractive, it’s REALLY dangerous. And, worst of all, sloptarts usually don't remember ever being a sloptart in the first place ... but their friends do.
Swipes: The currency of college.
I am in LOVE with my student ID. Not because of my gorgeous picture (and by gorgeous picture, I mean glorified mug shot), but because it absolutely eliminated the need for me to carry a wallet when I'm at school.
On virtually every college campus, your ID card will serve as cash (in the form of “fill in your college mascot here” bucks), meal points, laundry money, library card, dorm key and tickets to sporting events. NEVER EVER lose your ID ... it’s more convenient to lose your right arm than your ID (trust me: I've had it happen ... twice).
Syllabus Week: The first week of classes, during which professors usually only go over the class syllabus and let students out very, very early.
Syllabus Week is the most amazing and misleading five days of college that students face every semester. For starters, it’s a blast. Chances are your 75 minute lecture will last about 15 minutes ... just short enough for the professor to give you the SparkNotes version of the class but just long enough for you to become study buddies with the Ashton Kutcher look-alike sitting in front of you.
Especially as a freshman, Syllabus Week is great for spending extra time with new friends and floormates. However, it’s worth saying that your first week of college is NOT what the rest of your semester will be like. If you're in Quantum Physics 500 and leave after the first class thinking, “Easy A right here,” that feeling will probably only last until next Monday.
TA: Stands for “teaching assistant.”
Especially at large universities and in any lecture classes beginning with “Intro to” or ending in “101,” you'll probably have at least one or two TAs for your first few semesters. TAs are typically students who are employed to aid the professor in their teaching, grading and other responsibilities. Usually, any recitation classes you have will be taught by a TA.
The Buddy System: Every collegiette’s™ safety system.
When going out at night, always have a buddy (someone who will look out for you, and you will look out for them). Remember: never leave a party without your buddy (it’s so hard to break in a new one)!
It’s also worth mentioning The Buddy System’s cousin, “The Signal.” Work out a signal ahead of time with your buddy (or a few buddies) for those awkward moments at parties when you’re dying to get out of a conversation or escape from a creeper.
The Ten-Minute Rule: An unofficial college rule that you can leave a class or lecture if the professor does not show up within 10 to 15 minutes of the scheduled start time.
I personally have yet to have this happen. Without fail, professors usually show up about nine minutes into the 10-Minute Rule (so I wouldn't get your hopes up for putting this unwritten rule to use). However, the good news is that most professors will cancel at least one class a semester for personal reasons, etc.
Tight and Bright Party: A party that requires attendees to wear items of clothing that are tightly fitted and brightly colored.
I know what you’re thinking ... somebody must've worked overtime on naming this party theme. Although not the classiest (neon leggings and tube tops anyone?), tight and bright parties remain a college staple, especially at frats. At the very least, tight and brights give you a legit excuse to buy that adorable shirt you saw at the mall that only came in an XXS. This is the one time when too tight = perfect.
Undergraduate: A term used for any student who is a freshman (or first-year), sophomore, junior or senior in college.
An “undergraduate” is commonly referred to as an “undergrad” and is working toward a bachelor’s degree. This term does not apply to students working toward their master’s degree or PhD.