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10 Things I Have Learned As A Freshman In College

There’s nothing more terrifying and exhilarating than going to college.  You are told that these are the best four years of your life but there are many lessons learned within just the first couple of weeks.

1. The concept of F.O.M.O.

FOMO (fear of missing out) is a real thing, learning to rally is a major key because when you are sitting in bed seeing all the countless snapchat stories and instagrams you get hit with a bad case of FOMO.

2. Time management.

While living with your parents in high school you always had someone to wake you up, make sure you were at school and if you weren’t most schools would call home to vouch for you absence but in college it is all up to you.  With people always asking to get food or to go out you have to step back and realize what you got to get done first.

3. The freshman 15 is NO JOKE.

You would think walking 5 miles around campus a day would whoop you into shape, but somehow that long urban myth becomes a fact and you suddenly miss your high school body.

4. You are always tired… I mean always.

It doesn’t matter if you get the full 8 hours or more… You will always be tired, so you find yourself confiding in your to cope for your exhaustion buying countless cups of coffee at starbucks a week.

5. In the process of drowning yourself in coffee you seem to blink your eyes and have $0.50 left for food.

The only thing I have to say about this lesson is your DB disappears right before your eyes… Use it wisely my friends.

6. You can find yourself studying for 6 hours or 0 hours but still seem to get the same grade.

This has got to be the most frustrating one for me.  At the beginning of school I found myself studying for what seemed like years but still wasn’t getting the grade I thought I deserved.  One thing I learned is to meet with the professor because then it shows you actually care instead of some students who don’t change their study habits at all.  

7. When you’re sick there is no place like home.

Sure going to college in a far far away land seems intriguing, but when you are sick there is nothing like feeling of being home and your mom taking care of you.

8. Don’t start the trend of skipping classes.

One or two here and there might not hurt you but I have learned that skipping classes really takes a toll on your grades because most teachers don’t care if you’re there they won’t take the time to fill you in on what you missed in class.

9. Set up your alarm where you have to physically get up to turn it off.

If your alarm is in arms reach odds are you’ll just turn it off and roll over and fall back asleep.

10. Go outside your comfort zone and be yourself.

Being yourself really lets you find the people you want to surround yourself with and going outside of your comfort zone shows you all that life has to offer and you get to experience things you never thought you would enjoy or do.

Lauren is a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is a business major and member of Delta Zeta.
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