Unsaid Truths of Freshman Year

As freshman year approaches, you’ve probably been told 1,000 times that the next four years will be the best years of your life.  You’ve also probably heard that your going to the greatest school in the world and the friends you make in college will last you a lifetime. There are certain things, however, that people neglect to tell you about but are totally normal and common to experience. Here are the top 6 unsaid truths of freshman year:

1. It takes time to find genuine friends

While it might seem easy to jump to conclusions about people, everyone deserves a chance. The girl you think is super fun and cool on a Saturday night may not be the one who comforts you when you need it the most. Don’t be afraid to test out the waters and truly get to know people.

2. You will call home... a lot

You won’t realize how much your parents did for you at home until you are on your own. From cleaning up after your messes to ensuring you got from place to place on time, parents basically did it all. Without having someone to look out for you 24/7, you will naturally call home often to ask questions, share good news, or just to say hello.

3. You will study hard

From the outside college may seem like all fun and games, but did you know that you are actually here to do work? Some classes really are challenging and require a lot of effort. Be sure to buckle down and give it your all if you want to be successful.

4. Going out is not always fun

After going out to the same bars, clubs, or fraternities time and time again, your nights may seem very monotonous and routine... Even if the University of Wisconsin was just named the number one party school in America. Be sure to check out trending restaurants, fun events nearby, or new movies to spice up your nights.

5. Your interests may change

Activities you once loved participating in may no longer be as appealing to you, and that’s just fine. With a change of location comes a change in interest—you are bound to find new hobbies and enjoyment in different endeavors.

6. College is what you make of it

What everyone says is correct—the college years will be some of the best of your life if you make them. Go out, study hard, talk to someone new, and have fun! Time really does fly, so do what you love.

While school may seem hard at times and work may be rough, remember that everyone has good and bad days. Be sure to keep all of this in mind and note that the people around you are going through the same exact thing J Good luck!