Whew! It’s been three weeks since I first set foot on campus, and what a crazy three weeks it’s been! It might still be too early to tell (psh, yeah right), but I’ve come to the conclusion that college is totally awesome, and for a number of reasons.
I can also safely say that I’ve learned quite a bit about college life from my experiences so far – or at least enough to help me survive the remainder of the semester. So take out your laptops and notebooks, because there’s going to be a quiz on this stuff next week:
1. I love freedom!
For the first time…ever, really, I have the power to make my own schedule, write my own rules, and run my life the way I want to. This new-found freedom was a little overwhelming at first, since there was so much to explore on campus and only so many hours in a day, but I’ve found a comfortable rhythm that allows for flexibility when necessary. For example, I usually hit the books after dinner, but if there’s an Apples to Apples game going on in the lounge at the same time, I’m so there.
2. College dining usually sucks, but the soft serve machines rule.
Even if the food isn’t always wonderful, you can always count on the soft serve machine (and sugar cones!) to cheer you up at the end of a disappointing meal. Seriously. I want one for my room.
3. The best discussions are to be had outside the classroom.
I’ve been involved in many deeply intellectual class discussions, but nothing beats spontaneous jam sessions with my hallmates or lounging on the lawn talking about the cultural implications of Disney movies. Staying up until 3 a.m. discussing the intricacies of the universe with my friends is far more rewarding than reading the confessions of St. Augustine. (No offense, Augustine.)
4. You + hilarious friend + quiet library = bad.
If you go to the library to do work, sit as far away as possible from your friend who can make you laugh with just one look. Don’t ask questions, just do it. Learn from my mistakes.
5. When it comes to reading, divide and conquer.
Yes, yes, I know. Procrastinating is much more fun. But I’ve found that if you take that 400 pages of reading you have this week, break it up into smaller chunks, and do a little bit of reading each day, you’ll retain the information better and won’t go insane from cramming for 30 straight hours over the weekend.
6. Professors can make penis jokes, too.
At least, that’s all my film professor does during his three and a half-hour long lectures. I suppose he gets just as bored by the material as we do.
7. In college, a capella is considered a sacred art.
I don’t know why, but a capella seems to be purely a college phenomenon. If you try to start an a capella group in high school, your peers look at you funny. But when your college a capella group sings N*SYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” in an eight part harmony outside the dining hall, you become campus gods (and goddesses).
8. Make friends with plenty of guys so you can borrow their clothes for the gender-bender party.
Just make sure the guy you loan your clothes to isn’t so big that he’ll stretch them out. Don’t learn this the hard way. Rest in peace, favorite sweater.
What new things did you learn about college during your freshman year?