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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting College: Get Ready For… Nothing

August 12, 2010

Freshman year of college can only truly be described as an adventure. Whether you are driving down the street to attend class or hopping on a plane cross-country, there is no way you can avoid culture shock. Gone are the days of waking up at 8 AM, racing against the clock to make it on time to first period without getting a tardy, switching classes 6-8 times, ending at a given time and hustling off to sports only to return home after sunset. Unless you are a college athlete, consider this life style over.

I thoroughly enjoyed being busy throughout my high school years; I purposely over-scheduled myself knowing that if I did not, my homework would not get done in the hour slot I allowed myself between lacrosse practice and tumbling class. Instead, I most likely would become one with my sofa, immersing myself in the latest drama between Kristin and LC’s life in Laguna Beach in lieu of tackling tricky geometry proofs and reading Siddhartha. You will have an ample amount of time between class that in the beginning will seem to tick by, but as soon as you are in groove you will never wish those precious moments away again. Time wasted can be the best time spent… it is during this time you build the relationships that are so crucial to surviving the first year away from home. It is easy to lose track of time in a dark dorm room with your best friends, but do not stress, as long as you are getting your school work done, these are the times when the best memories are made.

However, it is also important to get busy and involved on campus. Club sports are a great way to maintain your physique while having fun while not having to give up that team unity we all loved so much in high school. You are attending school with tens, hundreds, or thousands of people who are bound to have some common interest as you. This means there are TONS of clubs and groups you can join, from fencing people in jousting club to fencing houses in habitat. These four years are possibly the only in your life where you have free reign over your actions; you are not being told what to do by mom and dad or following the orders of a higher-up, such as a boss. Join something that interests you and overwhelming nothingness that sits so uneasily at the beginning of the year will dissipate faster than the Wicked Witch of the West.

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