Song of the day: Kelly Clarkson-Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
I have spent two years in college, just long boarding around campus in a sleep haze. A coffee in one hand, my phone blaring music in the other, my back nearly broken from anthologies. (A casualty of having a Liberal Arts major.) I wouldn’t be lying if I said that some of the details became hazy in the hustle and bustle of college life, but ultimately I was able to glean seven little nuggets of wisdom that should be shared with any and all incoming college students. So pay attention and take notes to avoid any future misery:
- “You know nothing Jon Snow!”– But really I know nothing and I can’t afford a single thing. You will feel this way every single day as your brains are blown to bits by college professors.
- Freshman are desperate– I know it might be a different experience for commuters and transfers, but all freshman are grasping for friends. They feel lost and will latch onto anyone willing to befriend them. They jump into relationships and make a zillion friends that they are never going to keep. Make friends, but don’t get caught up in the inevitable drama that ensues among freshman. You are way better than that.
- Find your place– I’m not talking about your major. I want you to find a place where you can hang and form friendships. Mine was in the school cafeteria. Not only was I hired to work there, but slowly I began to notice that all of my friends were working there as well. The bright side is that if I got tired of them, I would only have to see them in smaller doses of four to eight hours at a time.
- BS is good-You will discover an untapped potential of BS that is waiting to be used for any homework assignment that you aren’t entirely prepared for. If you don’t give convincing BS or you don’t know when the appropriate time is to use this gift, GOD-HELP-YOU!
- Sophomores go through a slump-If you can make it past the drop out phase, I congratulate you. It’s a very quiet pain that no one ever talks about, but almost everyone experiences. College is always trying to end you, but it is up to you to not let is succeed.
- No one is a genius when it comes to their major.-I’m an English major and grammar can suck my tit! I don’t claim to be the best authoress or the sharpest editor. I’ll be lucky if I have enough dedication to write for DorklyWeb every week.
- You are responsible for your actions.- You won’t fully understand this until you move away from your parents safety net and live with strangers. Owning up to the decisions you make, whether they are dumb or genius, is all on you.
So good luck out there! I hope these rules of thumb will help you as much as they helped me.