9 things to expect your first year of college

One minute you’re at recess playing on the jungle gym with your best friends. The next minute you’ve got your high school diploma in hand and you’re getting ready to head off to college.

Like the wise Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” These words ring especially true for every college bound student.

To help you adjust to college life – so you enjoy it rather than stress about it, here are nine experiences you can expect to deal with in your first year of college.

1. Laundry

If you are debating whether bathing suit bottoms pass for actual underwear, it’s time to do laundry. Nobody likes doing it, and if they say they do, they’re lying! But you can’t expect your parents to do your laundry every time you visit. So learn how to use the washing machine and dryer quick to save yourself from a disastrous laundry pile up.

2. Passive aggressively fighting with your roommate

There’s no doubt about it, living with a stranger is tough. At some point you’re going to get annoyed at some of their gross habits and they’re going to dislike something about you. Try your best to be direct and honest with your roomie right away to avoid awkward passive- aggressive fighting. Although stacking all of your roommate’s dirty dishes on their bed tends to be an effective way to get them to actually do their dishes!

3. Eating at the cafeteria

Sure, all-you-can-eat meals morning noon and night seems like a great idea – at first. But no one escapes the dreaded “freshman 15.” You’ll have to learn how to navigate the cafeteria to stay healthy and happy throughout the school year. And remember, never throw dishes, glassware, or cutlery in a food fight!

4. Working a part-time job

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a sweet job on campus. I worked for three years at one of the cafeterias on campus. Be prepared to do some less than glamorous things like cleaning dishes, mopping floors, and restocking toiletpaper. It’s all great experience and you’ll be able to look back and laugh at it some day!

5. buying books

It never ceases to amaze me how expensive textbooks are. And there’s no worse feeling than seeing your professor require you to buy the twelfth edition of a book just because they made a change in one paragraph in chapter 4. Don’t forget that renting is an option. You can save a decent amount of cash on books by doing your research!

6. Staying on top of reading

Now that you’ve spent the equivalent of a house payment on books, you have to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. That means you have to actually read those books! Try to set up a consistent reading schedule to stay on top of assignments. Otherwise you’re going to end up needing to read 20 chapters of a textbook in a single night.

7. Attending college parties

I hate to break it to you: your first college party probably isn’t going to be anything like you’ve seen in the movies. No matter how it turns out, always remember to drink plenty of water, look out for your friends, and make sure you know what to do in the event someone you know overindulges. Party responsibly, and you’ll always have a good time!

8. Working on group projects

To be honest, I think group projects are the worst. There’s always one person who tries to take over and force everyone to do everything their way. Then there’s the other kind of person who mysteriously disappears and only shows up when it’s time to put their name on the finished product. Either way, you’re going to have to make the best of working on a group project.

9. Surviving finals week

It will feel like there is not enough coffee in the world for finals week. No matter what happens, remember you’ll survive the ordeal. To help you get through it the best advice is to get plenty of rest, eat healthy snacks, drink lots of water and exercise.

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