At the beginning of this past Autumn semester, I made a blog post that listed my goals and resolutions. Now, that the semester is over, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit those goals and see what I accomplished. [Read more…]
I won’t lie, it is very difficult to eat well while on a college meal plan! After nearly three semesters, it’s something that I have yet to master. Over time, however, I have been able to come up with a few tricks to avoiding the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Obviously, exercising and practicing good living habits (such as getting enough sleep) are very important, but so is watching what you eat! Without farther adieu, here are some tips and tricks to eating healthy-ish while on a meal plan. [Read more…]
Before attending The Ohio State University, I had no idea of the pride and tradition that exists in college football. I didn’t exactly come from a family of Ohio State fans, so I was never a Buckeye myself. When I submitted my acceptance fee for OSU, I had no idea how much the school would change my life. I have been able to meet some incredible people along the way, and I have absolutely fallen in love with this school. When I hear of college football game attendance declining, I have no idea what they’re talking about. At Ohio State, the games are packed with people who genuinely love the school. Without farther adieu, here are the pictures from the game day this past weekend, against Rutgers!
It was also Homecoming weekend, which is always exciting! There is a parade to watch, and it’s really fun to see all of the alumni who come back to support their beloved alma mater.
The Ohio State Marching Band is known for their phenomenal half time shows! For the one of this past game check out: http://youtu.be/9UFW72NeTgg
Oh come, let’s sing Ohio’s praise, and songs to Alma Mater raise. While our hearts rebounding thrill, with joy which death alone can still. Summer’s heat or winter’s cold, the seasons pass the years will roll. Time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship… OHIO
Freshman year is definitely known as a major adjustment period. Being away from home for the first time can be exhilarating, but also terrifying. Here are a few bits of advice I wish someone had told me about a year ago. As with any other part of life, you get out of the experience what you put into it! So step out of your comfort zone and embrace these next four (or five) years, you aren’t going to get them back.
1. Join a club.
2. Introduce yourself to that cute boy in line next to you.
3. Pay attention to what you’re eating.
4. If he only texts you drunk, or at 3am, he doesn’t love you.
5. Stand your ground.
6. Grades are important, but they aren’t worth compromising your mental health.
7. Remember how permanent tattoos really are.
8. Call your parents.
9. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting.
10. You won’t be able to change or fix him. Stop trying.
11. Don’t hold on to your past.
12. Forgive yourself.
13. Take pictures of absolutely everything, but don’t feel the need to put your entire life in a Facebook photo album.
14. Put down your phone.
15. Count your blessings.
16. Hold your head high.
17. Leave your headphones at home.
19. Watch the news. Read the newspaper. Keep up with what’s going on in the world outside your bubble.
20. Use your time in college to learn as much as you possibly can.
21. Don’t forget for one minute how lucky you are.
22. Cut back on social media.
23. Accept that you might lose contact with some of your high school friends.
24. It’s okay to cry.
25. Alcohol is not an excuse. For anything.
26. Study. Study. STUDY.
27. The gym is good for your physical and mental health.
28. Put in every effort possible to get along with your roommate.
29. Befriend someone in each of your classes. Not only will you have someone to sit by, you’ll also have someone to ask for the notes when you don’t make it to class.
30. No night of fun is worth messing up the rest of your life. Make good decisions.
31. Surround yourself with the right kind of people.
32. Just stop talking to him. Trust me.
33. Learn your limits. For stress, alcohol, food. Everything.
34. Don’t try to survive on ramen and Easy Mac.
35. Dry shampoo is not the same as a shower.
36. It’s okay if you don’t know what you wanna do with the rest of your life.
37. If he has a girlfriend he isn’t available. Even if she’s 2000 miles away.
38. Enjoy every single day.
What I would like to accomplish this semester:
1. Attend at least 5 workout classes
2. Make Dean’s List
3. Attend office hours
4. Work out 3-4 times per week
5. Make a new friend in every class
6. Read a newspaper daily
7. Make a blogpost weekly
Go in with an open mind
I can’t stress this enough! Attitude is absolutely everything. It’s so easy to go creep with Facebook or whatever other forms of social media on your future roomie. It’s really important not to let anything you find to lead you to forming a negative opinion on your roommate before you even meet her.
Actually stay in your dorm
I’m talking about the weekends. Even if you live 20 minutes from campus you don’t want to be known as that girl who always goes home. By leaving your dorm every weekend you miss out on crucial bonding time with your new friends. The weekends are arguably the most enjoyable part of college, and missing out on that time will not help your college experience.
STORAGE STORAGE STORAGE
You have a lot of stuff. It’s super important to have a place for everything. Storage containers and drawer organizers help out so much by keeping all your things where they belong. Find a system of storage that works well with the size and type of your dorm room.
Only bring the things you need
Simple as that. Dorm rooms are small and your style probably won’t drastically change the moment you arrive on campus, so only bring the clothes you know you’ll wear. Same goes for jewelry, shoes, everything basically. Only bring the things you know you will use and need.
Yeah, it’s awkward being the timid freshman knocking on the doors of your new floor mates during welcome week. But trust me, it’s worth it. These people are going to be your neighbors for the next 8 months and getting to know them is key!
As always, good luck! There are always people around to help you with the transition adjusting to life in a dorm room. If you’re having trouble with anything, I’d recommend having a conversation with your RA 🙂
Congrats, you’ve made it! You are embarking on a journey that could very well be the best four years of your life.
Sounds scary and intimidating, right?! But don’t worry, I assure you; you will be just fine. One day your dorm room will feel like home, rather than an unfamiliar, dark room filled with all your new supplies. Let me tell you again… you will be absolutely fine. Your longing for home and familiarity will slowly dwindle and you will be left with a new sense of belonging and a group of good friends.
As with everything else in life, college is what you make of it. Gather up the courage and introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Invite them over to watch a movie or to go eat lunch together. You will be living next to these people for the next 8 months and it’s a great opportunity to build friendships. Find people you will grow to love and trust. Never settle. Not for boys or friends.
** On a completely unrelated note; ”hallcest” – dating within your own hall… Just don’t do it. Take my word on this one, friends.
Go to class. Whether it’s 8am or 7pm, your attendance is important. As much fun as you’re having, remember your classes always come first. The reason you’re in school is for your education. There will be far more Thursday night frat parties than Calc midterms, you aren’t missing out if you stay in a night to study.
You have four years to explore, grow, and build life-long friendships. I envy that you are at the start of this remarkable journey. A lot of people envy you. Whatever you do, don’t waste the opportunity in front of you. Join clubs, try new activities… branch as far out of your comfort zone as you possibly can.
These four years are for you. Not your parents, not your friends, not your high school teacher at home living vicariously through you. Don’t be pressured into your major. Pick something you love, something you know you will succeed in. It really isn’t worth spending your life miserable with a job you hate.
You can do this, my friend. I know you can. You know you can.
1// Don’t jump into a relationship
I’ve heard mixed opinions on this one. For some, maybe it works out. For myself, it definitely held me back. While I was busy spending all my time with the same boy, my friends were having fun and meeting new people at parties, clubs, and wherever else college students spend their weekends. The most important thing to remember is “college is about finding your bridesmaids, not your groom.”
2// GET INVOLVED
We all know our high school resumes are sugar-coated with sports and extra curricular activities to impress college admissions officers. High school counselors are constantly badgering students to be involved. When you arrive at college though, no one there is pushing you to join clubs or try a rec sport. It’s especially important to branch out in college, not only for something to talk about when you apply for jobs, but also to meet people! Start your freshman year.
3// People change
You and your high school bestie always planned to tear up the town together when you finally got to college. But you have to realize and remember that each person is going to be off doing their own thing. I am really lucky I was able to stay super close with my best friend throughout our freshman year. Remember that it’s okay if you go to different schools and suddenly you aren’t as close with the people you once talked to every single day, that’s what happens with time and distance.
4// You might not love your roommate
I originally had 3 roommates and I was really fortunate to have an instant connection with two of them. A lot of people however, aren’t lucky enough to become bffs with their new roomie. The most important thing to be able to live with them. You don’t have to become attached at the hip, as long as you respect each other everything should be alright!
5// It’s okay to be scared…
But it isn’t okay to let fear hold you back! I will never forget my first night of college. I was scared out of my mind and ended up miserable sitting alone in my dorm room. Two of my roommates had decided to go explore our new city while I was scared and decided to stay in. After that I hopped on every opportunity to explore and have fun, even if you’re afraid you shouldn’t let it keep you from trying new things.
6// Take classes seriously
I will admit there is a huge adjustment period that is your first semester of college. Don’t use the change and adjustment as an excuse to put your classes on the back burner. Remember the reason you’re at school is for academics and someone out there is forking out a huge sum of cash for your attendance.
7// College is fun
Try new things! Get out there and experience all it has to offer. I spent most of first semester cuddled up with my hall watching movies Friday and Saturday. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I spent more of the second semester going out and exploring the nightlife with my friends. My suggestion is to find a happy medium of going out and staying in on the weekends.
8// Remember where you came from
It is sooo exciting to be at school and away from home. But whether, you’re 5 minutes or 500 miles from your family, homesickness is okay! No matter how much you’re enjoying your newfound freedom, don’t forget to call home to mom & dad.
Change: Embrace it, accept it, love it; because it is going to be the definition of your freshman year.