My Freshman Firsts: Part 1

October 26, 2012 in Advice by admin


Those of you who are current freshman or have been freshman in the past can safely say that the first year of college is quite the departure from the years of school leading up to it. I’ll be totally honest, the first weeks of school were actually pretty overwhelming because I was having a hard time getting used to all of this newfound freedom and responsibility.

Freshman year is a year full of firsts and even though I’m only about a quarter of the way into it, I’ve already encountered quite a bit! I plan on doing a series of these firsts as they happen to me so let me share some of them with you now:


My friend Chloe and me clearly working very hard on our projects during the all-nighter

Probably something a lot of freshman (especially art/architecture majors) have done already. I had my first all-night work session about a month ago when I was frantically trying to finish a painting project for my Foundations of Design class that was due the next morning.

There was a big group of us students all trying to finish the project that we had been putting off for way too long due to our highly developed ability to procrastinate. When I was finally done, it was 6:00 in the morning. The sun was starting to rise and I realized that I didn’t have enough time to get a decent amount of sleep…so I went to Waffle House instead.

Even though I did have quite a lot of fun hanging out with fellow stressed out and exhausted Foundations students, I don’t recommend it. Sleep deprivation is a pretty serious thing and let me tell you, I was NOT a happy camper the following day. I was cranky, exhausted, and I wanted nothing more than to sleep the rest of the school year in my bunk bed back in my dorm.



It’s not something that I’m proud of…but I did it. If you haven’t done this yet, I congratulate you on your maturity and responsibility. Future freshman, let me make this really clear: I do NOT condone skipping class whatsoever.

I skipped my first class within the first month of school because I was suffering from a terrible migraine and I could barely function. I noticed after I skipped my first class, I wanted to do it again and it scared me a little. I don’t want to be some sort of hookie-playing deviant who throws caution to the wind and is always absent from class. I’m way too stressed about my classes to begin with and I couldn’t handle the added stress of missing out.

And to be honest, I don’t think I can pull it off. I would say I’m more like a Cameron than a Ferris (reference from the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by the way, one of my favorites).



I celebrated my freedom by watching Braveheart. I figured it was appropriate

I actually had my first class-free day the second week of school and it was utterly amazing. Not only did I sleep in until noon, I also was able to watch a movie on Netflix (Braveheart, which was a great great movie), AND I actually finished all of my homework before the weekend.

Granted it was only the second week of school and my workload wasn’t that steep to begin with, but I still was able to enjoy my weekend homework-free.

Class-free days are rare if you have a busy schedule, like me and I recommend enjoying them whenever they come around. But don’t enjoy them too much to the point of not actually getting anything productive done; take advantage of your extra time and try to get something accomplished like homework or that giant pile of laundry that’s been getting higher and higher.



I plan to write about more firsts as they happen to me this year so stay tuned (not sure if I’ll have this many movie references but I guess that’s something you’ll have to look for next time)!

Everybody enjoy your weekend!