Every new school year presents exciting changes. People get older, some get hotter from aggressively working out over the summer and those who used to be at the top of the totem pole are suddenly thrown back to the bottom.
While many aspects of each year are unknown, the one universal truth is that freshman year is hard even for the Regina Georges of the world. However, there exists a certain number of rules. Some are written, some unwritten, some even scrawled in Sharpie on the bathroom wall —but are all important.
Get off campus.
Most of the time new students feel bound to the campus and around November they start their audition tape to be in the remake of "The Shawshank Redemption."
One of the most fun things to do on a weekend is to grab breakfast with your friends downtown and then spend the day exploring Spokane.
Remember that you are not under house arrest and one of the most important parts of the college experience is getting to know all the cool spots in town to hang out in for a few hours.
Don’t let your internet stalking show.
Internet stalking other people is a completely healthy and necessary part of life, at least that’s what I tell myself. However, when you first meet your new roommates, act like a normal human being and not the antagonist of a Lifetime Original Movie.
We all know you dug so deep into their online profiles that you even found an aerial shot of their parents’ house on Google Earth. Meeting the roommate is like going on a Tinder date that you can’t block if it goes south. Every roommate is different. Some are great, and some are just … meh.
When you first meet them be open, even if they seem boring because a boring roommate is always better than an aggressively active one. The worst that could happen is that they are mildly annoying, or that they own a collection of human-sized stuffed animals. If it turns out to be the latter, then you should probably get out of there before you suffocate in the plush surroundings.
If it’s not your jam, change the station.
One thing I wish I knew going into freshman year is that you are really in control of everything. If you don’t like a class or your major, you can and should change it. It’s quite possibly the easiest thing to do and makes you feel better immediately.
I once dropped a class the day of the test because chemistry wasn’t sparking joy within me. I also came in as a chemistry major and it immediately calmed the panicked liberal arts student within me.
You should never feel like you hate what you’re studying, unless it’s required to graduate then sorry, but you just get to hate that along with the rest of us.
Don’t worry so much.
Personally, I love to worry about every potential reality that could come true from making a simple decision.
This is unhealthy.
I think the urge to constantly worry about doing the right thing is heightened when you are a college freshman. You always think you are doing something wrong — that everyone saw you trip and fall down a flight of stairs. The only way to stop this constant state of anxiety is to use it to your advantage.
No one will really remember if you didn’t look your best one day or if you spilled coffee all over you in the middle of campus. Everyone is too busy worrying about their own self-image to really keep up with the dumb things you do accidentally.
However, this doesn’t mean you should do something actually dumb like streaking because people can and will record that and remember it for the rest of your life. Everyone is self-centered and self-conscious.
The perfect freshman year doesn’t exist and if it did, that’s would be a little weird.
Freshman year is all about figuring your new life out and making mistakes we wish we could forget. Hopefully, you’ll find your ride-or-die squad of friends and have a lot of fun, because that’s what you should be doing.
Also, do your homework. Seriously.