Life as a College Student: My First Week

Life as a College Student: My First Week

I’m officially a college student.

I started college a couple weeks ago!! I can’t even begin to tell you how nervous (and excited, but like REALLLY nervous) I was to start this next chapter of my life. So to any future college freshman out there, I wanted to walk you through my thoughts going into college, and also my first week.

My Thoughts Before School Started

Things I’m kinda nervous about…

  1. I’m nervous I’m not going to fit in and meeting new people will be hard.
  2. I’m scared that past demons will come back to haunt me as some people from my high school will be on the same campus as me.
  3. I’m worried I will struggle to keep up with course work because I’m taking 17 credit hours this semester.
  4. I’m nervous I’m going to be overwhelmed by the new experience of college as a whole, like being on campus and balancing everything.
  5. I’m worried about the drive to school everyday since I’m commuting and there is TONS of construction happening right now.

Things I’m kinda hype about…

  1. I’m so excited to join new clubs and organizations and meet new people who have the same interests and passions as I do and to get more involved.
  2. I’m so ready to take classes I actually care about, minus my ONE math class I have to take, but otherwise I’m excited to finally be more interest focused.
  3. I’m excited to be more independent, even though I’ll still be at home, I’m ready to have new experiences and try new things out in the real world for myself.

My Top 3 Back to School Goals

  1. BREATHE. It’s all going to be okay, just take it one day at a time.
  2. Write, write, WRITE, and don’t ever stop writing. It’s important to you, it’s your escape from stress, and using your creativity as a stress-reliever and healthy distraction is how you’re going to survive college.
  3. Get your shit together and keep it together, no matter how long it takes to get there.

My First Week

DAY ONE

My first day as a commuting college student started off with a smoking vehicle. I had never seen my car smoke before, but we were fairly certain there was a small oil leak somewhere. Luckily I only live about 30 minutes away from campus so my parents were able to come get my car and get it to the shop. This also meant that my mother would return to campus and pick me up from my first day of college. I felt kind of like I was back in high school all over again.

Also did I mention the massive amounts of rain??? There was a full on torrential downpour on my first day of school and I happened to have to walk the farthest distance to my classes on the first day. After parking my car and heading to the campus center to meet a friend, I was soaked. Needless to say I was unprepared for the weather and promptly took my waterlogged self to Target that evening to better prepare myself for future rainy days.

DAY TWO

Day two I felt more prepared for the weather, but luckily I didn’t need it! Also I met an amazing girl at my orientation that lives in my city and we have the same classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I didn’t have to worry about my car because we decided to be carpool buddies.

It was my first day in my learning community and so I got to spend the whole day with a huge group of amazing people. I feel like by the end of the semester we are going to feel like a family, and I’m actually pretty excited about that.

DAY THREE

I was finally reunited with my car and I never thought I would be so excited but as a car-less college student I was spooked. She’s no longer smoking and all the leaks have been fixed so she’s safe for me to drive to school (at least for now, pls hang in there Luna).

My Mondays and Wednesdays are going to be a lot shorter now because I realized I needed to drop one of my classes because I didn’t have the necessary prerequisite. My first adviser from when I was a Communications major thought one of my classes from high school would count, but it turns out it does not. So I’m taking the prereq’ next semester and will take the class I was really excited about next year. It’s all okay because I was stressing about my 17 credit hours anyway so now I’m down to 14, which seems a lot more manageable for me, at least for my first semester of college.

DAY FOUR

For the last day of my first week of college, my new LC squad and I decided to head down to the ice cream social. It’s amazing to me how I had lunch with one person on the first day of school, but by the end of the week I was having lunch with four new people. Little did I know by the end of my second week I’d be up to six new friends. My new college family is growing fast and I’m so excited about it.

I’m finally feeling more confident about school and I’m very excited for what the rest of this semester holds! Stay tuned for more creative content and college stories. I think I’m finally ready to commit to creativity again.

Thanks for sticking with me through thick and thin.


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High School Survival Guide: The Essentials

High School Survival Guide: The Essentials

Hey there!

. . . From someone who actually made it through three full years of high school and lived to tell the tale!

Today as part of this little mini back to school series I’ve been working on the past few weeks, I thought a would share a few things that I personally feel like you need to consider having with you while you’re at high school.

Some are silly and others are more serious, but I promise you they’re all important!

My Must Haves:

Coffee — I never knew sleep deprivation was a real thing for high schoolers until after pulling a couple late nighters to finish psychology projects last year. Guys, it’s real. I needed the caffeine in the mornings otherwise I’d fall asleep in math every day I didn’t have it, but also if you just like coffee it’s a bonus. I like to drink coffee casually for enjoyment but during the school year, I drink it almost religiously for survival.

Headphones — In case you don’t have friends around to walk with to your next class, or if you’re in a mood and need to listen to your favorite songs to cheer you up, they’re super important. They are also good for giving someone a *subtle* hint not to talk to you, which seems super mean, but it is actually considered a socially acceptable form of deterrence, so no worries I promise it’s not that awkward. Also, they come in handy if you need to watch videos in class for homework but don’t want to be annoying to the rest of the room (Don’t be that person!).

Comfortable Backpack — Not even overreacting. You may have to carry textbooks (If your school still has legit textbooks), notebooks, folder packed full of notes, pencil pouch, your lunch, water, and who knows what else, so you’re going to want a bag that doesn’t give you back pain.

In my school at least, hardly anyone uses their lockers. Yours could be too far away, maybe you don’t have enough time between classes, or in some cases, it might even be too small, so just make sure you’ve got a bag that will hold it all so you don’t regret the decision of choosing no tardies over using your locker.

Some Kind of Planner — I can not stress enough how important it is to have somewhere to keep everything organized. There are a lot of great online options, you could even use the Notes app on your phone for homework assignments and iCalendar for tests, or you could use a cool app like Trello, but I seriously recommend a paper planner. It’s all right there in front of you and it’s super easy to flip ahead a few pages to see what’s coming.

You need to do the homework (It’s actually the majority of your grade in most classes and can be super helpful when preparing for tests, just saying)  and stay on top of your stuff so you don’t fall behind, seriously, it’s not fun to try and play catch up. I should know, I’m practically the Conductor of Procrastination Station, but if you’re motivated, you’ll find a way to get it done.

Three or Five Subject Notebook — Some people prefer having a separate notebook for each class and believe me, I feel ya, I was that person once, but after breaking enough spiral notebooks by them getting tangled up in my backpack, I decided that one notebook that holds all my notes for three classes was better.

Also back to the backpack > locker thing, it really doesn’t weigh that much more so you don’t have to worry about not having your notes if you grab the wrong notebook, because they’re all together (Which could also be bad if you forget the whole thing, but hey, let’s be optimistic here!). I can imagine this kind of notebook might be even more helpful in college, but I feel it works pretty well for high school.

Pads or Tampons — For my high school ladies, we can’t skip over perhaps one of the most important things to make sure you have in your backpack at all times, your pads and tampons. Because let’s be honest, “That Time of the Month” can come and go whenever it pleases, so it’s always good to be prepared. Also, it never hurts to carry a few extras in the off chance you can help a sister out because those little vending machine tampons and pads at school are not ideal.

Travel Sized Deodorant — This may absolutely just be a “me” thing, but some mornings I’m in such a rush I forget to put on deodorant. How someone forgets such a crucial personal hygiene step such as deodorant in the morning, the world may never know, but I like to have a small one in my bag just in case because I know myself all too well.

Those are all my essentials (Wrote more than expected, whoops! I wanted to be specific to help y’all out!)

I’d love to hear your #1 essential for school in the comments below! I hope you have an amazing school year!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Back to School – What’s In My Backpack

Back to School – What’s In My Backpack

Hello! I go back to school tomorrow! How crazy is that? Summer has gone by so quickly I can’t even begin to fathom how it’s already August. Anyways, I decided today to share with you some things I have bought for back to school because I think they’re cute/cool. I will make sure I tell you where I got things. So let’s begin!

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What is Different Going into this School Year – Junior Year

What is Different Going into this School Year – Junior Year

I was thinking about back to school. I go back on Wednesday, and it still hasn’t really hit me that it’s happening so soon. I started thinking about the number of things that are different going into this year. Lots has happened to me between now and the summer before Sophomore year. Today I’m going to make a list and lay it all out for you. Continue reading “What is Different Going into this School Year – Junior Year”