Advice From Freshmen for Freshman on Being Freshmen
With move-in day around the corner upperclassmen can hardly contain their excitement. Not for the first party weekend of the year, or the first few days of classes but for the hustling and bustling of well informed, over-prepared 1st years. That’s right, as an upperclassmen I enjoy this time of year specifically because I learn so much about my school, its reputation, and the dos and do nots of campus living. Freshmen offer facts that the rest of us (the blatantly ignorant upperclassmen) would definitely benefit from knowing. The pure kindness in my heart has led me to compile this list for you of advice and information from freshmen that has been posted on all of the 2016 ‘Cac schools’ Facebook groups. Knowledge is Power!
Fact #1: F*ck Reading, Get Dollar$$$
Little did we know that instead of worrying about stupid common readings, midterms, and essays we should really be talking to our classmates about our finances. “What kind of credit card you are using?” “Does your bank charge an annual fee?” “What can you get with your 10,000 ThankYou points?” I’ve wasted three years working my ass off when I should have been figuring out how to get an extra $50 bucks with a new bank account! Facebook is definitely the best place to share this sort of information. To be honest, I’m not even sure why we have a financial aid office. Thank you. (Also, Caps Lock is always appropriate.)
Fact #2: Don’t trust Apple Geniuses– Trust 1st Year geniuses
Apparently classic ‘Cac student summer jobs such as lifeguarding or working at a J. Crew outlet are a thing of the past. Now it seems that students, employed by Apple or not, are spreading the holy word of Steve Jobs in their spare time. It disgusts me that people even still talk about PCs on college Facebook groups, so to know that these 1st years are less concerned with Dell or Toshiba and more concerned with Apple or Apple is extremely comforting. Lesson for upperclassmen– Get with the times! You all need to get out there, talk to the freshmen nearest to you and figure out which Apple product will best suit your academic needs… Don’t forget to thank them with “a thousand likes.”
Fact #3: Everyone loves where they live and who they live with
Thinking back to my freshmen year, I did genuinely enjoy where I lived… for the first few weeks. It wasn’t until I woke up on a Monday morning to vomit outside of my door and what appeared to be the droppings of a raccoon that I realized I disliked my dorm very much (and the hot mess of a person that defiled my hallway). I’m learning now that my situation was extremely rare. According to these freshmen all roommates and neighbors love each other and their extremely clean and pleasant dorms even before meeting each other in real life or living on campus! Added bonus fact from Code Name Blue: Spelling your dorm’s name wrong makes you look like a total B.A.
Fact #4: You can only eat microwaveable ramen
As the each year progresses I feel less and less inclined to eat at the dining halls. Whether it is because I don’t want to walk through 8 feet of snow for a PB&J or I’m too hungover to find my pants I’ve made the journey out of pure desperation. But, after finding this gem I think this will be the year that I buy a microwave and cozy up in my room with something called “Easy Mac” instead of using my stupid unlimited meal plan for every single meal I eat. Also, I’m glad someone finally disproved that old wives tale of “microwaves emitting harmful radiation” so I can put my new microwave right next to my pillow for easy access. ^This guy should’ve been on Myth Busters #mythbusted
Fact #5: Mailing addresses are not supposed to be hand drawn picture
Finally I understand why I haven’t been receiving any mail at school. I’ve been telling family and friends to draw a picture of my school’s mascot on the envelope, drop it in the mailbox and hope for the best. I guess I should have known that my school mailing address would be very similar to my home mailing address, with the exception of it being my school mailing address and not my home mailing address. And to think of all of those Amazon purchases that were never delivered because I wasn’t privy to this information.
I sincerely hope this helped. Make sure you are kind to the first years because if they were able to inform us of this much, imagine what kind of knowledge they’ll have when they actually step foot on the campus!