Freshmen Friday: Your Year in a Nutshell
“A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go...”
I bet you sung it in your head didn’t you? I did while I typing up this blog. I never realized how well that song fit with the idea of college! College is very much a whole new world. You’re entering a new environment where you have endless choices and are free to do whatever you like. You’ll meet so many new people and have so many new experiences! If you had told me before I came to Tech that I would get to drive a tractor and actually like to listen to country songs, I would have laughed in your face. But here I am, listening to somebody else besides Blake Shelton. During my freshman year, I also went to my first baseball game, got my passport, went grocery shopping by myself, and learned how to pay my own phone and credit card bills. You basically become an adult except you have no idea what you’re doing...but hey, everyone has to start somewhere right? I’m here today to give you the gist of your first year at Tech and provide you with some advice on how to “adult” better!
One of the first things I struggled with after moving in was not being able to drive. I was told by several older students that having a car wasn’t really necessary since we’d be living on campus and still be able ride a bus, bike, Uber, etc,. But for me, it was still really inconvenient when I couldn’t go volunteering, grocery shopping, or even visit home when I wanted to. So if you’re planning to stay busy and you’re wondering whether bringing your car is worth the drive and money, keep my words in mind! Or if you’re in a situation where you don’t have car, you can always ask your friend or roommate for a ride! During my freshman year, a lot of fun memories were made when we carpooled with each other to go get something to eat or run errands!
Another thing I want to bring into attention is your health. While you’re caught up in all the college excitement, events, and exams, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Eat, exercise, sleep! You probably already know this already, but it’s easier said than done. At some point, you’ll probably get tired of the greasy dorm/restaurant food. When you go grocery shopping, buy frozen fruit, oatmeal, and small bags of vegetables, like baby carrots, so you’ll have healthy snacks to eat! The freshman 15 is not real unless you make it happen! Also, remember the gym is free and doesn’t close until midnight! Go with your friends to the gym! I was more motivated to exercise whenever someone came with me, even if we didn’t work out in the same area. Another big health thing is college is getting sick. Let’s face it. Dorms are a breeding ground of germs. At some point, you going to feel fatigue, get a sore throat, and then get a fever. When that happens, just make sure to have some cold/flu medicine and pedialyte on hand. If it’s really bad, go make an appointment with the university clinic. There’s also the UMC (University Medical Center) right across the street in case of emergencies!
In college, you’re going to feel a variety of emotions: happiness, nervousness, stress, loneliness, and everything in between. However, remember you’re not the only one. Some of my favorite memories of freshman year were just hanging around with the other Terrys and having these close moments with each other where we talked, cried, and laughed for hours about our lives and how it’s been so different living here at Tech. You’ll be here for the next four years so make the best of it! Be excited! You’re going to meet some really amazing people here and they’re all excited to meet you!