41 Lessons I Learned From Freshman Year

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     Ahh Freshman year. So many memories, good and bad, but an overall great experience. New friends, hobbies and big changes come about in this blossoming of a man or woman’s life. I came in looking to learn, and learn I did. Here are just a few of those lessons learned over the year that was, freshman.
1. Just because you were someone in high school, doesn’t mean you are the same person in college. See where you fit in, and embrace it.
2. People generally enjoy being a part of something. Give them an excuse to be a part of your something.
3. The habits you make in college become your life habits. Don’t make the wrong ones.
4. Save your laundry for next week. It’s cheaper, duh. (On a side note: 2 weeks max.)
5. Don’t bring so much stuff. Remember, you’re gonna have to bring it home at the end of the year. And it grows, oh it grows.
6. The administration is out to get us. No seriously, they are blood drinking zombies ready to slay us when given the chance. Avoid, if at all possible.
7. Seniors are awesome. That is all.
8. Eating Paleo in college is EASY. There are plenty of excuses you can make, but if you generally stick to the basics, its a breeze.
9. Always where flops in the shower. No excuses.
10. Make sure to let your roommate(s) know if you’re pissed.
11. Make outlines for your papers.
12. Use all the resources you have: writing centers, office hours, department tutors, etc. Even if you don’t think you need it, chances are, it can help your grade and you’ll probably meet some cool upperclassman.
13. Don’t “borrow” the schools furniture, it’ll come back to bite you.
14. Being an R.A. is a really good deal.
15. Start a Blog/ Personal Website.
16. Follow these people on twitter: @mercola, @College_Fit, @stevekamb, @robbwolf, @sowrongfitness.
17. Don’t count people out, this isn’t high school. Be as inclusive as possible, you never know when you will need those people.
18. Build an Awesome Resume.
19. Apply for Jobs/Internships as early as possible or you will get screwed.
20. Set yourself reminders on your phone to do small things like “go outside” or ” meditate” or even “go exercise”.
21. Be nice to your professors and put on a happy face. It just might save you a grade.
22. Get to know your professors, especially if you are in a giant lecture class. It’s worth it.
23. Michael Jordan.
24. Have fun, let loose, this is college, not real life yet.
25. Be professional. I know it contradicts #24, but don’t look like a slob, even when you’re having fun :).
26. Sleep is a great thing. Make sure you get it.
27. Meet as many people as you can, but keep a close group of a few friends.
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28. Your school probably has some really cool trips set up. Find them, and go on them. Bring a friend if you have to, but these trips are a ton of fun, and usually free. Here is a picture of me on a school trip to a really cool high ropes course:
29. Class does not have to be your only form of education. Buy some books kiddo’s!
30. Facebook fasts rock, especially when you have a lot to do. Give them a shot, and maybe think about deleting your profile.
31. Know the difference between enjoying a casual drink and alcoholism. If you don’t know the differences, just check this out.
32. Call your parents at least once a week. Even if it’s just to say hi. They will greatly appreciate it.
33. Find your school’s club listing and search through it to find the ones you are interested in, then go to a meeting. This is essential.
34. Find a mentor or two. You don’t necessarily have to know this person, but find someone who you think lives their life well, and try to do some of the things he/she does.
35. If you have an entrepreneurial idea that you think has some potential, go out and do it. College is the perfect time to start your entrepreneurial endeavors.
36. Befriend the dining staff if you want better food.
37. Work on campus, especially if the job involves sitting around and doing your homework. Otherwise, look for a job that relates to what you are studying or plan on doing.
38. Build a community of workout buddies. They will keep you motivated to push you towards your goals, and provide entertainment while you exercise.
39. Life is too short to do stuff you dislike.
40. Look into people’s eyes when they talk to you, and really listen to what they are saying. Also, say their name twice in your head as soon as you learn it.
41.” If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself.”-American Proverb
And that’s the list. It should solve all your life problems, and answer all your questions. If you, for some reason, still  have questions, Leave a comment below.

About The Author

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Max is a passionate pursuer of integrative health. He has been drafted by a professional baseball team, worked in publishing scientific laboratories and spoken to groups of students on health and well-being. He is currently a biology major and philosophy minor at Denison University. Max spends his time reading, weightlifting, traveling and learning. Email Max at mungar810@gmail.com.

3 Responses

  1. Duncan Moran
    Duncan Moran May 14, 2013 at 10:27 am | | Reply

    Classic. Its Michael though.. If Joe saw this…

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    GiGi Eats Celebrities May 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm | | Reply

    You forgot to mention to FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER – Ah ha ha!

    AND I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY AGREE WITH #36!!!!!!! When I was a Freshman in College, I was BFF with the cafeteria staff and chefs! The chefs went OUT OF THEIR WAYS to make me separate HEALTHY meals compared to the CRAP that was being served! They would tell me, GiGi just go right up stairs, we will bring it to you – It was like I was going out to dinner at every meal (uh wait, that would mean I was going out to breakfast & lunch too lol).

    I actually DONT agree with # 3 though. My brother was a HUGE DRUNK in college, but he has now calmed down and only drinks once in awhile to be social. You can change your habits if you truly set your mind to it.

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