What To Expect From Frosh Week

So you’re about to embark on your postsecondary adventure. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer shopping for your dorm room, preparing for classes, and saying goodbye to all of your besties. After what has felt like ages, you’re finally a freshman in university! Your parents are waving to you from the sidewalk (maybe even shedding a few tears) as you walk into your residence building nervous as hell and carrying way too many bags. Then out of nowhere, a crazed upper year covered in body paint screams their greetings at you. This is where it all begins kids. Welcome to frosh week. Frosh week tends to be a hurricane of never-ending events, tonnes of spirit, and typically, way too much booze, which is where I come in. Here is what to expect from Frosh week and everything that you really, really need to know.

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1. You Will Not Get Sufficient Sleep

You won’t. It’s that simple. Everyday you’ll be woken up by your sophs and RA’s to get up and get yourself to some event. You will most likely be up late every night being a social butterfly! Frosh week is not made for the weak, and by the end of the week (or sooner) be prepared to drink way to much caffeine and/ or alcohol, lose your voice from cheering too much, have terrible hangovers, bruises and cuts you can’t remember getting! Frosh week is like natural selection for your liver/ body/ everything; only the strong will survive.

2. It’s a “dry” week, except it isn’t.

Regardless of what your residence advisors say or your university advertises, there is no way in hell that any university’s frosh week will be completely dry. It just won’t happen. Depending on your school or residence, the level of partying during frosh week may vary, but it will most likely always happen! You may also feel the pressure/ need to get totally smashed every night because hey, it’s frosh week right? Just because it’s frosh week doesn’t mean you should be blacked out in the bathroom overnight or vomiting into your roommate’s garbage can. Take it from someone who knows, sometimes taking it easy is best, take it at your own pace and enjoy! You’ll only do it once!

3. It will be the best week of your life, or not!

If I had a dollar for every time one of my senior friends told me that frosh week was going to be the best week of my entire life, I would probably be able to pay off my first semester tuition. Let me stress one thing to you all, which I think is so important, there is a very good chance that frosh week will not be the best week of your life. Will it be exciting? Yes. Fun as hell? Of course. An amazing opportunity to meet tons of new people? Definitely. But it will also be tiring, long, boring at times, stressful, and just downright emotionally draining at other times. There’s a lot of expectations for first years to instantly make tons of friends and have an amazing time at university, but a lot of the time you will feel overwhelmed and you will miss home immensely, and that’s ok. No one ever tells you that it’s okay to find frosh week overwhelming, but it really is a whirlwind of activities and emotions!

4. Syllabus classes are actually useful and a waste of time, but you should go anyways. Same goes for all orientation activities.

For those who don’t know, syllabus week is the first week of class in which you learn absolutely nothing but are expected to go anyways. Sometimes it falls during frosh week, sometimes it is the week after. Either way, despite how useless it may sound, syllabus week is important for a few reasons. First, it allows you to scope out where all of your classes will be. Second, you’ll get to check out your classmates and professors, and maybe even make an early start to some great friendships. Third, you’ll often find out when your first assignment is due and what books you’ll actually need. 10/10 recommend!

5. You and your roommate might not become instant best friends.

Finally, and this for me is the real takeaway from this post, don’t expect you and your roommate to have a Step Brothers-esque friendship moment, because the odds that you and a complete stranger will find a ton in common is not very likely. That’s not to say it won’t happen, or that you and your roommate won’t grow closer as the year progresses, just don’t be afraid to branch out early on if you realize that you and your roomie aren’t about to braid each others’ hair and stay up telling secrets all night.

Remember guys, frosh week is what you make of it. So try to make it one to remember (or at least some of it).

XOXO, Ana.

How to Pick the Perfect College

For many high school seniors, this is the most stressful time of year as prom, graduation, and college decisions are all upon you at once. The spring season is usually when the final round of university acceptances go out, and with those acceptances comes the decision of which one to accept and which ones to decline. Choosing where you go to college is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a young adult (no pressure), so with that, here are some things you should consider when picking the best college for you. 


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Campus Size

Schools tend to vary from small and cozy to a small village, and now is the time to decide which is for you. Small campuses are great because they make getting from class to class quick and easy, and there’s sure to be a friendly face around every corner. On the other hand, large campuses are great because there’s always something to explore and someone new to meet. Coming from a small town high school, the idea of being at a big school and lots of people excited me, and I love it!

Location

Where your campus is located is also very important. Is it in a small town, that’s relatively safe and easy to get around, but also quiet and less exciting? Or is it in a big city, filled with wonder, endless possibilities, and entertainment galore? Since you probably won’t be living directly on campus all four years of college, where your university is, is crucial! Make sure you do some research about the town or city the campus you’re interested in is located! Even pay a visit if possible to see if it is somewhere you could see yourself living for 4 or more years. 

Program Quality

Although college is a fun, social place filled with self-growth and new experiences, it is primarily a place to learn and acquire an education. Do your research, and ask around to learn which school offers the strongest, most recognized program in your particular major. Professors, class and program sizes, curriculum, reputation, and networking opportunities are all things to keep in mind when looking at college programs.

Greek Life and Extracurriculars

Did you play varsity sports in high school and are looking for a strong college team to try out for? Were you the star of every school play and want a school with a rich theatre program? Do you want to help make a change being involved in charity work? Is joining a sorority something you’d love to do? Sports team, extracurricular clubs, and greek life presence are all important parts of the post secondary experience. These days, good grades are often not enough to get into competitive graduate programs or even land some jobs. Competitive programs and employers look for other interests you have to show them you’re a well rounded individual that works well with others. What you do outside of the classroom is beginning to matter more and more, so take note of what your college prospectives offer in terms of extracurricular involvement.

Social Scene

Like I said before, although school is primarily a place to learn, it really is also a place to have fun and meet new people in a brand new environment. That’s why the social scene at your choice school is almost as important as the school itself. Post secondary takes up four years (or more) of your life, and they’re supposed to be some of your best, wildest, craziest years yet. If you like the social scene, look for a school that works hard and plays harder. If partying isn’t your thing, look for a school that focuses more on academics and extracurriculars than the social scene.

First Impressions

While campus size, location, program quality, extracurriculars, and the social scene are things you can find out from the internet, guidance councillors, and peers, you’ll never really know if a school is really right for you until you actually see it for yourself. After visiting a number of different schools near me, I knew almost instantly that the university I now attend was the one for me. Pay a visit, go to an open house, or even watch a virtual tour. Seeing the campus, the kinds of students, and the general atmosphere of the college tends to be the final decision maker! 

All of this considered, try not to stress out too much about college decisions. Trust your instincts, and remember that just because you chose a school, doesn’t mean your stuck with it for life. Don’t be afraid to switch your decision before the cut off date, or even transfer schools once you’re actually enrolled. Life is a learning experience involving change!

Good luck selecting the right fit for you! Xoxo, Ana.

Tips for Dorm Move-Out Day

It’s that time of year! Yes, it’s  college move-out time. I officially moved out of my dorm room yesterday, and through moving out for the first time, I learned quite a few valuable tips I’m going to share with you here!

Tips for Dorm Move-Out Day

1.Make a packing schedule. The week before your move-out date, start by making a list of the major categories your belongings fall under, such as clothes, toiletries, school supplies, accessories and so on, and decide for how long you’ll need each category or specific item in that category for. Then, decide which items you’ll pack up each day and cross off as you go. Organization is the key to not getting overwhelmed.

2. Clean your room. It’s hard to pack anything if everything is out of place. By having your room neat and tidy, packing becomes less stressful and the risk of forgetting something becomes much less.

3. Pack a box each day. Now that you have your packing schedule, use it! Try to pack a box or bag each day the week before move out. You’ll be surprised with how much stuff you actually have and how long it takes to pack it all away efficiently. Plus, gradually packing away your room helps you get used to the idea that you’re moving out!

4. Get rid of the things you won’t need anymore. Go through your closet and get rid of any old clothes you probably won’t wear again and sell or donate them. Get rid of old papers, empty makeup or bottles, and seasonal decorations. The less you have to pack, the better.

5. If the lease for your apartment or house for next year starts near your move-out date, store some of the things you don’t need for the summer, but do need for next year, there. Items like your printer, mini-fridge, or coffee machine are things that you probably have at home, so bringing them back home if you don’t need to is just extra work.

6. Try to sell or donate your books before move-out. Since you probably won’t need those textbooks again, see if you can sell them back to your campus bookstore or to another student, or simply just donate them to charity. A lot of schools have programs where you can easily drop off old books to be donated to the less fortunate. Do a good deed or make some money, and avoid carrying heavy, old books you most likely won’t need again!

7. Check every nook and cranny of your dorm once you’re all packed. Inspect your room just before leaving. Under the bed, in every drawer, or behind your desk are all places where things tend to get left behind. 

8. Say goodbye. The day before you move out, send all of your friends a mass text/ Snapchat, reminding them you’re moving out and invite them to come say goodbye. Take farewell pictures with all of your friends and the place you’ve called home for the past 8 months. Tag down anyone you didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to, and remind everyone to stay in touch throughout the summer.

9. Take it all in. You officially finished your first year of university. You’ve gone through the ups and downs of coping with a whole new, difficult, exciting environment, and are stronger for it. Give yourself the credit you deserve!

Happy move-out day everyone! Xoxo, Ana.