The first week of school has come and gone so quickly. The other day someone asked me what year I am in college, and my own response surprised me- Junior??? When did I get so OLD???!!! I cannot begin to describe how crazy fast my undergraduate years have been flying by; kind of bittersweet if you ask me! With the arrival of the largest Freshman class in history to the Walsh campus, I find myself reflecting on the past two years. Believe it or not, I’ve learned a thing or two while here. Watching all of the newbies try and find their way the first week, I began to think of all the things that I wish I could tell them. Then it hit me, I have this wonderful blog… why not share my wisdom with the world??? So without further delay, I present you;
Top 4 Things That I Have Learned in College:
1. It’s okay to ask for directions if you’re lost; the upperclassmen won’t throw you in a trash can… yet. Totally kidding… we won’t throw you in a trash can. I will never forget my first day of class at Walsh; I was so completely lost it was embarrassing. The first person I saw was Marc Malleske, a then Sophomore and now good friend of mine. Clearly I was in panic mode and without thinking twice he asked me what I was looking for. It was so nice of him to help my scared Freshman self, and to this day I remember how good it felt to know that someone was looking out for us new students. Because of him, I try to pay it forward every now and then. To all of the lost Freshmen out there- I will gladly be your guiding light if you need me.
2. There are more opportunities to set off the fire alarm than one could ever imagine. Word to the wise; if you can’t make Easy Mac, you should probably learn before you get to campus. Myself, and pretty much any other upperclassmen can attest to the 2 a.m. fire alarms in the winter that Easy Mac DOES burn if you don’t put enough water in. And it will set off every alarm in the building. And it will take the fire department 20 minutes to respond because you might say they are rather used to these kinds of calls from us. We must not forget to mention curling irons left on towels in the bathroom, grease from grilling chicken on a George Foreman, burnt popcorn because you forgot the Walsh microwaves operate at hydro-speed, or a dehumidifier because your room affects your “asthma” (if I’m being honest, you should probably leave that at home. Your dorm mates will find you and hurt you after the third time. True story.) I have had enough experiences of running burnt popcorn bags to the window to tell you that this is one of the most important things to remember as a college student.
3. Caffeine is your friend, but not at 11 p.m. I’ve been there- procrastination got the best of you and now you have to pull a late night cram sesh for a test tomorrow. Your first thought? Down the largest can of energy drink known to man. Wrongggg. Though many of my flex dollars have been succumbed to the Bucket for a late night of studying in Lemmon Hall, I will be the first to tell you that Redbull works great the first four hours, but when you’re ready to get the three hours of sleep left before your gigantic exam it doesn’t know when to quit. You will then be suffering from a lack of sleep on top of your unpreparedness. Step away from the Redbull, and study a day earlier. You won’t fail from lack of sleep and you won’t have to put up with the massive crash after your 2 liter Redbull wears off.
4. Studying is good; too much of it may be harmful to your sanity. If there’s one piece of advice I will never forget, it came from my Resident Assistant Freshman year. A fellow science major, she was a veteran at late night Biology studying and could tell I was on my last will to live. (Not really, but it sure feels like it after staring at lab slides for 4 hours.) She told me that I needed to put down the books and live a little. Weekends are for relaxation, not cramming. You owe it to your brain to take some time off and chill out with your friends. It took me a long time to tell myself this, but I now know that it is necessary every now and then to step back and blow off some steam!
There you have it. My little tidbit of advice for all of you fresh faces here on campus. I have a lot more wisdom (ha, ha) to share, so if any of you ever need some guidance I’ll be more than happy to share it with you! If I could tell you one thing about surviving your first year here, it’d be to enjoy every single second of it! Time passes so quickly, and you would be crazy not to cherish every second of it because these are the best days of our lives!!! And now, a recap on my week:
This semester is going to be ROUGH! Five science classes and not an “easy A class” to spare! The good news is that I am enjoying all my professors and am looking forward to a great semester. This past week, UPB was busy planning all sorts of events to welcome the students of Walsh into another fantastic year. Always a favorite, my BFF Lisa, and my BRF (best roomies forever) Monica and Kayleigh all went to the movie on the lawn. All inclusive with a giant screen and walking tacos, we settled in on the grassy knoll to watch “Fast Five.” It was so much fun! Wednesday night we started our school year cheer practices, and welcomed it with two new additions; a stunting Cavalier and two male cheerleaders. Our awesome Walsh U mascot, Jordan Tucker, has been coming to our practices to learn some basic stunts and band dances so that he can perform with us more this season. Talk about an awesome mascot right??? We’re hoping as the season continues we can teach him more things. The only problem is that the mascot head gets in the way because it’s so massive. I’ll keep you updated on that one, it’s probably going to get interesting. Our second addition is two male cheerleaders. Unfortunately, they’re not permanent members of the Walsh cheerleaders, but they are coming from the gym Cheer 11 in New Philadelphia, OH. One was a cheerleader at Akron, and the other is the owner of the gym. They have started coming in to help us learn some crazy stunts! We’re always up for trying daring stunts, and it makes it A LOT more comfortable to attempt when you have two 300 pound guys to catch you when you fall.
Lisa, Kayleigh, myself, and Monica enjoying the movie on the lawn
Check out Lisa, Gina, Ali, any myself stunting with our AWESOME mascot Jordan!
On that note, our Walsh Cavalier football team took their season opener on the road to Cumberlands in Kentucky this weekend. Unfortunately they lost 34-14, but FEAR NOT! Our home opener kicks off this Saturday at noon against Notre Dame, and we WILL get a victory! Since our team was on the road this weekend, I got to make a rare trip home for Labor Day to see my family. For even more of a treat, I got to catch my boyfriend Nick’s football game at Oberlin College. Nick plays free safety for the Kenyon College Lords. Though I’m always the Walsh Cavaliers’ biggest fan, I took time out to be a proud girlfriend and rooted for the purple and black J I had never been able to catch one of his college games because of my hectic schedule, so it was extra special that I got to go to this one!!
Nick and I
Well friends, I’d say I talked (well, wrote) your ears off for long enough. For all of you Freshmen out there- fear not. Your transition into college will become easier as the weeks roll on. As I said before, I’d be more than happy to help any of you find your way! Secondly, all of you reading this have no excuse not to come to the game this weekend because Giant Eagle across the street is sponsoring it- go get your free tickets today! See you then!!!
Until next time, go Cavs!!!!!