There are about a hundred things that will happen your first week of college. You will meet a ton of new people, lose your keys several dozen times, and start your classes. By the time the week is over, you will think that it’s been seven months, not seven days. But, alas, it is just one week of the never-ending school year. And it sort of goes downhill from there. JUST KIDDING. But it will get harder, and the first week is crucial when it comes to getting it right. It’s really important to start off on the right foot so you can be on top of things for the whole semester, right? Right.
It will be pretty hard to get everything done your first week, since there are so many things to keep track of, but there are a couple rookie mistakes that, unfortunately, you will be making during those first few days. Luckily, I have been there and made these mistakes, so I can tell you exactly what will happen and how to recover from it. College is super scary, but if you keep in mind these common mistakes that every girl will make the first week, you might just survive. Have a good semester!
Latching To One PersonThe worst thing you can do is what I did - latch on to one person for the entire week and then realize that they are actually pretty crappy. Meet a bunch of new people and make plans with a wide variety of groups. College has SO many people, you shouldn't only hang with one person, whether it's your roommate or someone in your class. Sure, it's okay to make one good friend, but it's also important to branch out. Image Source: Gossip Girl
Calling Your Parents Too Much, Or Not EnoughListen, your parents are going to miss you. They want to know you're alive and didn't drop out three days into the semester. You should call them! That being said, you also need to learn how to live without them. It's okay to call once in a while, but don't call five times a day. It's better for both of you! Image Source: Lizzie McGuire
Staying In Your RoomI know it might be tempting to hide out in your room since socializing is scary AF, but it's important to actually go out and meet people. If you don't you'll get stuck in a "go to class/go back to dorm/repeat" cycle that can get really depressing once winter rolls around. Image Source: Pitch Perfect
Not Doing WorkYes, college is cool and exciting, but it's also school, and professors will be sure to assign you work your first week. Don't slack on it! IF you stay on top of things now it will be easier to do it throughout the year. Image Source: Degrassi
Not Asking For DirectionsFun fact: it took me three and a half years to figure out that I was calling one of the main buildings the wrong name. I thought I knew everything but I didn't! And that's okay! It's okay to not know where things are. In fact, if you're new, people sort of expect it. Don't assume you know where everything is. It's okay to keep a campus map on your phone, or ask around. We've all been there. Image Source: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Not Researching Your Meal PlanLet's be honest, every school has a weird meal plan. It just happens. Honestly, you will probably end up overpaying or accidentally stealing something. My school had a weird system that was called the ABC system, which sounds simple but it wasn't. You could get two A's and a C, but not two B's and a C. I don't know, it was weird. You will probably mess it up somehow. It's okay. Be sure to ask so you aren't paying for more than you get. Image Source: Gilmore Girls
Not Setting Ground RulesYou and your roommate might seem to have an "unspoken agreement" but at some point in the first semester, you will probably clash. It's okay, but you need to set some ground rules ASAP to prevent anything horrible from happening. Image Source: Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23
Posting Too Many Party PicsYes, it's college and college is fun but it's also a breeding ground for, uh, inappropriate activities like underage drinking. If you post a picture of you and a red solo cup on Facebook, even if it's just water, it isn't a good look for you. I know you want to show all your high school friends how much fun you're having, but be careful. Image Source: The Roommate
Which of these things have you done? Tell us in the comments!