We’ve all seen it. That walking fashion faux pas. That deadly fashion mistake walking across the quad makes us cringe.
Yes one of the great things about college is that you are able to wear whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean you should.
I will start with the do not’s because those are more fun.
- Wear pajamas. Okay, I understand if you have an 8 a.m. class, but otherwise, no one wants to see your hot pink polka-dotted satin pajama bottoms paired with your winter coat. Put some real pants on.
- Speaking of pants, guys pull up your pants. This isn’t high school.
- Wear Uggs (With Short Shorts) ((In the middle of winter)). Uggs are the guilty pleasure of many college girls. If you still choose to wear these shoes, wear them with the appropriate attire! Whoever told you it was okay to wear those boots with those short shorts lied to you. Plus it’s winter, time to put those shorts away.
- Dress for the Wrong Season. There are many reasons why you should dress for the right season. A- If it’s freezing out and you are not dressed warmly, you’re going to get sick. B- You will definitely attract the wrong attention. People will ask “What was that person thinking? It’s below freezing outside!” and they will shoot you the o.o look.
- Wear Stained Clothing. This goes for both guys and girls, trust me, I’ve seen both. If we can all tell what you ate yesterday because of the stains on your clothes, there’s something wrong. Wash ’em or toss ’em, do not wear them. If you have a shirt that’s stained beyond recognition, tie die it a funny color or something; don’t be a slob.
- Wear Plaid+Stripes+Rainbows+Neon+AHHH! Plaid shirts can be very trendy and fashionable if worn correctly. If you choose to wear a plaid shirt, please, please, please make sure you do not pair it with some crazy neon tank top or oddly colored sweatpants. This goes for any pattern: keep it simple.
- Leggings are not Pants. They do not substitute for pants; they are meant to be worn under an oversized shirt, tunic, skirt, or dress!
- Wear Crocs. Ew.
- Wear Heels. These are okay if you have an interview, but wearing them from class to class is a no-no.
- Flip-flops with Sweatpants or Socks. If it’s cold enough for you to be wearing sweatpants or socks, then it’s cold enough for you to wear real shoes.
- Rival Apparel. Support your school, do not wear other schools’ logos.
- Leave the Club Outfit in the Closet. True story. I’ve seen a girl in a tight dress looking like she just came from the club. Leave the party at home when you’re going to classes.
- Be comfortable. This does not mean be lazy. I give you permission to rock the sweatshirt, as long as you don’t pair a bright red sweatshirt with bright red sweatpants and you don’t look like a crazed track star, it’s okay. It’s important to be comfortable in your classes so that you can focus on the material.
- Be Unique. Feel free to be yourself, just try not to overdo it. You do not have to express your entire personality though your clothing.
- Bargain Shop/Thrift. You can find some really trendy clothing in the sales racks of Carson Pirie Scott or Macy’s. I bought a $150 dollar Liz Claiborne blazer for $20 at Macy’s once. You can always find something that no one else has for a good price.
- Cardi Party. Rock the cardigan. I’m a huge fan of cardigans. Pair one with a nice dress and some cute leggings and you’re good to go!
- Pea coat. Nothing is more handsome than a guy in a pea coat in the middle of winter. Girls, pea coats can be slimming and stylish, so make sure it’s apart of your stock of winter apparel.
- Jeans. They go with everything, unless you’re wearing the same color denim shirt. Skinny, bell bottoms, boot cut, what ever style of jeans speaks to you!
- Boots. Paired with a nice jean, boots can go with anything. They are a step up from your average shoe. Plus having rain boots for the rain and snow boots for the winter are necessary. Be prepared for the winter!
Just remember when you’re picking out what to wear every morning: If you think it looks bad, it probably does.
1. There’s Less Homework in College
I get the same amount of homework as I did in high school, if not more. When you don’t have an assignment, you’re studying for a quiz; when your don’t have a quiz, you’re studying for an exam. You won’t always be doing homework, but it’s important to spend your time wisely.
2. Party Party Party; Everyone Does It
Not everyone does it and you don’t have to either. You’re friends shouldn’t pressure you to do anything you don’t want to, and if they do, then they aren’t really your friends. You can have just as much fun without going to crazy parties every night.
3. It’s Just Like in the Movies
It’s not going to be just like Animal House or Revenge of the Nerds. College life isn’t as stereotypical as you think. No one judges you; most of us are here to take the next step in our lives. No one cares where you’re from or what clothes you wear; they only care about who you are.
4. Your Roommate Will Be Your Best Friend
It’s a miracle when two strangers are paired up and they become best friends. It does happen, I’ve seen it. However, this isn’t always the case, so don’t be too disappointed if you don’t become besties. Having a roommate who you get along with, who isn’t too messy, and who doesn’t stay up too late is all you need. It’s always fun to hear funny roommate horror stories, I have a few myself. My current roommate however is super sweet, so I got lucky. We’re not best friends, but we have nice conversations here and there and she’s nice to live with 🙂
5. No Time for Fun During The Week
Many people think that you’ll either be way too busy or have too much free time on your hands. It’s really up to you. There is a ton of extra free time. College gives you a lot of independence, it’s up to you to decide how to use it. If you have a lot of things to do, but you push them off til the weekend, you will have plenty of free time during the week; that’s not always the best idea. It’s important to prioritize and space out you work, this way you’re not overwhelmed and overworked.
As a freshman I noticed that finals week is nothing like finals week in high school. During this week, you witness all your friends and yourself in panic mode and somewhat stressed. You will be checking grades constantly to make sure you know what you need to pass the class. Myself, I was in the library studying everyday of finals week and so were many others. You will see commuters on campus more instead of them going home after class. Many review sessions going on, the only thing you think about is the next test you have.
For some, finals week is more stressful than it is for others. Some need a certain grade for the career they are going for. Some of them will be stressed after tests hoping to get a good grade, they don’t want to do bad. For some, it gets emotional. After taking tests, they wait a few days and then grades are up. Some did not do as well as they thought they would. Also some got the grade they wanted or better so they get excited. Finals week is like the most important week of school for many. After Finals week is over, the students act as if it was summer vacation and act all crazy.
That is basically what Finals week is like, everyone studying in groups or alone. There will be people in the library, fireside lounge, Coal Ben, and in the dorms. There are few rules that are set during this one week which are to respect those who are studying, and to not be disruptive. That is mainly it, so follow them and do your best on your finals!
As a freshman, you want an idea of what you want to do with your life. Coming straight out of high school does not prepare you to make a choice of career; it only prepares you for college in a sense of classes and learning. When you start college start figuring out what you like to do. Make sure you choose something that you will enjoy, and are willing to do for the next sixty some years. Here I will provide you with a few things you should do that will help you decide on a career path. I did it for myself and several others and it worked.
1) While you go through your day of classes, make a list of your hobbies. Don’t always go for the money.
2) Talk to upper class men for advice; ask them what they think you should do. Let them suggest options. They do have more experience in college, so take advantage of that.
3) Make sure to talk to your advisor. They will really help you, even though at the end you are making the decision, they can give you choices so you can succeed. They are there for a reason. They can also help you take a small survey that can help you choose a career.
4) Talk to friends, sometimes your friends, the ones who understand you can tell you what they think. They will be able to tell you what you are good at and what you will enjoy.
5) Talk to your professors; ask them what made them choose their current career. It will sometimes help you make a decision from others experience.
6) Also to your parents, parents are very supportive and understand that college is not easy. They will help you decide; they have been in the work force for several years and can help you decide a good career that will make you successful.
7) Lastly, ask yourself what you want to do with your life. You know yourself better than anyone. Look back at that list you made, and see if anything changed. Also look at your past and see what you enjoyed doing in high school.
I hope this helped, I used this myself and I ended up changing my major. I was a health science major, but I realized that I have been teaching math my whole high school career and that is where I belong. Just remember, it is not bad to change majors as long as you don’t wait till the last moment. There is always a good reason for something to happen so just take every chance you get to figure your life out.
“ Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”- Neale Donald Walsch
For example, in high school I would come home everyday and get on the phone and stay on the phone for hours. That was my comfort zone and it carried over into my college life. Even if my friends were down the hall I would call them on the phone because that is what I was used to. I didn’t realize that I was missing out on all the activities that were happening on BenU’s campus. I was missing out on making new friends and even just meeting new people. After many days of this I decided to get out and explore my campus, meet new people and get a job.
The point of me telling my story is to tell you if you stay in your comfort zone in college you wont have much fun. College is a place you come to grow and to learn things about yourself. If you don’t get out of your comfort zone you will miss out on many things, but once you step out of your comfort zone your new life will begin.