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Wild Card Wednesday: 5 Tips For College Freshmen

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I googled "college memes" for this blog post and this came up and I couldn't pass up using it haha! Currently I am a senior in college and only have a semester and a half till I'm a graduate which is a scary yet exciting thought. Lately I've done a lot of reflecting on the past three, almost three and a half years, and boy have I learned a lot. I could probably write 100 posts on everything I have learned in college (not talking academically lol). Although I want to focus on mainly fashion and beauty on this blog I do want to incorporate some lifestyle stuff. So every Wednesday will be Wild Card Wednesday! That means every Wednesday I will be talking about anything and everything! It may be advice, food, travel, or anything that I really want to talk about besides fashion or beauty. This week's post will be five tips for college freshman or any grade really. So enough rambling and lets get to it! 

1. Sorority (or fraternity) to join or not to join?
The summer before college I was determined to join a sorority. My mom had been in one and so had my grandmother so for me it was an obvious choice. Well pretty soon into rush I realized I was going to be transferring schools at the end of first semester (a story for another time) and the sororities at my new school weren't at my old one so if I joined one at my old school I would have to drop it and wait another year to join a new one at my new school. Hopefully that makes sense? There are certain rules you have to follow. Anyways, I decided to not rush and I decided I would participate in spring rush at my new school. Well I ended up not doing spring rush either because I felt I had enough of a social life at my new school with lots of friends who also weren't in sororities. My point is sororities can be a great thing for some people, I know lots of people who absolutely love it! But don't feel pressured to join or like you won't have any friends if you don't. Sororities can provide you with some amazing benefits and if you want to rush or even if you're just teasing the thought I recommend doing it because you never know! At the same time, its not for every one and I've had a great experience in college not doing it. All I'm saying is don't do it solely because of family history, your friends, or you think you won't have a social life do it because you find it enjoyable!

2. My second tip is a little (or a lot haha) of a health tip: DO NOT go ham at the dining hall! When I came to the school I'm at now I went crazy on the dining hall food because this dining hall had way more "good" food than my other school. Well I ended up eating sliders, fries, garlic bread and mac n' cheese at lunch AND dinner for about two weeks before I realized I needed to cool it. When you go to college you have so many more options and it can feel really nice and freeing. But the freshman fifteen can be a little too real when you go crazy eating dining hall food so make sure you're keeping things balanced. It is totally okay to have fries or man 'n cheese but make sure it's not a regular thing and you're also filling your plate with healthy options. 

3. Okay now lets talk about the dreaded FOMO. Fear of missing out is a very real awful feeling that everyone experiences at some point. When you feel like you are missing out on a cool party that your friends are making seem is the coolest sh*t on snapchat sucks major bootay. Well let me tell you one thing and if there is one thing I want you to take away from this blog this is it: FOMO is absolutely and completely stupid and if you want to stay in on a Friday night that is totally and 100% FINE. I am all about having a good time but everyone has nights or days where you just can't be bothered and that my friend is a-okay. If you see all of your friends posting the same snap of the same party and it looks fun af well it probably is but there will be other parties and other fun nights that you will be at so missing one doesn't make you a loser. 

4. Now I feel I need to mention one academic tip in this blog post so here it is: have a balanced schedule. Luckily my advisor told me this early on so I've been doing this since basically the beginning. Make sure each semester you have major, core and elective classes in your schedule. For instance, 2 classes for your major, 2 general ed (or core), 1 elective. Obviously you don't have to do it exactly like that but something along those lines. Trust me you do not want senior year to suck and have to take all general ed classes or all major classes because freshman and sophomore year you took all electives. On the other hand don't make life hard by not taking any electives. Keep things balanced and you'll be golden. 

5. My last but certainly not least tip is don't be too set on anything. I know this sounds super general and it is something I'm still working on. Actually this has been extremely prevalent recently with graduating soon and all. If things had happened as I thought/wanted them to freshman year man oh man would my life be different and I don't think in a good way. Things have changed A LOT over the course of college and I could not be more grateful. Accepting this change and realizing things are not always going to go exactly how I want them has been a difficult lesson to learn but so important. Don't get me wrong it is so important to set goals and have hopes and dreams but don't get too set on anything. Let change happen in fact embrace change it can be so so good! Your end goal can stay the same or it can change but either way don't be too set on how you get there. Remember life is about the journey not the destination! (ps. sorry for the cheese)
XOXO, Maddy

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