What It’s Really Like Being a First-Gen College Student

“First generation college student” is a phrase that colleges and universities love to throw around. It never meant much to me, and I didn’t even realize I was one until I was filling out the FAFSA and it clarified what a first generation college student actually is. When I was a freshman, I received plenty…

When It Feels Like You’re Drowning

Sometimes life gets so crazy you feel like you don’t even have time to breathe. That’s been my life lately. I became president of my sorority (which came with a to do list of about 50 things), I had finals, I went on break and tried to spend as much time with family and friends…

Learn to Say Yes

I’ve seen a number of self-help books talking about how important it is to say yes to things. In my experience, saying “yes” was a bit of a toss up when it comes to results. Sometimes saying yes got me involved in way too many things, but sometimes saying yes gave me some of my…

If You Think You Messed Up

The pressure of making a decision that will change the rest of your life at 17 years old can be quite daunting. When I was looking at colleges I wasn’t really sure where to start. So many questions seemed like factors that it was overwhelming. Sometimes, we make decisions and are confident in them only…

Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand

College really is a bubble. Especially where I go to school. It can be so easy to ignore what’s going on in the real world. One of my majors is political science, so I’m inherently learning about current events. But it’s even easy for me to stop paying attention. I’m someone who believes that politics…

Work All Day, Party All… Never

Summers in college are an interesting time. Some people work 40 hours a week, and some don’t even have to have a job. Whatever the case may be for you, it can be really difficult. As someone who worked basically all day, every day this summer, I was on the end of being jealous of…

Living a Double Life

College is a magical time where you’re not a kid anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult yet. You (pretty much) take care of yourself, live your own life, but also probably still get help from your parents and don’t have the biggest of responsibilities yet. My favorite joke to make with my parents…

The First Time You Lose a Friend

Making friends in college is an interesting experience. For me, it generally went like this: meet new person, find things in common with new person, spend probably way too much time with new person, have a new BFF. Honestly, I like the way this works. In college, time feels warped and you’re kind of living…

How to Start Professional Development ASAP

As a freshman, everything was scary. I was intimidated by a lot of things on campus, and often talked myself out of many things “because I’m just a freshman.” DON’T DO THIS. You came to college ultimately for one thing: to get a degree, to get a job. There are SO many distractions at college,…

Red Solo Cup… should I fill you up?

Drinking in college: the ultimate dilemma faced by so many new students each year. In the interest of full transparency, I had my first drink long before my first year of college. In all honesty, I was part of a friend group in high school who primarily spent their weekends at house parties, drinking. So…