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…

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…

Being yourself, even when it’s scary

It’s hard to be yourself. As sad as that is, it’s true for too many of us. It’s hard to be comfortable in our own skin when the world we live in makes us feel too big, too short, not funny enough, too quiet, too loud… you name it. In college, it’s incredibly easy to…

For the Times You Feel Helpless

Sometimes your friends are going through things you understand all too well – and giving advice is a piece of cake. Other times, their problems are so unimaginable you have no idea where to begin. Nothing you can say will make them feel better, which only makes you feel worse. If your friendships are anything…

Living the “Broke College Student Life”

When I was in high school, I always heard people refer to “broke college students.” Broke was a term I liked to use when my checking account was running a little low (but my savings were more than fine). Then I got to college. And messed up. I didn’t want to say no to anything,…

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…

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…