Things I’ve Learned in College…

From Living in the Midwest

1. Summer is not the only season.  This was a tough one for me to handle, California did not prepare me for my first winter in Indiana. Snow was something foreign to me, I had seen it movies driven by it on road trips, but never actually had to live in it.  Learning how to layer my clothes, buying a pair of legit snow boots, and stocking up on scarves, gloves and earmuffs are just a few of the things that made my life a little easier. I’m still not a fan of snow. Winter is a very inconvenient season, and I have lived a sheltered life of perfect weather and convenience.  It has definitely made me appreciate spring so much more. Needless to say, I am not dreaming of a White Christmas.

2. The Local Lingo. Growing up I do recall hearing my grandmother say the word “pop” once.  No one had any idea what she was talking about. I though she was referring to a lollipop, my sister was thinking it was a popsicle and my brother was beyond confused. She just shrugged her shoulders and took a 2 liter of Coca Cola out of the refrigerator. I move here and people start that throwing that word around again. I really thought that it was a word that grandparents used like groovy or peaches. I understand that the word “soda” is two syllables but is it really that much effort? How about grade school? I had never heard it called that. Before junior high I went to an elementary school, but then again it has more syllables right?  Lastly, they don’t have freeways here, they have highways. I could go on, but you get the idea.

3. This That and the Other. Cars rust in the winter. If there is sand and a body of water of some kind it is referred to as “a beach”. Do not assume it is warm just because the sun is shining and you can feel warmth through the windows.  Air conditioning and heating are necessities of life. Sometimes the best food is served in the shadiest places. Humidity actually exists and boy can you feel it.

From Living in the Dorms

1. Common courtesy. Even at Bible College, freshman year is wild. Each floor is filled about fifty girls who just graduated high school and have never lived on their own. There is never a quiet moment on a freshman floor. Now that we are juniors, we don’t have the energy we had freshman year, nor the time. We have come to realization that although college may seem like a year long slumber party, there are classes everyday from 8 to 1 and those weird people who plan on graduating need to study for those classes. Freshman dorm floors are not a good place to study. Freshman year is also when you make all your friends. Sometimes your friends will all be your roommates, this is not always the case. You get close with the people you room with freshman year because you go through so many changes together it brings you closer. You may even feel like family, even if this is the case always ask before you do anything that could inconvenience them. Even if they say you can borrow that skirt whenever, still ask before you take it.

2. Gossip will spread like wildfire. The dorms have the best drama, not a good thing. Living in tight enclosed spaces with people will always bring that, hence the popularity of shows like Big Brother, the Real World and Jersey Shore. Something that you said last night will be the talk to the school the next day by 8 a.m.  Word to the wise: don’t trust anyone and don’t say anything about people unless you would say it if they were standing right there. Solves a lot of problems.

3. The Freshman Fifteen is Not a Myth. Two years ago I came to college with a lot of hopes and dreams, I went for the summer with a whole new outlook on life and twenty extra pounds on my frame. It was bad:/ The dining hall food is not good, but I was very picky, if I didn’t like what was being served I’d head over to the restaurant and indulge in something that tasted better (and was usually fried.) It goes without saying, but this took a toll on my bank account as well as my figure. That summer was horrible, I hated looking back on the pictures from the previous year. I dreaded going home and knowing that everyone was shocked by how I looked. That summer I lost all the weight that I had gained and then some. Sophomore year comes with so much more wisdom. I’ve changed my ways and I don’t regret having my freshman year as a learning experience.

4. Wal Mart is Your Friend. I’ve always been a Wal-Mart shopper, even before college, but college has deepened my affinity for the store. My freshman year was a bit too heavy of a love affair and it drained my checking account. Freshman year is for mistakes though and I definitely learned from it. Ramen noodles are a staple food but you cannot live off them. Nylons are always something you can never have too much of. Sometimes quantity is greater than quality, especially in things that are not meant to last long. Wal-Mart may not be the most glamorous store it is the most convenient and easiest on the wallet. That is the voice of experience.