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23 Ways You Know You’ve Just Started College

We know many of you have begun a new chapter in your lives: college! Laugh with us at these 23 totally true ways you know you’re a college freshman!

1. It’s the first day of school and you already have a ton of homework. Is this real life?

2. You haven’t totally understood the whole dorm thing yet, like no curfew now? What?!

3. The cafeteria isn’t very homey…and you, um, kind of miss Mom’s cooking.

4. The syllabus…it’s like causing you major anxiety and stress just seeing all you have to do.

5. That feeling of regret you didn’t pick something easier for your major.

6. Classes after 3 p.m.? Totes weird.


7. You won’t admit it, but you’re kind of homesick.

8. You’re wondering exactly how you’re going to survive these next four years.

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9. A guy has already asked you on a date…twice.

10. You didn’t exactly understand this whole coffee thing until now.

11. The shock at just how much money that textbook will cost you.

12. You don’t understand football yet.

13. You’ve learned the art of time management REAL quick.

14. You’ve already discovered a new band that is quickly becoming your favorite thing.

15. Sleeping…it’s overrated.

16. You’re super early for all your classes.

17. Day 1 outfit planned. Day 2…hello sweatpants!

18. You’ve always heard about ramen, but didn’t truly understand its greatness until that first late night of reading in which the hunger pains struck.

19. You’ve already become creative with Nutella.

20. All-nighter watching your favorite show on Netflix—it’s already happened.

21. You’re overwhelmed by all the people and for the first week refer to them like a Dr. Seuss book: “Hey thing 1 and thing 2!”

22. You’ve called home more times than you can count.

23. You’re freaking out about being a grown-up.

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  1. Remedy

    Posted by Remedy on August 26, 2015 at 20:45

    I’m a junior in college, and I STILL don’t understand football……… Why would I want to go to the stadium, sit on uncomfortable bleachers, buy overpriced food/drinks, and be surrounded by a bunch of noisy, drunk people when I could be at home on a nice couch eating a great meal and watching it at home. Sounds like a party to me.

  2. ParalyzedbytimeintheTARDIS

    Posted by ParalyzedbytimeintheTARDIS on June 21, 2015 at 16:43


  3. Busygirl996

    Posted by Busygirl996 on June 21, 2015 at 15:24

    I just granted from high school a few weeks ago but I also graduated from college yesterday. I was a Running Start student my junior and senior years of high school. Some of these I can easily relate to with my college classes and some I’m definitely nervous (but excited!) for as I start at a University this fall.

  4. Annabell

    Posted by Annabell on September 24, 2014 at 21:03

    Yep, this about sums it up! Next semester though I am so scheming to get an easier homework load!

  5. codykatiebelle

    Posted by codykatiebelle on September 3, 2014 at 15:19

    Thank you for adding a Doctor Who one in there. Even better, it’s my favorite episode AND doctor.

  6. YoucatMarie

    Posted by YoucatMarie on September 1, 2014 at 12:07

    I’m #11, but for the opposite reason: I expected my textbooks to be at least $1000, but I managed to get all of them for less that $250. SCORE!!!!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Chemgirl04 on September 27, 2014 at 11:52

      Me too!! I was like “Thank you Jesus!” lol although one of my books by itself was $100

  7. May All Your Bacon Burn

    Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on August 31, 2014 at 11:42

    Most of these never really end at the first year, although at the very least you get used to the idea of it 🙂

    Except for the homework load. Not even the idea of it is something to become accustomed to (it’s the first two weeks of class and I have more homework per night than I did by the end of last semester. Next semester I’ll try not to put four reading/writing intensive classes into one schedule).

  8. pinkkitty523

    Posted by pinkkitty523 on August 31, 2014 at 11:08

    Hahah. Yeah I hope I’m able to take online classes when it’s time for me to go to collage.

  9. Clairabear

    Posted by Clairabear on August 28, 2014 at 16:28

    Haha!! Lots of these are true for my high school experience so far XD

  10. DawnMarie1993

    Posted by DawnMarie1993 on August 28, 2014 at 13:41

    these are so true. even though i’m doing online classes, College is stressful and i miss high school