Tag Archives: Freshman Year

There and Back Again: A Freshman’s Tale

After coming home from college, it often feels as if the whole year was a wondrous dream of quaint colonial vignettes and the never ceasing turning of pages assigned by the most knowledgeable of professors, quirky enough for any mad tea party. This past year certainly stole away faster than any I have known so […]

May Brings Flowers and Exams

There may come a time when you have tread brick sidewalks to so many lectures that all of the socks you brought to college are so threadbare they could be the sole possessions of any Dickensian street-rat, and then you know it is time for the semester to end so you can go home and […]

“Adult-ing”: the art of growing up in college

While I was home over spring break, I asked a friend I graduated with how his first year of college was going. He said that it was going well and added offhandedly that he had been “adult-ing”. In a strange way, that “word” (I have no squabble with indictionaring it) seems to capture the transition […]

College vs. High School: Classes

With the thresholds of my high school classrooms only just behind my heels, I often find myself comparing the atmospheres of college classes to the atmospheres of my high school classes. My high school teachers made an exemplary effort to expose us to college level assignments and teaching methods; but there are some things about […]

Life with a Side of Pancakes

As semester gets underway, the assignments pile up, due dates appear on the horizon,  and you might just need some pancakes.  The second half of my first year here at W&M has already proven to be a bit more demanding than the first half, which isn’t surprising since I am taking two more classes than […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part V Coping With Homesickness

When you move away from home for the first time there is a very good chance that you will suffer some degree of homesickness. It is completely normal and not necessarily a bad thing! As Mrs. Hughes says on Downton Abbey, “There’s no shame in feeling homesick, it means you come from a happy home.” […]

Freshman Year Survival Guide: Part IV Wellness

Freshman year is a notorious threat to personal well-being: famously, the freshman fifteen, but also (as I mentioned in a previous post) the challenges presented in close living quarters and the absence of your mother to make you soup when you are under the weather. To succeed in all other areas of college life, you […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part III Academics

College brings with it a whole new set of academic challenges, but you can be prepared to meet them. The biggest difference between high school and college academic life is certainly independence. In high school, you were legally required to be in school during specific hours everyday, your teachers probably checked every assignment and did […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part II Dorm Life

How on earth are you going to feel at home in a little cinder-block room in a building you share with a bunch of strangers? Somehow, you will, and you will probably grow to love dorm life! A half of a 13ft by 13ft colorless room is not likely to become a coveted chuck of […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part I Orientation

Freshman orientation may very well be one of the strangest weeks of your life. What can you expect? Orientation programs vary from school to school, but here are some basic things you will probably encounter. There is also a list of survival tips at the end of the post! Residence Hall Move-In The time has […]