Fresh to death
So there I was, sitting on my bed reminiscing on my freshmen adventures at Trinity Western University.
It had been a crazy few months, full of lots of adjustments and insanity. I have learned a lot and decided to harness this knowledge for the good of my fellow first years. Thus, I came up with a few helpful pointers on how to survive the rest of freshman year.
1) Befriend the crazy people in orange shirts. You know the ones. They traveled in packs during O-Week, swarming unsuspecting vehicles and whisking away boxes before you even knew what hit you. There were many of them, and they were all very, very orange, but despite the burning sensation you get in your retinas when you beheld their vibrant t-shirts, they can actually do more for you than carry your luggage to your dorm room. They can of¬fer you advice, help you find your way around campus, and maybe even...be your friend? Woah.
2) Jump into every opportunity that comes your way. Sometimes this means literally jumping in, such as if you are the first sprinter during Banana Challenge and you have the privilege of diving into a kiddie pool full of...something. (Oatmeal? Pudding? Human fecal matter? We may never know.) But this applies to all manner of opportunities: Outreach ministries, Bible studies, LAN parties...just jump in and explore new things and don’t be afraid of looking like an idiot. People seem to embrace their idiocy here, rather than being embarrassed about it, so you pretty much have free license to do whatever you want. Unless doing whatever you want involves some form of nudity. Then I’d suggest not doing whatever you want. Please.
3) Don’t sweat the small stuff. So you just transferred into Philosophy 105 a week before the first mid-term (Side note: Mid-terms in September? Seriously? Who does that?) and you know you’re going to fail? It’s all good, just buy yourself a container of Häagen-Dazs and study extra hard for the next one. You went on a dorm date to an abandoned barn with Wiccan symbols spray-painted on the floor and it looks like the roof is going to cave in? No worries, just pull out a flashlight and a deck of cards and you’ll be having fun in no time. Crappy things happen to everyone in university, but instead of getting discouraged over disappointments and failures, look for the good in each situation. Unless it’s philosophy. You get a free pass to cry into ice cream over philosophy.
4) Lastly, don’t forget your roots. Even though I’ve spent the last 18 years living in Hicksville and the smell of cow manure re¬minds me of home, in a strange way, I’m kind of proud of that. You should be proud of where you’re from, too. I’ve gotten used to feeling like just “some dumb freshman,” but the diverse mix of people from all over the world and all walks of life is what makes TWU’s community so special. We’re all from different backgrounds, but we somehow got thrown together into this crazy group and everyone’s story brings something unique to the table. Country folk, smell your manure with pride. Freshmen, rejoice in your naiveté and your ability to stay up until 4:00 am every morning to finish your assignments. You were born this way, baby, and it’s you (Yes, you!) who contributes something to the Trinity community that no one else can.
Good luck, fellow freshmen. With these tips, hopefully we’ll all make it to April in one piece, plus a few extra pounds!