7 Ways To Have A Kick-Ass Freshman Year!

As my freshmen year has begun to come to a wonderful close, I’ve taken a moment to kick up my feet, take a long sip of the cappuccino I ordered from our Student Center Starbucks, and reflect on all the crazy adventures I’ve been on since starting college approximately seven months ago. From the wild toga parties, to Greek week, all the way from the stacks of core papers to the endless amounts of friendships being formed, I’ve seen and experienced A LOT. And let me tell you, freshman year can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, and here are some of my personable tips on how to make it awesome…

  • Embrace your new found freedom!

No longer are you under the prying eyes of your parents. You have an unlimited amount of freedom, so use it carefully, but to the full advantage! Take off the life-jacket you’re parents have had you wearing since birth, and do whatever your heart desires (that’s legal of course). If you want to make a midnight run to taco bell after studying for five hours you can do it! If you want to go hardcore at a party until four a.m in the morning, then be my guest, because now you don’t have to worry about breaking that twelve o’clock curfew you’ve probably had since the ninth grade.  Besides the rules of your school, you make your own decisions and you can run your own life. There is absolutely no one there telling what you should and shouldn’t do, only you can do that, so just have fun…

  • Realize that you are NO LONGER in high school.

You will constantly want to compare high school experiences to college ones and probably on a daily basis. DON’T. You are surrounded by adults now, heck, you are one! No one cares if your teacher ( now PROFESSOR) gave you a ten page essay due next week! Don’t whine about it, because chances are, the person next to you has to deal with a fifteen page paper due the next day. Also, no one cares if you came from one of the best high schools in the state of wherever! Go up to an upperclassmen talking about how great your school was compared to the college you’re at right now, and it’ll will give you a one way ticket to no-friends-ville. That’s a guarantee. Embrace your new world, your new environment, and I promise you’ll have the time of your life.

  • Get involved!

Seriously, this one’s important. No matter what school you choose, you are bound to have at least over 100 choices worth of activities to choose from! For the sports lovers, join a team. The drama lovers, try out for a play! If you want to be adventurous (which I highly suggest), join something like an outdoors club! No matter what, there is an activity for everyone. And if you really, REALLY think that there isn’t, then start something new and fun that you’ll love! Then go out and find friends who share the same interests as you. Or one of my personal favorites…GO GREEK! Do anything to get yourself up and out of your dorm. By being involved, you’ll make fast friends, and you’ll get to know the place you’ll be at for the next 4 years of your life.

  • STUDY, STUDY, STUDY…

You can’t have a kick-ass year with horrible grades can you? Absolutely not. As mentioned earlier, getting involved is crucial to making your first year successful, but don’t let that get in the way of making fabulous grades! More than likely, you’ve seen the movie portrayals of the tedious workload that college can provide, and let me tell you… ALL of them are true. If you were lazy in high school, I suggest reaching deep down inside and snatching that bone out of your body because college courses are no joke. You have professors that don’t concern themselves with the fact that you’re already buried underneath reading assignments and projects for other classes. They’ll smack an essay down in front of you so fast, you won’t have time to blink before it’s due! So take my advice and keep a calender AND agenda on hand at all times. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve walked into class where the professor was taking up homework that I didn’t even know was assigned to us in the first place. Set aside time to head to the campus library (one of my favorite spots), grab a cozy tucked away seat, and settle into that chem book you probably haven’t touched yet…

  • Learn to LOVE your syllabus

Your course syllabus’ will become your best friend and LIFE SAVER over the next four years of college. In high school, your teachers would constantly remind you of an incoming test right? They probably had the due date of an essay tacked to their white board for at least a week! I’m gonna let you in on a giant secret that if learned fast and well, will put you waaaaay ahead of the game…College professors will not, nor will they ever do such a thing as that. That’s where the 5-6 page syllabus comes in handy. Professors carefully and painstakingly take the time to create a full outline of their expectations, and the workload that is to come over the course of a semester. So read it and read it well because you do not want to lose such a crucial item.

  • Go Greek!!!

Now this tip was mentioned earlier, but I felt it needed a category of it’s own! Going Greek means joining a sorority or fraternity. You’ll go through a rush period, where you meet all the groups and get to know them, while also letting your personality shine. At the end of rush period, you’ll receive bids from the groups that want you, in which you will then decide just what sorority or frat is right for you. Going Greek is a HUGE time and monetary commitment, but it can be one of the best decisions you make in college. You’ll form unbreakable bonds and have the time of your life! This year, I decided to sit back and really take a look at all the sorority’s and what it means to Go Greek before making any serious commitments. Now that I’ve done my research, I’m ready to join a sisterhood, and I know going Greek will only make my college experience that much better!

  • Explore Everything…

This is the last and in my opinion, the most important tip of advice I could give you. More than likely, you are coming into college with a set major, and probably minor. You’ll already have in your head the activities you want to be involved in, while also trying to search for anyone you may know from high school. That is all really great, truly it is. But college is a place of discovery. You’ll discover passions and interests that you never even considered. I came in as a Theatre major, and now I’m double majoring with Communications tagged with a writing minor! All because I decided to take classes that sparked an interest to me, but were still kind of new. Be BOLD and BRAVE. Spend your freshman year, and all of college living in CAPITAL LETTERS. Walk up to a cute stranger and introduce yourself. Explore the campus and discover the new go-to spot! Hit up parties on Greek Row and just let loose! My point is…college is the gateway to a world of things you’ve never imagined. Don’t let your freshman status rule your experience. Stand out and make a statement! Live your life outside the coloring lines, and I guarantee, it will be the beginning of one of the best parts of your life!

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Taurus by Joshua David McKenney

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Taurus by Joshua David McKenney

"Technology For Tuition…"

As a freshmen in college, I have found my life to be newly consumed by a schedule filled with theatre classes, club meetings, sorority rushing, and the socialization that comes with being the “new kid on the block”, along with about three hundred of my fellow class members. When arriving at college I expected living changes, and I knew that my new beginning here would be completely altered from the version I was used to at home. As a student, my laptop has become a vital tool. I use it as a means of research, communication, and entertainment. The newly cultivated On Demand revolution and shift to consuming media has definitely affected me in a very positive way. By using the internet, I have access to an unlimited amount of resources that are literally at the tips of my “typing” fingertips. Within my busy schedule, the free time I have left needs to be used wisely, and so I take advantage of the things offered to me right when I need them. Consuming media is not a bad thing. The On Demand revolution has provided millions of people with an easier way of accessing sources of information and other essential things. The On Demand revolution and consuming media is just an all-too clear sign of the advancements our society is making, and I can only hope that it continues to progress.   

Gay Pride All Day ;)

Soooo tomorrow I will be heading to the Gay Pride Parade in Atlanta along with the OUtlet club here at Oglethorpe University. No words can express how psyched I am to lend my support to such an amazing cause!!! Let the rainbow colors begin :) image

Welcome…

To introduce myself, my name is Abreanna Ferguson. I’m a freshman in college and my goal is to live life freely, with faith, and without fear of the unknown, because sometimes the beauty of life can be so powerful that the human eyes cannot withstand the sight without pure courage.

 On this blog, I plan to share words and things of beauty, inspiration, and anything that I just find to be brilliant overall.  If your reading this, I thank you for taking the time to see into my infinitely chaotic mind. image

If I Should Have A Daughter video!!!

If I should have a daughter…

This is my absolute favorite spoken word piece in the ENTIRE WORLD. Sarah Kay is such an amazing artist and this poem will always be engraved in the corners of my mind.

"If I Should Have A Daughter…"

Instead of “Mom”, she’s gonna call me “Point B.” Because that way, she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And I’m going to paint the solar system on the back of her hands so that she has to learn the entire universe before she can say “Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.”

The video is down here!

She’s gonna learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by band-aids or poetry, so the first time she realizes that Wonder-woman isn’t coming, I’ll make sure she knows she doesn’t have to wear the cape all by herself. Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, I’ve tried.

And “Baby,” I’ll tell her “don’t keep your nose up in the air like that, I know that trick, you’re just smelling for smoke so you can follow the trail back to a burning house so you can find the boy who lost everything in the fire to see if you can save him. Or else, find the boy who lit the fire in the first place to see if you can change him.”

But I know that she will anyway, so instead I’ll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boats nearby, ‘cause there is no heartbreak that chocolate can’t fix. Okay, there’s a few heartbreaks chocolate can’t fix. But that’s what the rain boots are for, because rain will wash away everything if you let it.

I want her to see the world through the underside of a glass bottom boat, to look through a magnifying glass at the galaxies that exist on the pin point of a human mind. Because that’s how my mom taught me. That there’ll be days like this, “There’ll be days like this my momma said” when you open your hands to catch and wind up with only blisters and bruises. When you step out of the phone booth and try to fly and the very people you wanna save are the ones standing on your cape. When your boots will fill with rain and you’ll be up to your knees in disappointment and those are the very days you have all the more reason to say “thank you,” ‘cause there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it’s sent away.

You will put the “wind” in win some lose some, you will put the “star” in starting over and over, and no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.

And yes, on a scale from one to over-trusting I am pretty damn naive but I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily but don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.

“Baby,” I’ll tell her “remember your mama is a worrier but your papa is a warrior and you are the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.”

Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things and always apologize when you’ve done something wrong but don’t you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining.

Your voice is small but don’t ever stop singing and when they finally hand you heartbreak, slip hatred and war under your doorstep and hand you hand-outs on street corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother.

Splendid Adventure

This is one of my favorite quotes and I feel like it’s a wonderful beginning to a blog of endless thoughts…image