Freshman year has the potential to be most amazing year of your life to date. All of the friends you’re going to meet, all the fun times, the all nighters before a midterm, the parties, going to the gym, joining a club, exploring your new hometown, intramural sports, eating dorm food, and much much more! Freshman year also has the potential to be the most hectic year of your life, as balancing your busy schedule is no easy task. Here’s a look at some of the activities and events that are going to be taking place during your freshman year.
1) Dorm hall social events. While these may be a little corny, as they are planned by your R.A.’s, they are a valuable opportunity to bond with your dorm hall. Dorm hosted events might include a hall dinner, movie night, game night, sporting events, pick up sports games, a dorm intramural sports team, a dorm hall trip to the mall, and many other similar events. Generally they are fun because you’ll be with your dorm friends, and the more you bond with them the better!
2) Parties. Almost synonymous with college is the parties that most freshmen have been looking forward to for years. Done are the days of lame high school parties, and in it’s place are frat and house parties, with no parents to worry about. Frat parties are the classic college parties, usually consisting of a dance floor or basement, beer pong, and a whole lot of socializing. House parties are generally smaller, and are more like a kick-it, but are still fun and provide a more intimate/personal setting to meet people.
3) Rush. About 50% of freshmen will end up rushing, with a good majority of them eventually accepting bids to join a fraternity or sorority. Fraternity rush is pretty relaxed; think BBQ’s, pick-up football games, party busses, bowling, paintball, etc. If you’re a guy who has no intentions of joining a frat, you can still go to rush events to meet people, expand your social reach, and have a good time at the rush events. Sorority rush on the other hand is much more formal and many girls describe it as annoying and stressful. So if you’re a girl and not interested in joining a sorority, don’t go just to go.
4) Clubs. You might be making a face at this one, because we all know that high school clubs are not the most desirable thing to be a part of. But this is different, college clubs are a great way to not only meet people, but to meet people that have similar interests to you. You’re in college now, and there’s nothing wrong with joining a club that fits your future interests. You’ll be surprised how many connections you can make in a club, and they can come in real handy once you graduate and enter the real world. But, in terms of freshman year, club events consist of monthly meetings, field trips, and other club related activities.
5) Intramural Sports. For those of us who played sports in high school, being on a team is one of the biggest things missing from freshman year. Unless you have the rare talents to play NCAA sports, you should probably be looking at intramural sports. Most colleges have different leagues that range from competitive to recreational, have both co-ed and single-gender, and have almost every major sport! The best part is, you can create a team with your friends, and not only form an all-star team, but a great bonding experience as well. In my opinion, co-ed sports are the best, because you get to meet the opposite sex as well.
6) Exploring your new hometown. Most college students go to school away from their hometown, so if this is you, say hello to your new home for 4 years. Get out there with your friends and explore the town! Go for a bike ride, hike, bus-ride, to the mall or downtown, or just start walking around. One of the worst things you can do freshman year is to just stay on campus all the time, so get out and explore!
7) Sporting events. College sporting events are some of the most exciting events that go on. Sitting in the student section, dressed head to toe in school colors, and screaming the entire game brings back the good old days of high school homecoming. For example I go to school at the University of Oregon, and going to football games there are crazy!
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