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If You Could Talk to Your Freshman Self, What Would You Say?

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This is Part 1 in a series of letters from college graduates to their freshman alter egos. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self about your college years?

photo of girlBy BookRenter Corporate Communications Associate, Rachel Freeman
Rachel recently earned her Master’s degree at San Francisco State in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts. In addition to working at Rafter, she coaches high school volleyball. A kid at heart, she loves watermelon gum and water guns. In her spare time, you can find her traveling the globe (her favorite place is Israel!) and cheering on her hometown San Francisco Giants.

 

Dear freshman Rachel,

I’ll give you fair warning. By the time you are done with this adventure of higher education, you’ll have been in school for 19 of your 23 years. That’s a long time: exactly 82.6% of your life. And when you get to the finish line, your graduate school graduation, it will feel like the end of an era. School can be tough at times, but it’s a fun journey and you should take in everything: every friendship, every class, every event, every party. So as you embark on this awkward, fun, funny, stressful, amazing time in your life that I wish I could do again, here are some things I want to tell you:

snow angels-        Break out of the box you have created for yourself! When you were young, you pictured your life at 18 in a certain way. And that box is very restricting and claustrophobic. So step out of that box. Get out and party. Do things you may never have thought of doing –  introduce yourself to random people with whom you cross paths, join off-the-wall active clubs (think, the Rock Climbing Club, or the Swing Dance Club), and take off-campus adventures with your new friends (think corn mazes, hay rides and haunted houses). You won’t regret leaving your box behind.

-        Find people who make you a better person. Surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you and what you are doing in your life. You will encounter people who may have selfish reasons for hanging out with you. You don’t need to be suspicious of everyone, but make sure that you get something out of the relationship. If not, don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself. It’s okay to be a little selfish; after all, you’re the only one looking out for you.

-        Live a little! I know you don’t believe in drinking before you turn 21, but it’s not so bad. When people invite you to parties, GO! I know you think right now that it will be uncomfortable, but trust me, IT WON’T BE; everyone is just there to have a good time. And if you decide you want to start drinking before 21, it’s really not as bad as you think. Go with your gut. But never do anything because someone else tells you to. I just want you to know it’s okay if your views change over time.

-        Not everyone makes it through college with amazing roommates. And you are no exception. But instead of being upset about not having a college roommate that you’ll still be friends with in 30 years, think of these living situations as learning experiences. It’s teaching you about cohabitating, patience and not always getting what you want all the time. And those will be great skills to have when you finally do enter the real world (especially the “not always getting what you want” part).

-        Lastly, work hard to maintain friendships with those you truly care about. Even with Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and FourSquare and every other social network out there telling you what your friends are doing at all times, it won’t be enough to maintain those special friendships. Once you graduate from undergrad, pick up the phone and call your friends, send them “thinking of you” texts, snail mail them birthday cards. You may think your friendships will dissipate after college, but as long as you work on keeping in touch, they will actually strengthen.

So freshman self, I will leave you with 2 quotes. One comes from a future best friend. She once said: “Life is short, so fuck everything. These are the years. You can make mistakes. If you’re gonna make mistakes, do it now before 25 at least. After 30, you’re DONE! DUNZO! Out for the count.” Not sure if the part about turning 30 is true because I haven’t hit that milestone yet, but it’s still a good one.

And finally, Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” If you live your life that way, I can guarantee you, you’ll be fearless.

Love,
Rachel Freeman, M.A.

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Realizing My Bucket List

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Visit all seven continents and see the Northern Lights: It could happen! What’s on your Bucket List?

By Guest Blogger Rachel Freeman I SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY Undergrad degree – cum laude – in communications. Currently pursuing a master’s in broadcast and electronic communication arts. Not-so-secret passion: Baseball (go, San Francisco Giants!).

Of all of the amazing things I had the opportunity to do this summer, one item stuck out the most. I crossed off #50 from my bucket list: attend a baseball game at the legendary Fenway Park.

Not only did I get to see the Boston Red Sox in person, but I also caught a ball!

I’ve had a bucket list for the past three years, and whenever I accomplish something on the list, I note when I did it. I’ll carry those memories with me for the rest of my life.

Making a bucket list is a fun way to figure out what you want to do before you “kick the bucket” or the fun activities and goals you’d like to achieve in life. They also help you track everything you’ve done!

If you’re just starting your freshman year or have a few terms left, you still have time to make a college-specific bucket list. Always wanted to go to the taco truck on the other side of town? Add it to a bucket list. Never been to one of your school’s football games but always wanted to? There’s another. Get out of the dorms, and make the most of your time on campus. Don’t regret a second!

Here are the top six things I have yet to accomplish on my bucket list:

1. Voice a character in an animated film.

2. Be a world record holder for something.

3. Learn to say hello in 50 languages.

4. Step foot on all seven continents.

5. Trace my ancestry.

6. See the Northern Lights.

That’s only a small part of my list. Tell us: what’s on your bucket list?

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The Top 10 Things I Miss About Campus

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Okay, I Hate to Admit It: I Kinda Miss School

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

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It’s true. School oftentimes feels more like home than my actual home does.

Here are the top 10 things I miss most about college life:

1. My friends! Ironically, I don’t get to see them that often because I’m so busy, but I love them to death anyway. I miss all those nights staying up playing NBA 2K11 and going out for dinner wherever we could (there aren’t many options in Eugene).

2. The 30-minute transit. I don’t have a car, but luckily, everywhere I want to go in Eugene is only a bus ride away. And public transit is usually punctual. Downside: no arrival time tracker.

3. Qdoba. Although #1 implies that I dislike my limited dining options in Eugene, the scarcity of good eats makes it so much easier for me to make up my mind than when I’m in San Francisco. I usually end up at this popular Mexican chain. Their Craft 2 menu gives me the perfect portion sizes of quesadillas and three-cheese nachos.

4. Allen Hall. The journalism school is being renovated for the next year, and I already miss its cramped lecture hall, open computer labs, and free printing.

5. My apartment. There’s nothing like having your own space to make frozen dinners and watch movies until 5AM.

6. Nature. In Eugene, the air just feels different, and campus holds more than 500 kinds of trees. I’m not an outdoorsy person by any means, but it’s a nice change of scenery every now and then.

7. Free or affordable events. Something is always happening on campus, whether it’s a scholarly talk, local band concert, or culture night. Since I know many people in the student unions, I go and support their shows, and they always serve food. Score!

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8. Sports games. My parents didn’t raise me on sports, but Oregon is a huge sports school, so whether I like it or not, I get sucked in. Besides, you just can’t beat that collective spirit during football season. (Go Ducks!)

9. No sales tax! The other day, I went to Walgreen’s and paid three extra bucks in taxes. You don’t realize what a bite sales tax takes out of your wallet unless you’ve lived in a state where you don’t pay any.

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10. My boyfriend. (Cue the “aww’s.”) He flew back home to Maui shortly after our one-year anniversary, and we barely talk since he’s three hours behind. On the plus side, I’ll see him in September when I fly to Hawaii for the first time!

I could go on and on, but then I’d really miss Oregon. What do you miss about college, or do you not miss anything at all?

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