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Is it just me, or do very few of us know exactly where we want to be five years from now? For the confused and the frightened, the future is a gnarly place.
Who am I? What am I doing with my life? Should I switch my major to something totally different? Is everyone else actually happier than me, or are they just better at pretending? What would make me happy? Chances are these reoccurring questions never find an answer.
Today I started my last semester of classes ever. It’s a bittersweet experience and a reminder of what a lot of people around me are going through: a quarter-life crisis. Our future is entirely uncertain and entirely up to us. There’s no more hiding behind grades and other’s expectations. We knew what we had to do all of our lives. We had to get good grades to get to college and once we were in college we had to graduate. But now what? There are no expectations for us anymore. We have to create our own expectations. That’s a lot of pressure.
It’s time to set our expectations high. This is the moment of our lives that we actually get to follow our dreams and finally get to do what we love. This isn’t a crisis, but an opportunity of excitement. So do it. Go forward and do what you’ve been waiting to do your whole life.
The first day at college for a freshman can be nerve-wracking, exciting, and ever so crazy. The Pointer was able to see it all. Following two freshmen exploring their way through a new place is nothing short of interesting Freshmen often come into college with a picture of it in their head of what they think it will be like. “The things I picture most [about college life] are big frat parties and lecture halls where the teacher seems a mile away, probably because that is how movies portray a ‘typical college,’” said Dana Thompson, freshman graphic design major.
One of the most exciting aspects of college life for freshmen is the fact that this will be the first time, for many, that they’re away from their parents. The fact that you are not supervised, have no curfew, and don’t have parents ragging on you to get your homework done is just the freedom that high school students yearn for. Now it’s finally here. With all the thrills in that newfound freedom there inevitably come some worries.
“The thing I am most nervous about is staying organized. In high school, our teachers still chased us around to remind us of our make-up math test for the following morning,” Thompson said. Many freshmen also come into college knowing very few or no people at all.
“I’m most excited about meeting new people,” said Jacob Doney, freshman physics and chemistry major. “Coming from a high school of 600 kids, there’s not a whole lot of variety going on.” Many freshmen have already met new people through the “University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Class of 2015” group on Facebook. Both Thompson and Doney said that they have already made a few friends through the group and plan on meeting up with them.
I’m finally sitting down and working on my first stories of the year for my newspaper! I’m really excited to get started and to try new things with new staff this year. The feeling of sitting down, researching, interviewing, and making a final product is like nothing else. I’m glad to be able to do it again. I’m working on a few peices about freshmen moving into college and their first nights. My photographer and I are following some students around on their first night, which should prove to be interesting. I’m also compiling a list of advice for freshmen.
We’ve all had to pull an all-nighter; whether it was because we just wanted to or because there was no way that we were going to finish the ten page English paper the night before.
All-nighters are a common occurrence in the lives of college students, but what if I told you that you were doing them wrong; that there is a way to have a perfect all-nighter. The one thing you need to chance is your diet. Here are some eating habits that could make your all-nighter go that much more smoothly.
1. Avoid Coffee. Although coffee might seem like it would be your best friend; the crash that it will give you will be detrimental. Instead drink cold water. Cold water prevents tiredness and that jolt of coldness will keep your eyes open.
2. Eat raspberries and bacon. They contain an amino acid called Tyramine that releases adrenaline and is a brain stimulant. Other sources include: raisins, oranges, grapes, pineapple, avocados, and soy products.