Alpha Chi Mixers and Formals

5 Things I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year

by: Rachel Nowicki

And we’re back. Cheers to the start of what is surely going to be another unforgettable semester, full of football games, mixers, movie nights with sisters, formals, date nights, and so much more. Whether you’re a freshman, and this is your first first semester ever, or a senior, and this is your last first semester ever, it is sure to be a great one.

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This semester we welcomed 74 amazing new members into our sisterhood. All of these new members bring different things to the table, and most of them are freshman. Coming to TCU as an out of state freshman, I was crazy nervous; I think we all were. We were just looking for someone, or something, to guide us. A lot of freshmen find that guidance in a sorority. With that being said, there are still a lot of things that I wish I had known as a freshman that I didn’t really learn until I was at the end of my second semester looking back.

  1. Do everything. And when I say do everything, I mean take every single opportunity you possibly can. Study as hard as you can. Go to as many social events as you can. Put yourself out there! Ask that cute boy in your class to Victory, ask that older girl in your sorority to hang out, branch out from the people you know from home. Seriously, this is the year to do it.
  2. Study hard. Remember what I said above? Yes college is fun, yes I am a big advocate of being extremely social, but you are here to get a degree. Have a ton of fun and make a ton of memories, but don’t forget to study a little bit (or maybe a lot) along the way.
  3. Talk to older girls. So you got to school, joined this sorority of 200+ girls, and at first it can be hard to make friends. I felt the same way. Talk to sophomores, we’re little hunting and we want to meet as many of ya’ll as possible! Talk to the juniors, they’re about to be grandbigs and are starting to feel kind of old. Talk to the seniors, they’ve been in this amazing organization for going on 4 years; they have great advice and crazy fun stories, you can learn a lot from them.
  4. It’s okay to be homesick. Some people get really well adjusted really fast, and that’s great for them! I know I was one of those people, but my best friend was not. Freshman year is a crazy whirlwind, and its okay to miss home a little bit, whether you’re from Fort Worth or from out of state.
  5. People are going to change, and that’s okay. College is a place not only to get that degree I talked about earlier, but also to figure out who you are. I’m a sophomore, and I’m still working on it, but I know that the woman I am now is very different from the girl I was on the first day of freshman year. Your friends at other schools are going to change; your friends you went to college with are going to change, and its all okay. A lot of times, its even a good thing.

So there you have it. 5 things I wish I had known my freshman year, and 5 things I hope will help this year’s class. Freshman year is one of the best years of your life, you’re going to have more fun then you’ve ever had, make more friends than you could imagine, and make more memories then you even need. You’ll find your best friends and they’ll become your family, and you’ll make a lot of mistakes, but you’ll also have time to learn from those mistakes. Make those memories, make those mistakes, and above all; make the most of your freshman year, because trust me, you’ll miss it when its over.

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