College is supposed to be fun,
May 5, 2009 | When I woke up on a recent Friday morning,
I had no idea what was ahead of me. My weekend wasn't
planned and I thought it was going to be another fall-asleep-to-a-movie-at-11:00
p.m. weekend. Little did I know that I was going to
become a True Aggie, crowd surf at the dance on the
Quad, have a mani-pedi-facial night with a gay guy and
not get a wink of sleep.
These activities sound pretty typical of a young,
college student, especially at Utah
State University. My philosophy is that the most
memorable weekends are the weekends with nothing really
planned. Those are the times when random and exciting
things happen that probably wouldn't have happened otherwise.
First thing, you've moved away from home to become
independent, right? Then, you'll probably want to stay
away from home as much as possible. Going home too much
causes you to miss things going on in the college atmosphere,
especially on the weekends. It's important to feel connected
to things, and that happens mostly on the weekends.
Next, immerse yourself in the college environment.
One of the biggest mistakes I see is someone "hiding"
out in their apartment just waiting to be invited to
something. That's going about things the wrong way.
If you're not having a good time, then it's probably
your fault. It may be uncomfortable to talk to people
you don't know, but that's how you meet people. The
more you meet people, the more comfortable you'll feel
in your new environment.
College is all about having fun, right? The key to
that is spontaneity. Be open to anything and be willing
to try something new. You might discover something you
really like this way. Don't let judgments stop you from
doing anything. An activity your parents might consider
to be completely crazy and random could be relatively
normal to you.
Take the initiative when it comes to deciding what
to do. The most common, and also the most annoying,
question is "What do you want to do tonight?" If you
want to do a specific activity, round up some people
to make it possible. Prevent having the answer to that
question be "I don't know" because that doesn't get
anyone very far.