Freshman year of college is full of struggles- no we're not talking about the long hours spent studying, adjusting to a new area or trying to decide on a major, we're talking about trying to make food without appliances, impressing girls 20 beers deep and finding your way back to your dorm after waking up in an unknown place. Here's freshman year, perfectly summarized in photos.
You're Prepared For Nothing
You're between leaving your parents' house and the "real world", and absolutely prepared for nothing. You don't know how to cook, spending money on things like trash bags is a foreign concept and you're slowly beginning to realize how many things other people took care of for you.
The Dead Give-Away
Anyone can tell a college freshman from a senior. Freshmen are the ones with full-on make-up, a put-together outfit and a friendly smile for the world to see. Seniors, on the other hand, are drained from the experience and have just enough energy to find two socks before making it out the door to class.
Don't Trust Anyone When You Fall Asleep
You thought they were your friends, but as soon as you fall asleep they become your worst enemies. You could have been the nicest guy at the party, but once your eyes shut, you're free game for all and soon learn people bring Sharpies to parties.
You Have No Personal Space
In freshman year, your roommate is most likely assigned, for better or for worse. Eric's roommate didn't bother to move over to his own bed to hook up with a girl, but at least he left a thoughtful apology note for all to see.
You Sleep Anywhere And Everywhere
You gotta make up for all those lost hours of sleep spent partying with some naps during class. Luckily freshmen have the impressive ability to sleep just about everywhere, through just about everything. This professor will either be mad everyone is asleep, or happy they don't have to teach.
The Couch Isn't Safe Though
Sure, sleep through English literature but don't crash out on your buddy's couch. Or even your own couch, for that matter. Passed out on the couch, you're an easy target. There used to be a rule that they could only mess with you if you left your shoes on, but now it's pretty much open season.
Cooking Skills Are At An All-Time Low
Of course, you don't have pots and pans, you didn't think about these things as you left your parents' house, which is stocked full of everything you could possibly need. Now you're on your own, and there's no way you're going to spend $10 on a strainer when you have a perfectly good tennis racket right there.
That's Stupid... My Turn!
Getting drunk and doing stupid things goes hand in hand, especially now that there's no curfew and no parental supervision. College freshman come up with the stupidest ways to entertain themselves, and somehow you can't help but participate every time. It's always fun trying to piece last night together finding bruises and broken beer bottles the next morning.
Sneak Things From The Cafeteria Or Starve
When you're down to $13 for the next month, going to the grocery store simply isn't the option. Freshman go to great lengths to sneak whatever food and drinks they can out of the cafeteria and back into their dorm room without anyone noticing. This girl is going big, coming up on a gallon of milk.
How To Bring Beer Into Class
90 minutes is way too long to go without beer, so it's best to plan ahead when you have to sit through a lecture. This student slipped the skin off a Coke can and covered up his beer. You only wish you had thought of it first.
Your Furniture Consists Of Whatever You Can Find
As mentioned, college freshmen have no money, especially for anything practical. That means your room or house is left unfurnished until someone leaves something on the side of the street, or a friend is moving out of their place. These college students repurposed some airline chairs for their patio furniture and have zero regrets.
Toilet Paper On Lockdown So Students Can't Steal
Speaking of not spending money on practical things, it's a common campus curse that students tend to steal the toilet paper from the bathrooms on campus. This campus janitor decided enough was enough and furnished a lock on the toilet paper dispenser. Time to downgrade to the napkin dispenser at the coffee shop.
It's Impossible To Find Parking. This Guy Figured It Out
Even if you're paying a pretty penny to park on campus, there's never any parking remotely close to your class, and everyone seems to pull in at the same time, last minute. This guy got clever with a sign offering to drop you at your car for a parking spot.
Beware Of The Frat House
A horrified parent snapped this photo while cruising by the college frat house. Freshmen are young, horny, and pretty much have no shame, which is an entertaining and dangerous combo. These guys really want to meet girls and we're guessing they're not looking to bring them home to meet the parents.
Know Your Place In Lecture
The beautiful part about lecture halls is that professors never tell you to put your laptop away. That means you can do whatever you want on your laptop while you get that attendance credit. Here's a correct sample of what actually goes on, on those silver screens.
Girls Wear Sweatpants. All. The. Time.
A few semesters into college, freshmen girls start to figure out that they can wear sweatpants every day... and then they do. This is a sad time for the college guys, who now have no eye candy on campus while the girls realize that college life just got more awesome.
You're Broke And That's How It Goes
When you're in college, you don't have nice things, and that's just the way it goes. Necessities don't seem that necessary, and the bare minimum works just fine. Everyone's standards drop and you make the most of what you have. The rest of the world doesn't understand, but that's okay, because you're in your college bubble.
Cards Against Humanity Knows
The world is your oyster! Your Instagram account is legendary and you've finally escaped your dreaded hometown. Too bad you're totally broke with no relief in sight, but hey, that's college life! At least you're not the only one, right? Misery loves company.
Taking Out The Trash Is Totally Optional
Having more than one roommate means that there's absolutely no accountability, therefore you don't have to worry about anything. No one can say you've never taken out the trash, because you can always blame it on Phil, Jack, or Steven. And so it piles to the ceiling in a trashy Jenga sort of way until you're not even mad, you're impressed.
Sounds About Right
One great talent of college freshmen is that they're very resourceful. In fact, with laziness reaching an all-time high, creativity comes into play and you can come up with a million excuses not to leave your dorm and go do the practical thing, like buying a microwave.