OP/ED What Every Freshman Should Know – La PRAIRIE

Making the choice to move away from home and settle on a university campus is a major life choice to make. There are quite a few things students need to know when they come to college.

Here are a few things every freshman should know as a senior at West Texas A&M University.

Your peers know if you take a shower.

It may be self-explanatory, but by walking around campus, people can tell if you know how to shower or not. Moving to college can be overwhelming. Taking a hot shower can lead to some relaxing alone time and can help your mental health.

Living in the dorms means you’ll be sharing a space that accommodates all types of people. To avoid potential infection, purchase shower shoes to protect your feet in showers.

It is very important to choose a washcloth, loofah or bath net to lather up your body. Using your hands is not enough if you want to avoid any rumors surrounding your cleanliness. Whether you take a hot or cold shower, you should take at least one shower a day.

Laundry is much more difficult to do yourself.

Some people, when they come to college, have never done laundry in their life. Choosing the right detergent is more important than fabric softener, scent beads, dryer sheets or other cleaning supplies.

Finding time to wash your mountain of clothes is also difficult to accomplish with busy school and work schedules. Going down to the laundry room at Founders or Centennial Hall on Saturday or Sunday won’t be a good option since most people use the weekend to do their chores. Mondays and weekdays will be your best bet for easy access to available washers and dryers.

The washer and dryer sit fully loaded on a Sunday afternoon in Jarret Hall. (August 28, 2022) (Marcus Rogers)

Most importantly, set a timer. The other students won’t wait for you to remember to move your clothes. We are not your parents.

It is normal to prioritize sleeping at night rather than going out on the town.

Living alone is difficult, but can be liberating. However, it is recommended that students get a full eight hours of sleep at night, as sleep is important for mental and physical health.

Friends and co-workers will have many different ways of trying to get you out of your dorm room or study hall and up to guitars and Cadillacs on college night, Bodegas, or even a night of worship at the Wesley.
Life only comes once, but being in college is a choice and degrees require a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Make time for the important things in life.

College is a fast time in your life. It doesn’t matter if you study for four years or more, like me. Live your life to the fullest and have late nights, but not all the time.

Don’t hesitate to get involved in extracurricular activities. Go to the event on campus. Explore the Palo Duro Canyon. Visit the Amarillo Art Museum. Do things that require you to leave your dorm.

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