By Meghan '12 | February 27, 2012
I just recently realized that there is very little time left until spring break. Yessssssssss. I know I am falling deep into the pit of senioritis because ANY mention of a day off gets me super pumped. Anyways, today while having lunch with a friend, I realized that I can read people pretty well. Looking around the lunchroom I saw some very definitive signs that a person might be a freshman. Here are my insights:
The Top 5 Signs You Might Be a Freshman:
5) You are still studying your original major: Most students change their major, I myself have done it about 3 times! If you haven’t changed your major yet, it is very possible it’s because it’s your first year here. This may be hard to believe, but the majority of hard science majors that start here end up switching to something else. Almost all biology, chemistry, and physics majors I knew at the start of their freshmen year at Canisius have completely changed their life plan. However, I understand a lot of students do stick with their original major, thus why this is only number 5. It’s just a possible warning sign!
4) All of your classes are way too hard or way too easy: For you, college wasn’t what you expected because either it’s too hard or too easy. Sad news is, either way, your grades will probably still stink by the end of your first semester. Why? Because this isn’t high school. Professors grade differently than teachers. If you think you’re classes are way too hard, your grade will show your struggle. If your classes are way too easy, you’re missing something and will no doubt be surprised when you didn’t land a 4.0. All I know is, you should save the rest of us from hearing about it.
3) You like to loudly discuss your weekend habits OR host “intellectual” debates: The fact of the matter is, freshmen are trying to appear as cool as possible to everyone around them. To them, it may be discussing how crazy their weekend was or it might be trying to show off how smart they are. Either way, they do it LOUDLY. It’s as if they need the whole room to know everything passing through their brain. If they aren’t discussing all of the houses and dorm rooms they hit up last night, they are talking about how their philosophy class opened their eyes and mind. I understand you either lost or gained a variety of brain cells recently, but we don’t need to lose ours while you destroy our ear drums!
2) You either eat in a giant herd or completely alone (in a really awkward way): As a freshman, you can’t enjoy solitude. Therefore, you make up for it by being surrounded by 800 people at mealtime. I saw a group of freshies today at Subway who had to pull over about 5 extra chairs at one of those little round tables that fit 4. So concerned with making and keeping friends, freshman would rather have lunch in their lap than have to be segregated from the group. Which brings the second half of the title in: awkwardly eating alone. Most other undergrad years can eat alone and not do the awkward “I’ll-keep-looking-around-hoping-someone-I-know-will-walk-in”, lost bunny stare. Worse yet is the “Maybe-someone-new-and-cool-will-approach-me-just-like-the-movies” stare. It doesn’t really happen, peeps, thus why upperclassmen don’t have those hopeful/hopeless faces when dining alone. We’re cool with being alone; we already have friends to hang out with and don’t always need the satisfaction of someone at our side always. So chill bro.
And the number one way I can tell if you’re a freshman…..
1) You look like a baby: Well, I never thought you could tell when I entered Canisius, but you totally can…all of you freshmen look like babies. In your faces, your bodies, the way you walk and talk. You definitely give the “young” vibe and I can almost smell your fear from across the room. I know I can’t exactly be one to talk, considering I look about 5 years younger than I am, but you baby faces stick out like a sore thumb. Sorry, I guess you can’t really help this one unless you grow a beard (that goes out to the ladies, too). So, get crackin’!
Hope this was insightful and true to some extent. I’m not perfect, but I think I kind of did alright on this one.