Is your hamper overflowing with clothes from the last two weeks? Have a crap-ton of schoolwork to do? Haven't showered in days? Same, honestly. Welcome to college life.
(Don't worry, I'm all clean now.)
I'm going to share some tips on time management, so you can do all the above mentioned AND have time to breathe (whoa!).
The laundry room at Purchase is Hell. It's hot, underground, and no one has respect for you down there. Some people are plain rude, just like in an everyday setting, however there's an abundance of "rude" in the laundry room. Some people take your laundry out of the dryer, when there's at least 20 minutes left, and place it on top of the dryer (if you're lucky), and proceed to use it. I've seen it happen, and it happened to me before. Don't put off your laundry, because it'll only accumulate and be more of a hassle.
Who has time to do schoolwork when there's so much to do on campus? Especially at Purchase, there's always something going on. But keep that in mind! THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING AND IT WILL COME BACK! There will always be a show to see or a game to go to, but remember why you're there in the first place. Remember what you're working towards.
And what about that showering thing? I used to shower every night before going to bed. Now, I shower at four in the afternoon because it's the only time I can. I'm serious! If I showered in the morning it means I would have to wake up earlier, and who wants to do that? I'm already losing sleep as it is. Plus, at four no one is on my floor anyway, so I can daydream and sing all I want in the shower without having to rush.
College is hard, and I thought I could handle balancing everything, but it's tough. Tougher than I thought. (It's been two months now??) Not the work itself, the AMOUNT I get. On top of that, showering, eating, laundry, and relaxing.
Sometimes, you need a day. Pamper yourself. Stay in and just dance around your dorm. Go for a walk. Write a novel. Find an activity that takes your mind off of everything for a while, but make sure you're ready to get out there again!
If you have a calendar, mark the day you want to do some housekeeping. Then make like Shia LaBeouf and "JUST DO IT!"
So, It's been almost two months since I've been at SUNY Purchase, and I've realized a few things:
1. There's a lack of air conditioning here.
Come on New York, we know you have the money to cool off the freshman dormitories. None of them have air conditioning by the way, and it gets incredibly hot in my room, which may get me through the winter. But seriously, I'd like to know why I'm still SWEATING in OCTOBER. Sometimes it's too hot for pants, and too cold for shorts. Thanks, global warming.
2. I'm still getting the hang of my meal plan
It's official. I've spent all my flex points on useless crap. For those of you who are confused, flex points are these magical dollars that help you out if you go over on a meal. (You may have something similar at your college too) Let's look at it like this: A meal equivelency, which means a meal that's purchased outside of the dining hall, is six dollars. We have a food court that we call "The Hub" and a really nice vegetarian café called Terra Ve (where you can usually find me), and we have a Starbucks (eeep!). If I were to go to the Hub and get a chicken sandwich, fries, a bottle of water, and an apple, that would count as one meal. But let's say I want chips too, or a Kit Kat bar or something extra. The flex points help me out. After a while, I got the hang of it...you know, until I ran out.
3. I've met some really cool people
I have a group of friends here that I met within the first week. I was late to the party in a way, because a good 50% of the group met each other at Orientation over the summer. But I was quickly accepted into what we deemed the "Pajamafia". My roommates were really cool too. There were three of us in a dorm that's meant for two people. We call these wonderful things "converted triples". Sadly, one of my roommates left and went to the nicer res hall on the farside of the campus (conveniently named "Farside"). So now it's just me and one other girl. She's super cool though. All the upperclassmen are so welcoming too. It's not like high school where the seniors shove the freshman in lockers and stuff. They realize, "hey, we're all adults here, and we've been in your shoes. Let me help you with all the useless junk in your car you're probably going to take back anyway." Yes, some of them were nice enough to help me and my mom carry crap up to the second floor of my res hall on move-in day. Fun Fact: none of the freshman res halls have elevators. None.
4. I'm homesick...
Yep. I miss my bed. I miss my mom. I miss actual food. I miss my friends from home too, and I miss not having to lock my bedroom door if I wanted to take a shower or use the bathroom. I also miss baking, A LOT. I make pretty awesome oatmeal raisin cookies...not to brag or anything. At least, if I wanted to go home for a weekend, I'm only an hour away. But, even with feeling all of this...
5. I've never felt so at home
Purchase is a great school, and I knew it was for me when I stepped on campus in July 2014, then once I came back in February for an interview where they told me the best news ever: "You've been accepted to SUNY Purchase!" I couldn't wait to start. Everyone is extremely welcoming and accepting here, which is great. I think their motto, "Think Wide Open" is my favorite thing, and they really live up to it.
Now that I've been here for over a month, I'm super pumped to see what the rest of the year has in store. We've got some great events, including Fall Fest in November, and Culture Shock come springtime. And there's a show almost every weekend at the Performing Arts Center (where I work which is really really cool!). The clubs are rather interesting too, and incredibly unique. We have Nerf Club, Improv Club, Stand-Up Club, and, my personal favorite, Cheese Club. Yes, we have a Cheese Club. Purchase is rather awesome, to say the least, and I'm so happy here. I'm always talking about my school, because I'm so proud of it and what it stands for. Nothing can match what I feel when I'm here. It's a sense of...belonging.