Long Distance Relationships

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Dear Freshmen, Seemingly endless amounts of homework, the stress of the college application process, and the impending doom of adulthood was enough to make my hair fall out during my senior year of high school. Senior year was a busy time, but the support from my boyfriend was an immense help. Back home, loved ones would chip away at our relationship and say that our relationship would never surpass the tests of college. Many of the comments that I received from my friends and family were variations of  “Don’t let your college experience be defined by this relationship.” This nugget of advice was usually followed by a reason that I should break up with my boyfriend. They worried that I would not be able to have the “true college...

Destiny USA

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Dear Freshmen, When I went to Destiny for the first time, I was expecting a Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and/or Neiman Marcus. Destiny USA Mall, although large, did not carry nearly as many big name department stores as I had expected. Needless to say, I had no difficulty finding the brand name styles that would transform me into a mirror image of the fashionable “it” girl I had seen all around SU’s campus. I did not have to be on campus for long before I could pinpoint the latest trends. This fall, undergraduates are sporting mirrored Ray Bans (aka “hater blockers”), ripped boyfriend jeans, patterned harem pants, and graphic tops. So, if you already own any of these pieces, congratulations! If your baby face does not give it away...

10 Worries All Freshmen Had Their First Two Weeks of College

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As told by GIFs and pictures. 1. How will I ever defeat my crippling anxiety about every single aspect of these next four years?   2. And let’s talk about the unshakeable worry if I will ever make friends, “fit in,” and never have to eat lunch alone again   3. Why, when searching for my classes, does every single building have to look exactly the same?! No, but really.   4. What if the only way I can survive my classes and subsequent long-nights is with copious amounts of Advil and Dunkin Donuts coffee?   5. I will never overcome my nostalgia for mom and dad’s homemade meals that, just weeks ago, were terribly taken for granted. Never, ever.   6. So, am I supposed to document every single moment of my...

OrangeSeeds offers freshmen chance to volunteer, gain leadership experience

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So you got to campus, found how to get to all of your classes, took a roomie picture before going out and did your dreaded laundry.  Now it’s time to get involved in campus life. Ever heard of OrangeSeeds?  Most freshmen recognize the name, but few have any idea as to what the program actually is.  OrangeSeeds is a small first-year organization that encourages their Seeds to become actively involved in the community through leadership and community service opportunities.  The Seed class of 25 each year have former Seed upperclassmen as their mentors, which serve them well as Mat Mazer, Co-director of the program, pointed out.  “OrangeSeeds literally made me into who I am today.  My mentor not only helped me through the program...

A Fresh(man) Look at Juice Jam

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It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for: Juice Jam. The first weeks of school can sometimes be overwhelming for freshmen, between new classes and extracurriculars. This stress can be combatted by Juice Jam, which relieves students of their day-to-day activities and allows them to let off steam. Organized by University Union (UU), the official programming board of Syracuse, Juice Jam is a wildly popular music event that students of all grades attend. For upperclassmen, this event serves as an escape from beginning of the year work as well as a place to party with old friends. For freshmen, however, this concert sets the stage for the years to come and gives a taste of the diverse and exuberant Syracuse student population. This year...

10 Things Every Freshman Thought Their First 24 Hours on Campus

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1. Do I want my parents to leave that badly? Yes I’m ready to be on my own, psh! 2. Holy hell, I’m free! This is kind of cool, this idea of being able to come and go whenever I want. 3. UH SO, I’m all unpacked now.. What do I do with myself? Facebook. 4. Are people already making friends and I’m missing out? I can go around and introduce myself to people right? That won’t make me weird, right? 5. What if I sit in my dorm alone the first night here? No, I will find something to do and people to be with, I GOT THIS. 6. I hope I have people to sit with in the d-hall at Brewster. 7. What are college classes like? ~Initiate full on panic~ 8. Not a clue how I’m going to find my classes. Not. A. Clue. 9. Do I look like a typical...

10 Thoughts Every Freshman Had During Move-In Day

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Summer has come and gone and now you’ve arrived at your new home: the residence hall. And yes, this is your first rodeo. You have crammed all of your most valuable belongings into 2-for-1 bins from Target, and honestly, the process was physically and emotionally hectic. Little did you know you’d be even more frazzled and frantic on move-in day, and that this list of things would be running through your mind: 1. Mother is embarrassing me. No. I would not like you to purchase a “Syracuse Mom” T-shirt once this chaos called move-in day terminates. Thanks for checking with me though. 2. Are you, you, or you a potential friend? I’m normal, I swear! 3. So…this is my room now? You just entered a new dimension that unfolds limited...

12 Unexpected Dorm Necessities

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Hello, fellow freshmen. I am here to quell the fear that you will forget something woefully important to dorm living. This list is not exhaustive, but it is helpful. Unless of course, you are a superior freshman to myself and already have everything on this list. In that case, kudos to you, my friend. Folding Chair Comfy, portable, and easily stored! It provides extra seating for guests or just a change of scenery while studying (or watching Netflix) in your room. On nice days, you can even take it outside to soak up the sun! Folding Chair, DICK’S SPORTING GOODS, $22 Curtains Sadly, dorms at Syracuse do not all come equipped with adequate, if any, window coverings. If you plan on getting any mid-afternoon naps in, then curtains are...

11 things you learn your freshman year of college

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Freshman year is over. We’ve somehow completed all of our finals and end-of-the year projects with only a few panic attacks and lots of caffeine. And whether it was complicated math things or Final Cut Pro X, academically speaking, we’ve (hopefully) learned a lot. But there’s a TON we learned outside of the lecture halls. So here’s an unranked list of the things you learn your freshman year of college:   1. Parties don’t stay open. The first few weeks were straight out of a movie. Open parties everywhere! But then, house and greek parties suddenly became unwelcome to freshmen, and the cold weather welcomed us instead. That is, until we joined Greek life or made upperclassmen friends.   2. Heartbreak happens. Maybe not...

RENT in review

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With over 10 months of recruitment, auditions and rehearsals, First Year Players has transformed Goldstein Auditorium into a 1987 version of New York City; otherwise known as the background for the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical RENT. Written by Jonathan Larson, the famous musical takes a look into the lives of five friends and their bohemian lifestyle. However, the main factor that drove this play to success has been the HIV positive characters which the audience falls in love with through heartfelt, head swigging, comedic, bittersweet songs.   Among the chatter and whispers of excitement sits Eva Boughton, a freshman who anxiously waits for the show to start.   “I don’t want it to be just as good as the movie...