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What to Expect on Your First Day of College

First day jitters.
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You prepare your things the night before, and your heart flutters because tomorrow is finally going to be the start of something new. If you're like most students, you've decided that college is going to be a fresh start for you. You've already imagined yourself turning over a new leaf. You'll be leaving your awkward high school self in the past. Adios. You're ready to experience the college bloom.

The thing is, there are some things that might surprise you once you step into college grounds. You'll have to figure out whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. First of all, the sheer amount of people is going to be overwhelming. Let's say there were only a handful of you from your old school who decided to enter the same university or college. The moment you walk around campus, the sea of unfamiliar faces can be kind of intimidating. You'll have to brace yourself because just the environment alone is going to blow your mind. You knew beforehand that it would wind up this way, but nothing, I repeat, nothing will prepare you for it.

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Speaking of college grounds, it doesn't matter if you're holding the map of your university like Dora the Explorer. The struggle is going to be real. Even if you're already quite familiar with the buildings you're supposed to go to, there's still that question of finding the right classroom. The last thing you want happening to you on your first day of college is entering the wrong room. And trust us, it happens. If there's an opportunity for you to explore your campus on your own before school even starts, do it. It won't hurt to find out beforehand the ins and outs of the school. You don't want to be one of those freshmen who block the way trying to figure out where your next class is. That's just as bad as those people who play Pokemon Go and cause traffic in corridors.

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Another thing you'll notice in college is that you won't really need to bring as much as you thought you needed—especially on the first day of school. It's not like elementary or high school where you're required to lug a heavy load of school materials on the first day. You won't really be needing those 10 notebooks and bundle of colored markers, when all your professor's going to do is introduce his or herself to the class. Don't stress yourself out so much about the things you need to bring to school. It's similar to traveling abroad. Pack light, and only bring the essential. One of the most common realizations on the first day of college is that you over prepared a bit too much.

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Being an eager beaver freshman, your first day might not be as exciting as you expect it to be. For other people, the first day of college is just like any other day. You'll eventually fall into the rhythm as well, but don't be too surprised when people don't share your level of excitement or dread. Your professors might appear nonchalant, but they're actually not. They have already gone way past those first day jitters, and so will you. College will indeed be a new chapter in your life, and your eventful first day will be the first page on it.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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