When I imagined college, I wasn’t thinking of snowy Ohio winters, colonial style buildings and rolling hills. I wasn’t sporting the classic green and white and I had no idea who Rufus was. When people said, “F–k Miami,” I wondered what an Ohio college could have against Florida.
According to a quick poll on my twitter, OU was the first choice for about 45 percent of participants. I did not fall under that category.
If you would have asked me during my senior year of high school, I was bound for The University of Texas in Austin — until I saw the bill.
So, coming to OU was my only choice, and for a while, I let that bother me. It took me a while to find my feet and fall in love with being a Bobcat.
Here’s five things that helped me — and hopefully will help you — fall in love with a second choice college.
1) Get involved
When you feel like one of the only freshmen who doesn’t want to be in college, it can be hard making friends. Find a club or group on campus who share your interests. I found some of my best friends after joining The Post. Remember, it’s the people who make the memories, not the place.
2) Stop calling you mom
Yes, mom’s voice is always comforting. Yes, mom has been making you feel better about things for the last 18 years. But, it’s also mom’s job to do that, so she won’t tell you that you have to accept the situation you’re in and stop calling her.
Anyways, your mom isn’t going to come back and pick you up (I asked), so stop trying.
Taking a step away from mom is taking a step into being independent, which is essential for succeeding in college. Once you stop calling mom to talk about your problems, you can start finding friends to talk to.
3) Go to a Bobcat’s game
Sportsball may not be your thing, but something about standing in a sea of green and yelling builds up team spirit. And if you’re not particularly interested in watching football, the Marching 110 will get you fired up about being a Bobcat.
4) Explore Athens
I grew up in a town with two stoplights, so Athens was an upgrade for me. But for you city-dwellers, small-town Appalachia can be a shock. Believe it or not, Athens has a bunch of gems hidden just around the corner. Take a day to explore the Ridges or hike around Stroud’s Run. Hit up every shop up town. You’ll be surprised at all of the kitchy, Athens-esque things you find.
5) Get out of your dorm
Some of the most fun events in Athens are held outside of your dorm (can you imagine that?). So, instead of sitting inside on a Saturday afternoon marathoning Netflix, go out and enjoy one of the many events Athens is famous for: Halloween, Fests, International Street Fair, Humans versus Zombies, karaoke nights, house parties, ect.