The first year of college is like a terrifying yet enlightening whirlwind where you feel as if you’ve learned a lot, but in ways haven’t learned anything at all. We come into college with this predetermined notion of how things should be and how we should behave, only to have the rug pulled out from under us.
Amidst all of this uncertainty, we tend to make decisions that don’t completely embody who we are as a person. We either repeat them or learn very quickly that there is a very distinct line between “having fun” and “yeah, that could probably get me arrested.”
First-year mistakes are a rite of passage, like graduating from high school or getting your first job. We asked a selection of students ranging from sophomore year to senior year what their first-year mistakes were and here's what we got:
"Not knowing whether or not to say thank you the second time when someone holds both doors of the library open for you....still unsure of this"
"My first class freshman year was an 8 a.m. in Graham Memorial. I used my map and accidentally went to Graham Dorm. I was 15 minutes late and it was a really small class and it was terrible."
"Forcing myself to fit into UNC stereotypes thinking it'd be the only way to have friends"
"Joining activities I didn’t actually like because I thought a guy would like me more"
"Staying together with my high school boyfriend who went to a different school"
"Staying together with my high school boyfriend who went to the same school"
"A mistake I made was not going to as many sporting events. I didn't realize how they help the Carolina community come together and show our passion for our school"
"Forgetting that the salad dressing at Rams is a lot better than Lenoir"
"Raising my hand to ask if I could go to the bathroom in a 300+ person lecture hall"
“If you use the wrong set of stairs in Phillips, you can’t make it to third floor.”