Category: Freshman Focus

Freshman Focus: 9 things I learned in my first year of college

1. It’s okay to voluntarily change.

I made a conscious effort to be more outgoing and easygoing when I came to college. I introduced myself as Cat, started wearing lots of cat shirts, and let myself laugh when I typically would have suppressed my emotions in the past. Continue reading

An open letter to my first year of college + PLAYLIST

Thinking about extroversion and how much I’ve changed this past year

source: plaaastic

I was perusing Thought Catalog this evening when I saw this article, “What Each Myers-Briggs Type Does If They Like You“. The article reported:

INFP: Writes about you on their secret blog while fantasizing that you’ve been following it all along and will write them back.

Woah. How did the website know?? Have they been watching me since like, junior year of high school? Continue reading

Winter reflection: Why I’m grateful for spring’s arrival

This is the Greek life

sydney white

source: corusent

40%. This is the percentage of students involved in Greek life at Northwestern. Even some of the largest state schools in the South report around 25% of students to be involved in Greek life, but who knows how the number at Northwestern could change in the upcoming years? Continue reading

Freshman Focus: 6 Times I Was Proven Wrong About the “College Experience” In the First Quarter

This article was originally published in the print version of the Northwestern Chronicle!

Before I came to college, my expectations were molded by what my friends told me, what I saw on social media, and what I learned from watching girly movies. I heard stories of late-night pizza and ramen, saw pictures of lavish formals, and learned that sororities were selective and exclusionary.

I also thought that this first quarter was representative of the other eleven or so quarters that would follow, when in reality I may have been duped by the expectations formed in these past few weeks. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Break Thoughts Part 1: Routine, Card Games, and the Old Days

A few months ago, my parents and I were discussing flight schedules; I was adamant about just staying on campus over the two-day break my university had allotted the students.

Those two days don’t justify spending a small fortune for the plane ticket home! I’ll be back home two weeks after Thanksgiving for my Winter break anyways! Other people will definitely be staying on campus for the break too, so I won’t be alone! Continue reading