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Top 10 College Life Experiences

Written by: Lindsay Shugerman

August 29, 2011
Filed Under Education, Parenting 

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Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru


It’s finally here! You’re in college!

While you’re busy registering for classes, getting to know your roommates and adjusting to life after high school, be sure to pay attention to some of the great moments you’ll want to remember for years to come.

Here are our top 10 college life experiences worth remembering.

10. First time picking classes


Over the next four years or so, you’ll pick a lot of classes. But that very first time you open your college course catalog, and try to pick from hundreds of incredible choices is one of the most memorable experiences of college life.

Your whole future is there, amid those majors, minors and just-for-the-heck-of-it classes. Wow!

9. First time finding your way across campus


Finding your way around campus can be a challenge, especially if you’re at a big university. But the first time you know exactly where you’re going, how to find the dorm, the library, the bookstore and your next class is the moment you become a real part of the college.

Doesn’t it feel great to finally be able to leave that campus map behind?

8. The first college textbook purchase


All of your years of buying books at the local Barnes and Nobel will not prepare you for the price tag on college textbooks. Who knew a paperback book could cost over $100?

7. First college class


After all the registration hassles, dorm drama, and bookstore tabs that rival the cost of a small car, you’re finally sitting in your very first class. This is it. At that moment, you are really a college student.

6. First college boyfriend or girlfriend


It may be someone you met at a party. Or someone who sits next to you in Psych 101. But sooner or later, you’re bound to meet the person who will become your very first college boyfriend or girlfriend.

Pay attention. No matter how many romances you have during the next four years, this first college love is bound to be one of your most memorable college life experiences.

5. First college party


No more curfews. And a whole room full of people who don’t know you. A chance to put all of your high school social mistakes, embarrassing nicknames and other painful memories behind you, and start fresh.

You’ll remember this one. Trust me! So enjoy and make it a good party.

4. Your first rush


Whether or not you plan to join a fraternity or sorority, you won’t want to miss rush.

Not only will you get a chance to attend some awesome parties, you’ll get to meet lots of your classmates, and make a start on friendships that may last the rest of your life. A must-not-miss college life experience.

3. First roadtrip


The roadtrip is definitely one of the best college life experiences. Just you and few of your buddies piling in the car for a trip to somewhere.

It could be spring break, a weekend at the beach or a few days in the city. Wherever you go, I can promise you one thing. Years from now, this is one of the college life experiences you’re sure to still be talking about.

2. First all-nighter


Yeah, you got the assignment back at the beginning of the semester. But there was just so much going on. Classes, parties, maybe even a job.

And now you have a 10 page research paper due. Tomorrow. Welcome to your first all-nighter.

1. First finals


You know the dream about having to take finals in a class you never attended? Guess what? Your first finals will feel like that even if you haven’t missed a single class.

The good news is you’ll get through them. The bad news is they’ll happen again next semester. Oh well…just another college experience you’ll never forget.



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