Five Things We Wish We Knew as Freshmen


Five Things We Wish We Knew as Freshmen


Freshman year is an intense, overwhelming whirlwind that is both awesomely fun and terribly stressful. The first piece of advice that we can give freshmen is: try not to blink, because it flies by oh-too-quickly. Our other pieces of advice are a bit easier to follow. Here are a few beads of wisdom we wish we knew going into our first year at Penn:

  • Wawa is not the only place to grab a quick bite! Philadelphia has some amazing and unique food options. Try the food carts and nice late night restaurants, and save Allegro’s for 3:00 a.m., when you don’t want to venture too far from campus.
  • If you think you might want to rush, start mentally planning your sorority rush wardrobe now. Because it’ll matter– a lot. Get ready to over-analyze what is considered “semi-formal” or “conservative” or “relaxed casual, but I’m not a slob I swear” or “I promise I don’t dress trashy.” Figure out how to make your closet work for rush now, and work on your girl flirting later.
  • Take advantage of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s convenient, geographic proximity to New York City is too good to pass up! Book a Megabus ticket, and explore Soho. Last Year, I went from my Geology lecture at noon to interviewing Penn student and model Nick Hissom at New York Fashion Week by happy hour.
  • If you don’t know what to “bursar” something means yet, you should. Buying things with bursar, at the Penn Bookstore or Houston Market, for example, essentially means you are using a line of credit, and the charge will appear on your Penn bill at the end of the month. It’s a convenient way to buy things now and then pay later (or con your parents into paying for it later, that is).
  • Don’t pretend you’re an athlete to get away with wearing sweatpants to class. This is the city, people! What you wear on school days does matter, but it’s not difficult to get a chic look with minimum effort. And don’t forget… we’re watching you 😉

And the last bit of advice? Religiously check to get through each day.

 – Bridget McGeehan


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