Reality sunk in for me as my parents idled their car in front of the gates of Trinity, threw my backpack out the window and sped off. That was the moment when I officially became a college first year I soon realized that I have bigger issues than choosing between Whataburger and Cane’s. Don’t get me wrong, I have truly enjoyed my first week on campus, especially all of the free WiFi, but these are just my top 10 “transitional difficulties,” otherwise known as first- year problems.
1. A bad Tiger Card photo: As if I haven’t suffered through enough frizzy-haired, brace-faced yearbook photos, my lack of photogeneity has clearly followed me to Trinity.
2. Forced socialization: This is college, not speed dating. Let me get back to my dorm watching Netflix alone with my pita chips.
3. Remembering people’s names: I have met half of the world’s population in the past week. I can’t even remember my own name now.
4. Getting lost: I got so lost my first day on campus I almost ended up back home in Houston. Nevertheless, I refuse to be that first year carrying a map to class.
5. Walking/sitting alone: I spent the whole summer alone in my room, you’d think I’d be used to it by now.
6. Unlocking my dorm: This is the 21st century. Why are we still using medieval keys to open dorm rooms? On average, it takes me 38 tries to successfully unlock my door.
7. The Stairs: I’ve spent more time face planted on the concrete than anywhere else on campus. Thank you, Cardiac Hill.
8 Laundry: Unless I shrink three and a half feet or loose 92.7% of my body weight, I’m going to have to buy myself a new wardrobe since completing my first load of laundry.
9. The freezer: How does Trinity expect me to store my roommate’s body in such a small freezer?
10. Homesickness: It’s hard to choose what I miss most about home, but I’d have to say it’s either my dog or the walking distance from my house to McDonald’s.
Julie Robinson is an undecided major.