When starting your first year of college, everything is new and scary.
You don’t know where your classes are or what ‘Club Milner’ is. You haven’t yet found your niche in your quickly developing college life, and the last thing you want to do is stand out from the crowd.
As a freshman, you may be wondering why people keep smirking as they walk past you, or maybe even laughing outright. You glance down at yourself, wondering if you unknowingly added a spot of French dressing to your outfit at lunch, but all you see is your brand new ID lanyard swinging securely from your neck. Everything seems to be in order.
Many upperclassmen can tell you that this is your first mistake. For some reason, during the first few weeks of school new students take a leave of their senses and think that their shiny new ID doubles as a stylish accessory.
“I wore my ISU lanyard to a party and had my ID on it!” JonTaye’ Bonds, a senior psychology major, said. “It was a big mistake! Everyone there definitely knew I was a freshman.”
Here at ISU, we love school spirit, and you can spot hundreds of people sporting Redbird clothing every day. But on the very first day of school, it’s not really necessary to wear your ISU T-shirt, with your Redbird hoodie to match. If you’re in the classroom, your peers will probably figure out that you go to school here.
“Some of the freshmen go over the top with ISU pride,” Bonds said. “Don’t get me wrong, I love my school, but I do own other clothes.”
If we’re being honest, one of the most exciting things about college is the parties. You meet new people, get the lay-of-the-land, and finally start feeling like you’re getting the real college experience.
But think twice about what you wear out at night to save yourself from possible embarrassment and awkward situations.
“Most of the time, people dress inappropriately at night,” sophomore accounting major, Frankie Vega says.
“Girls go out and want to look hot so they wear super short dresses that are skin tight. It’s kind of a weird thing to wear in someone’s apartment.”
Ladies, you may look like a movie star in that body-con dress and five-inch heels, but chances are, no one else at the party you are heading to will be dressed like they are going to a homecoming dance.
Often times when girls clomp into a party dressed to the nines everyone assumes they are a freshman or even still in high school. And when you’re stumbling across the room because heels and carpeting don’t mix, people are going to stare at you for the wrong reasons.
Leave the heels at home, because party hopping involves a lot of walking.
And let’s be real. You’re going to end up carrying those shiny new pumps anyway and arriving to the party with black feet, which is most likely not the look you were going for.
You may be thinking: Why can’t I look like a freshman? I am a freshman!
Being a freshman isn’t a bad thing, but as a freshman you have a lot to learn about college life and the party scene; it comes with the territory. But broadcasting it makes you an easy target. If everyone can see that you’re young and maybe a little naive, you can easily be taken advantage of.
“A lot of guys go after freshman girls. They are targeted more than older girls, because they don’t know any better,” Vega said.
If you are an offending freshman, no worries, we’ve all been in your shoes.
Just think twice about what you’re wearing before leaving your dorm room, and before you know it you will be a sophomore giving this advice to a new set of incoming kids who are just trying to fit in.