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Leaving for college can be terrifying. You've got all these expectations from movies, friends and your older brother, but odds are you'll have no idea what you're doing once you get there, and that can lend itself to some pretty big missteps. If you want to remember your freshman year for the right reasons, avoid these idiotic behaviors...
1. Trying too hard to impress everyone
One of the beautiful things about college is that it's a great time to reinvent yourself, but don't try to be the big man on campus the first day. Your school already has popular dudes; they're called seniors. Just be who you are, instead of trying to get attention with loud fashion choices or smug displays of intellectual superiority. Desperately trying to make everybody think you're awesome guarantees you'll be the furthest thing from it.
2. Drinking your way into the E.R.
For most freshmen, collegiate freedom tastes a lot like a keg. Sure, this is the greatest time ever to party, but the key is moderation -- unless you're super into having a big gut, spending your Sunday mornings apologizing for stuff you don't remember, and getting your stomach pumped while racking up a hospital bill that rivals your annual tuition.
3. Drinking your way into the tattoo parlor
Sure, you love Bruno Mars, but maybe you won't want his face covering your back when you're 40? School is all about preparing for your future, and that's especially important when it comes to ink. Choose your tattoos wisely: No girls' names, no girls' faces. (Except for that one of the naked lady playing poker -- you're always gonna love that.)
4. Flunking out
With all the drinking and sex on your schedule, actually going to class can be an afterthought. It might seem badass to get kicked out of school for partying too hard, but you won't feel too killer when you're earning minimum wage. Your philosophy should be "work hard, play hard," which means occasionally putting the Natty Light down and opening that biology textbook. (Hey, you might find some magical things in there -- like pictures of vaginas!)
5. Never leaving campus
Sure, your dorm room might have a fridge full of beer and the sweetest Bob Marley poster around, but open your world up to things going on outside of college life -- especially if you're in a big city with plenty of culture -- and you'll discover wonders you never knew existed. Like bars full of beer and even sweeter Bob Marley posters.