Freshman Year vs. Senior Year

By Fiona Ewing | 9/14/16 9:27am

Well, I’m finally a Dartmouth senior, and my younger brother is finally a freshman (at Princeton though, ew). Talking to him made me realize just how much a person can change during their first three years of college. Leading up to his first day, he claimed that he would never drink coffee. I naively said the same when I entered my freshman year—but then I discovered KAF. Here’s my take on just how different freshmen and seniors really are.

1. Housing
How your room looks as a freshman:

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How your room looks as a senior:

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2. Dating
Freshman: Time to find my rich Ivy League spouse and be set for life!

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Senior: Maybe there’ll be someone cute at work?

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3. Arriving on campus
Arriving on campus your freshman year:

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Arriving on campus your senior year:

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4. Looking for a job
Freshman: A job? You’ve got 4 more years before you have to worry about that.

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Senior: You have a crisis when CPD tells you that “only” 10 percent of seniors have already secured jobs.

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5. Your tolerance for smart people
Freshman: You are super excited to be surrounded by so many smart people.

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Senior: You’re perfectly happy being average. Average is good. Average is great.

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6. Your tolerance for people in general
Freshman: You go to Foco at 6:30 to be seen.

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Senior: You go to Foco at 5 if you even decide to go outside.

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7. Picking classes
Freshman: You have no idea what to take. There are SO many classes to choose from!

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Senior: Nope, median’s too low. Can’t NRO it? There’s nothing for you to take.

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8. Getting dressed
Freshmen: Have to look nice for class. Have to look nice going out.

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Senior: Gym clothes are comfy. And people will think you actually go to the gym.

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9. The number of clubs you sign up for
Freshman: You are on a million Listservs after the Activities Fair.

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Senior: Who needs responsibilities when you can nap instead?

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10. Your ability to get accepted to things
Freshmen: You still can’t believe you got into Dartmouth!

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Senior: At least you got into Dartmouth.

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11. Your feelings about the meal plan
Freshmen: Foco! Foco! Foco!

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Senior: Have you tried everything on the Hop menu yet?

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12. How ready you are to grow up
Freshmen: *Starts first first day of college*

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Senior: *Starts last first day of college*

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Fiona Ewing

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