College is great for starting anew, but it’s still a hierarchy. For you freshmen trying to reinvent yourselves, we’ve got some bad news: us seasoned veterans can sniff out freshmen like nobody’s business. The good news? We have the tips, tricks and secrets on how to be peak freshman. Here’s the 8 things to have in your freshman year starter pack:
1. One piece of BU gear
Helpful for when the library needs to identify that you’re a student when you wake up on the third floor of Mugar at 6 a.m.
2. (For men) Pastel-colored shirts and shorts
Combine them, mix it up and throw on a Vineyard Vines long-sleeve T while you’re at it — they’re perfect for boating and walking into the GSU with your squad while dropping mad Dining Points at Panda. Bonus points: Boat shoes for when you go on that yacht you’ll never own.
3. A solid backpack
Hershel’s out, Jansport is always in and a designer backpack will guarantee you enemies, not friends.
4. Your Starbucks order on tap
Keep it on you at all times, like your BU ID, and be ready to say it on command. Don’t be the reason Nancy walks into her 9 a.m. at 9:05 with a grande Caramel Macchiato in her hand.
5. MBTA Card
Pro tip: Always have at least $10 on it so you’re not that annoying person that drags your friends all the way to Kenmore to reload your card when you could’ve hopped on at BU East.
6. Snow shoes
In September? I know, but here’s why: the hottest brands in the snow are L.L. Bean and Timberland. Both stand up to the test but L.L. Bean, especially, prides itself on its handmade products. Therefore it’s best to buy their boots three months before winter hits. You’ll get them in time and if you don’t, there won’t be any good snow shoes left to save yourself. You’ve been warned.
7. Black leggings and yoga pants
For my freshman ladies (and wannabe competitive male runners), listen up. No one in yoga pants does yoga. But everyone in college owns 50 pairs, so get ready for the most comfortable year of your life.
8. A sense of self.
BU is a great place to figure out who you are, but don’t be a sellout. It might seem like your entire floor is going out on Friday night, but if that’s not your scene, know that there’s 4,000 other freshmen who are also staying in. It’s more valuable to spend time venturing out and finding the people who make you a better “you.” Whether it’s an intramural soccer team, a cappella group or philosophy club, take risks and discover what makes you happy — you won’t regret it!