So, it is your first year at college and you are probably super excited but super nervous. No worries! That’s how it is for everyone. But here is a list of 7 struggles that you will definitely experience during your first year at Virginia Tech.

1. 8 A.M. classes

Having classes at 8 a.m. is something most students should try to avoid. At first you will think “I can get up at 8, no problem”, but once those nights of staying up till 2 or 3 in the morning start kicking in, you’ll just find it nearly impossible to get up by 8.

2. Classes at the Math Emporium

Unless if you are in Calculus Single Variables or some other math class that isn’t at the Empo, you will most likely have a class at the Empo your first year. For every quiz or exam you will have to go the Empo and have it started by a deadline time. Therefore, one must leave campus in order to go Empo, not something that any Virginia Tech student wants to do.

3. Grocery Shopping

As a college student  you have to find other means to eat other than using your meal plan. The closest grocery stores to tech are Krogery (right next to the Math Emporium) or Walmart (in Christiansburg). Regardless which one you go to, you are going to have to take the bus. It’s not fun carrying all of your groceries on the bus, bumping into people or seats with your bags. Especially when one of your bags break…

4. Losing your Hokie P

Let’s just say losing your Hokie P means you’re basically losing a part of you. Your Hokie P is your life. Basically everything you do at tech will most likely require a hokie p, if you don’t have it you’ll be lost without it.  DON’T  LOSE IT! Also it is $25 to replace, if you happen to make the unfortunate mistake of losing it.

5. Going to bed before 2 A.M.

It’s nearly impossible to go bed before 2 A.M , simply because you’re a college student now. Most likely, your earliest class is sometime around 9 or 10.  Therefore, you will either be doing homework or studying all night or literally just messing around till 2 or 3 a.m. This includes finishing that one series on Netflix you don’t even like that much but you rather do that than actually something school related.

6. Center Street

By far one of the most fun place to be at when tailgating for a football game. The reason why this can be a struggle is you never know when a random object may smack you in the face (most likely a beer can).

7. Meal Plan

The food at Virginia Tech is simply amazing. But you will definitely find yourself only having like $100 or so left on meal plan with about a month and a half of the semester left. A tip is to use your meal plan wisely. Stick to mac n’ cheese or ramen noodles in your room on some nights instead of chic fil la or qdoba.

After seeing all of these hardships that most freshman experience at Virginia Tech, your goal now is to try to minimize how often you come across these struggles your first year. GOOD LUCK!

Isiah Boyd

Hi! my name is Isiah Boyd I currently am a freshman at Virginia Tech. I am undecided at the moment, but I plan to major in clinical neuroscience. I enjoy going to the beach and working out.

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