How's life as a college freshman?

Was a college freshman almost 10 years ago.....

Curious to know, how is life as a college freshmen now? 

Hear there's more girls than guys in college? Is it easier to pick up chicks/have sex?

Greek life is losing prominence? Not socially acceptable to be part of one given SJW trends? 

What careers do freshmen aspire to go into? Finance med and law were very popular when I started school. Medicine was especially popular given we were in a recession (people were risk averse). Guessing the best and the brightest  go into comp sci/FAANG? 

Is it easier to get a higher GPA given online learning, etc.?  

How's the drug scene? Cocaine wasn't too popular when I was in college, unless you were super wealthy. Hear its a big thing now among all social classes? 

Are friend groups still segregated among social classes/ethnicities/etc.? What about dating? 

What percentage of your class is LGBTQ? Heard Yale is close to 30%? 

I remember college being incredibly stressful given we were coming out the great recession. We had quite a few suicides in my class. What are stress levels like now? 

Anything else I'm missing? Curious to know about other trends. 

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Sep 14, 2021 - 6:10pm

That's so cringe. Glad I went to a school with little to no fraternity presence. Getting laid here is a complete meritocracy. If you're not retarded, somewhat funny, and hit the gym you'll get laid. No need to audition for these gay clubs (and then pay to join lmao), get pressured to do drugs and get alcohol poisoning, and talk to shallow girls that offer nothing beyond surface level. Not to mention your chances of getting accused for sexual assault increase exponentially once you join. Cheers mate. 

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Sep 17, 2021 - 2:47am

As someone who was big into greek life I hear what you're saying but that's super Animal House kind of vibes. Most good fraternities will yes have tons of partying with drinking and extracurrics as you mentioned but beyond that, it's what you make of it. You can make some of the closest friendships in your life with both your brothers and sorority girls you're close to as well as get exposed to a wide variety of people you otherwise wouldn't have ever talked to if you hadn't joined. 

And to your point on being accused of sexual assault, yes certain orgs are prone to that but you can definitely 1) steer clear of the guys who do that kind of thing and 2) not be a creep who is an "at risk" guy of assaulting or violating women and it likely won't happen to you.

All I'm trying to say is that yes greek life can get a bad rep but it doesn't need to be that way. Make your own decisions at the end of the day and they will dictate what actually happens to you.

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  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Sep 14, 2021 - 6:16pm

Dude, you literally go to Alabama. Recognized the anon profile. I don't think that frat stuff's normal. Not all of us go to schools like that, especially those that go to targets.

Sep 14, 2021 - 6:45pm

Much harder to get girls/pussy these days because guys have to be careful of not getting #MeToo (one accusation, you may get kicked out, and your life is ruined), and now 2) COVID makes going to parties harder and hooking up with some random chick (fewer parties going on, so opportunity set is lower) 

So glad I didn't have to go through this when I was in college

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Sep 14, 2021 - 7:11pm

Business School in Research - Other

Greek life is losing prominence? Not socially acceptable to be part of one given SJW trends? 

Yes and no. If you go to a school that had prominent greek life historically, then it's still fairly prominent, well at least it was precovid. It's just constantly under attack- at least fraternities are. Everyone has to walk on eggshells with party themes and hazing otherwise you get kicked off pretty quickly. I just graduated, but pre-covid fraternities were constantly getting suspended/at high risk of getting booted. It doesn't help that everyone wants to record everything they do nowadays too. So easy for something that no one would've given a second thought to or even remembered happening ten years ago to now get recorded and blow up the next day. It's honestly pretty ridiculous. 

  • Business School in Research - Other
Sep 15, 2021 - 9:34am

Can get a better variety of perspectives on a message board. 

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Sep 14, 2021 - 9:53pm

As context, I go to a large state school.

Greek life is as prominent as ever; if you are a guy and want to have a good time you have to rush. Hazing is still extremely heinous.

Not hard to have sex.

People do a shit ton of drugs: coke, molly, ketamine, xans etc.

Most Helpful
Sep 15, 2021 - 7:30am

As context, I go to a large state school.

Greek life is as prominent as ever; if you are a guy and want to have a good time you have to rush. Hazing is still extremely heinous.

Not hard to have sex.

People do a shit ton of drugs: coke, molly, ketamine, xans etc.

Everyone is going to have a different experience with fraternity life.  Some are great and some are shit.  I did not have a good experience with it but many of my friends at other schools had a very good experience with it and stayed friends well after college.  The hazing at my fraternity was weird, at least for me.  A good part of the hazing was treating pledges poorly, which just did not feel right to me, so I dropped out.  I stayed friends with the guys in the fraternity, though.   I liked the going out to bars part of it, but that was about it.  And I still went out to bars with the guys even after I dropped.

Way too many guys on this site are afraid of women.  They feel like are going to get me tood by some female who is trying to take down men.  If you do not act like a total a******, you are probably not not going to get me tood.  Some guys have always acted like ********. The only difference now is that some females are calling them out on it.  

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Sep 15, 2021 - 4:17am

Not a freshman (a few years in) in college but can give insights into freshman college.

Girls more than guys: yes but AMERICAN MOVIES LIED IT IS NOTHING LIKE IN THE MOVIES

Drugs: lots of kids in business/finance school thinks it's cool with coke. STEM takes cannabis, etc. Everyone vapes.

LGBTQ: yeah everyone is more open to it

Competitiveness and grades during online study?: Some suffer due to missing out on the college experience (lack of dopamine activities) and plus the pressure of some students that cheats that makes the kids who genuinely want to try feel bad

SAT: was a fucking waste to those who graduated in 2020+

Sep 15, 2021 - 9:10am

From what I can tell as someone that graduated a year ago but hang out or go on dates with a lot of girls who are still in college, everyone is a lot more liberal now. There is a lot of segregation between social classes. It seems like there are a lot more edgy, alternative rich kids these days, but maybe that's just based on my sample size of schools in the city. 

I actually get drinks pretty often with a guy at work who's in his late 20s, and I can see the generational differences. I feel like he came from a simpler time, when dudes could just be dudes.

  • Business School in Research - Other
Sep 15, 2021 - 9:27am

Agreed... been getting a lot of interest from younger women (surprisingly?) in their late teens/early twenties. I'm in my late twenties also right now. 

Heard alot of guys in their early twenties/late teens these days are incredibly insecure, can't talk to girls, have weak erections, are secretly gay, etc. I can't imagine growing up with some of the porn on the internet today, must have really fucked up the minds of the younger men. Something considered hardcore when I was growing up would be "lightspeed girls," and even those videos were pretty edgy at the time. 

We didn't even have tinder or uber until my junior/senior year in college. I guess with all the online dating and communication, men have become weirder in person too. 

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