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The College Conversation: To see stoked, just check their Facebook statuses

August 28, 2010|By Lisa McLaughlin

Thousands of college freshmen leave home this month, and their Facebook walls are on fire. Within hours, they are changing their current cities of residence: Villanova. New Orleans. Dallas. Berkeley.

Mobile photos are uploaded, changes to their profiles made. No longer are they high school kids. They are now college students, waving their collegiate banners and colors high.

One student's dorm wall proudly showcases a picture of Jim Morrison amid a pink background. I jokingly post on her wall that she should make a college job out of this — advertising her interior decorating skills to other college freshmen.

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Some college freshmen are already getting a real taste of the weather in their college environs. A Tulane freshman writes: "So, so happy and relieved to be here. It's way too humid, and the air feels like a pool at this point, but I have a feeling the next five years will be good."

A Villanova water polo player declares, within hours of arriving: "Pouring rain in summer? I need to get used to this East Coast weather."

They are wowed by orientation events to get them connected quickly.

"Heat lightning; purple skies; party in the gym with bread pudding, grilled oysters, Zappo's chips, and red beans and rice ... I love this school," another college freshman writes.

They meet new friends in the dorms and are learning how to venture into new territory.

"Hi, so you're sitting in my room and we just discovered we're pretty much the same person♥ love ittttt! Let's go out tomorrow night." Their "friend "count on Facebook goes through the roof within days.

They post their freshman schedules. "MWF I have class from 9:30-2:20 with a 50 min lunch break and then TTH I have class from 10-11:15 so not that bad:) and all my professors were really nice."

"Intro to Architecture might just be the best class I've ever had" followed by the next day's post of "Just got my first official architecture studio assignment, and wow, am I confused, excited, nervous, befuddled, and apprehensive! And I have a two-day deadline!" A SoCal student, now at San Francisco State, writes, "My teacher just said, 'hella'!!!" The response, "Southern California kicks Northern California's boootaaayyy."

Friends still in high school look on with eager anticipation. "Can't believe you have two classes a day, and none on Fridays. And, you get to sleep in!"

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