As you will see in the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods, one of the most challenging quests a demigod has to face is the college admissions process. Few rewards are as sweet as that much-anticipated acceptance letter signaling the beginning of a different kind of journey.
Are you excited about all the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead in your freshman year at New Rome? Or are you filled with anxiety and dread over the uncertainty of this new chapter? Either way, we’ve got you covered.
If there’s one thing the courageous legionnaires of the Twelfth Legion Fulminata excel at, it’s suppressing both fear and excitement. After all, they’ve had over 2,500 years of experience. So, take heed, steel yourself, and follow these ancient strategies to the letter. With them in your toga pocket, you’ll be able to conquer your freshman year in no time.
First Things First, Claim Your Territory
For the average college freshman, this territory will likely cap out at about 150 square feet. Cherish every single inch, because this sacred area will be your only source of peace and respite from the demanding world of higher education (unless your roommate snores).
Plan accordingly by marking your possessions and establishing your borders as needed. Let no one cross into your land of dirty laundry piles and half-finished Ramen noodles unless you give them express permission. (Just please don’t use permanent markers on the floor. It’s a big hassle for the cleaning crew after you move out.)
Secure Thy Armaments
No, not literally. Please do not wear your chest plate to class, and definitely, definitely don’t drag your catapult across campus. We’re talking about mental and emotional armor. Approach this new adventure with equal parts courage and caution.
Do not let just any upperclassman with a charming smile or acoustic guitar breach your armor until you confirm that they possess a noble spirit. Wise up, be on guard, and don’t go rushing off to join the first legion you find with a charismatic praetor. A Roman always knows to trust their instincts and leave the party early when they detect that someone has bad vibes.
Never Leave a Comrade-in-Arms Behind
But freshman year isn’t about hiding away under the covers of your twin bed, either. Eventually, a friend group will form organically around your personage. Keep in mind that some of your new allies will be strangers in a strange land. Also, other students may not have completed as many quests or received as thorough training as you did. Therefore, don’t be too surprised or upset when your fellow legionnaires engage in behavior we Romans have dubbed freshman faux pas. It takes time to adjust to the college environment, and some need more time than others.
The important part is to never abandon a friend in need, especially this early in their journey. Even after they fall out of line during orientation or attempt to desert during finals week. That’s actually when they’ll be most in need of your loyal fellowship.
Be Prepared to Make the Ultimate Sacrifices
When the Roman legionnaires of days gone by marched into battle, they did so knowing they may never see their loved ones again. As a college freshman, you too must make some sacrifices and come to terms with saying farewell to the following:
• More than 6 hours of restful sleep on any given night
• Healthy and delicious meals at an affordable cost
• The privilege of not caring about college athletics
• Reading books for pleasure
• Free weekends (coursework and absolutely mandatory tailgate parties will consume all your spare time)
Nobody ever said that college is a walk through the pomarium. But trust this seasoned warrior when I tell you it is a lot more fun than what follows!
So, be sure to enjoy your time to the fullest, and remember: if the brave soldiers of Camp Jupiter could rush into battle against the forces of Gaea while being hampered by those weak, wimpy Greeks from Camp Half-Blood, you can totally handle Quantum Physics 101.