Right now a college freshman is probably lost on the quad, while another is taking his first bong hit, and another is trying to decide if she should stick with medieval literature 101. The struggle is real, and freshmen year, in all its awkward glory, is being captured with the hashtag #RightNowAFreshman.
#RightNowAFreshman is deciding between the Jim Morrison poster and the inspirational "Footsteps" poster to put on their wall.— R͙a͙c͙h͙e͙l͙ ͙R͙o͙b͙i͙n͙s͙o͙n Voice (@larynx_lynx) September 3, 2015
The hashtag was started Thursday afternoon by Jenny Jaffe, a New York University Class of 2012 graduate and founder of Project UROK, an online community for teens struggling with mental health issues that the Daily Dot profiled back in May.
“I started it [the hashtag] because it’s NYU welcome week and thinking about how wonderfully earnest freshman are acting right this very moment, and Tweeting exactly what I suspected they were doing was really tickling me,” Jaffe told the Daily Dot on Thursday.
She began tweeting freshmen experiences of her own with the hashtag.
#RightNowAFreshman is my new favorite game.— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) September 3, 2015
#RightNowAFreshman is loading up a cafeteria tray with food their metabolism will balk at in another few years.— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) September 3, 2015
#RightNowAFreshman is wondering if they just used the phrase "Kafkaesque" correctly.— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) September 3, 2015
Some people talked about a freshman’s search for meaning and identity.
#RightNowAFreshman is thinking about becoming a vegetarian.— Diana Dee Light ☮♥️🌮 (@DianaDee16) September 3, 2015
#RightNowAFreshman is looking up how to spell "Heteronormative" so he can include it in an email to his mom— Zach Schonfeld (@zzzzaaaacccchhh) September 3, 2015
#RightNowAFreshman is discovering real intersectionalist feminism— allison, in theory (@alliexcs) September 3, 2015
Others touched upon the struggle to live independently for the first time.
#RightNowAFreshman is realizing that they've never actually done their own laundry before.— Will ex Machina (@exmachina00) September 3, 2015
#RightNowAFreshman is finding out people do other drugs besides smoking weed from a water bottle pipe. Or the real pipe Derek got at a 7/11— sensitive pencil (@Mrzack123) September 3, 2015
While some of the tweets touched on more serious subject matter facing new students on college campuses.
#RightNowAFreshman is listening to a lecture about sexual assault on campus from professionals who believe it doesn't happen at THEIR school— rachael (@bookoisseur) September 3, 2015
Jaffe made sure to say that the hashtag was started from a genuine place of empathy for college newbies, and also to perhaps help them realize that they’ll fit in soon enough.
“It definitely came from a place of total love and support for what a confusing and exciting and emotional time it is!” she said. “I don’t mean to make fun of anyone—they’ll be in on the joke soon enough—I want to give all incoming Freshmen a hug and reassurance that they don’t need to try and impress anyone and it’s gonna be OK. “
Meet you on the quad for frisbee in 15?
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