COLUMBIA — Years have passed since their first year of college, and five MU students can now laugh at the embarrassing moments they suffered during freshman year.
They survived having their skirts tucked under their backpacks and setting off alarms while using emergency exits. They know that you will survive as well, with a few of their tips.
Rethink leaving class early: "It was my third week of freshman year, and I had planned to leave halfway through a guest lecture to have lunch with my new friends.
"I was in the business school auditorium, and I had positioned myself perfectly to escape — last seat of the row, only three rows down from the exit. I waited until the instructor turned his back (as if he would care), and I started up the stairs.
By some act of God, I tripped over a longboard. I fell pretty hard and sent the board rolling down the stairs. The room was silent, save for horrible clunking sound the longboard was making on each row.
"I wasn't sure what to do, so I decided just to casually follow the longboard down the stairs, mumble a quick apology to the TAs and return to my seat.
"I didn't go to that class for the rest of the week." – Savannah Reed, MU junior
Give your outfit a test run: "I didn't realize for a while that when I wore dresses or skirts, my book bag would ride them up so that my underwear and butt were exposed.
"A girl had to tell me one time that everyone could see my undies. That was pretty embarrassing…. I guess since I did volleyball and swam, my butt was usually exposed so I didn't feel the breeze." – Ashley Szatala, MU senior
Scope out a new dining hall ahead of time: "My freshman year I decided to walk all the way to Dobbs for a nice lunch. I got my food and decided I should eat outside because it was a super nice day.
"There was a sign on the door, but I ignored it and pushed the door open, causing an emergency exit alarm to go off through the entire dining hall.
"I was super embarrassed and ate alone for a few minutes before some Schurz (Residence Hall) friends spotted me. I still refuse to eat there." – Sarah Darby, MU junior MU
Remember, spare key cards may be in the lobby: "I sleepwalked out of my room without my key and my shirt the first weekend. I wandered into the Schurz lobby and got locked out.
"A kind, drunk person swiped me back in, and I watched the same hour of SportsCenter on the floor TV until the sun came up after my roommate wouldn't answer the door when I knocked.
"After three hours, a sophomore told me that I could get a spare (key card) in the lobby." – Max Havey, MU junior
Beware of @MizzouMakeouts Twitter account: "So it was a Friday or Saturday after that first snow day (in 2013), and my friends and I trekked our way through the snow to (Kappa Alpha, a fraternity) on Frat Row. My friend was obsessed with @MizzouMakeouts and posting people to it.
"I was ready to just have a fun night, and some guy (who looked much cuter in the dark) came up to me and was talking, flirting and dancing with me.
"I was digging the attention and going along with all of it. He leaned in for a kiss, and I just went with it because, why not? I forgot that (my) intoxicated (friend) was in the wings just waiting for someone to take a picture of.
"What's worse is she snapped the photo right as this dude got handsy… I pulled away because I saw the flash, and I yelled at her. He then asked me to go back to his room, and I said, ‘No,’ and got out of that dance floor.
"Later on, he was making out with two other girls because he made it onto @MizzouMakeouts three times that night. I wasn't too pleased that I was part of the hat-trick." – Veronica DeStefano, MU junior