Cornell Days have arrived, bringing with them beautiful weather and fresh blood enthusiastic pre-frosh, complete with oversized maps and lost parents. It’s hard to remember a time when we were equally bright-eyed and hopeful, but we all were once in their (non-walking appropriate) shoes. To honor this cycle of renewal, here is our journey from pre-frosh to jaded students, as told by SpongeBob SquarePants.

You get your acceptance letter and are like

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Cornell Days? HECK YES. You can’t wait for the magical glimpse into the lives of actual college students.

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And it doesn’t disappoint. You love Cornell so much that you order the “free” class shirt in your host’s room. HELLO, IVY LEAGUE.

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All summer, you tirelessly research the best sheets at Bed, Bath, and Beyond in eager anticipation of move-in day.

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Once you get to school, you meet your roommate and s/he is actually perfect.

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O-Week is your opportunity to realize how cool you can be, so you go out with your entire floor in a classic freshman move.

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You’re so eager to get involved that you sign up for seventeen clubs at Clubfest. (Note: You will probably only go to one.)

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You might be nervous for your first week of classes, but you breeze through them like a boss…

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…until prelim season hits.

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So naturally, you react like this:

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Prelim after prelim hits you with brutal force.

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But that’s nothing compared to winter.

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Every time your alarm rings, you’re like…

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Halfway through the semester you try to buy a sandwich but run out of BRBs.

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You realize that being a Cornell student is infinitely more difficult than high school.

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But then you realize that everyone else is suffering with you.

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And in the end, there is no place you would rather be.

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