Oh the wonderful joys of college and all that the school year brings! As we are finishing our last round of mid-terms, rain is in the air, pumpkin spice lattes are at a peak, and I am in the mood to let you in on a few college secrets.
Below is my list of 8 things that I have figured out at college because no one told me about them beforehand:
- You can always sleep, and you can sleep anywhere. Before I got to college, naps were most definitely acceptable in class (if you could get away with it) but usually you were in a hunched over, arms on your desk, quick ten-minute nap. Now, in college, you don’t sleep in class because if you do you’ll be behind…forever. You do, however, sleep everywhere else. I have seen the most interesting people in all types of positions zzzz-ing away in places I would have never attempted to nap in, on, or under.
- Tutoring doesn’t make you a loser. Let me tell you something, I literally just left the tutoring office because Philosophy is kicking my butt. In high school you would probably be made fun of; you would probably be considered a nerd (which there is nothing wrong with that). And in high school, you act like you don’t even care about your grades, which most of you don’t because of Senioritis. Yes, it’s a real thing. I try to run by the tutor once a week, and boy does it help me. Tutoring is okay, NO SHAME.
Tutoring doesn’t make you a loser. #college #studenttips
- You will probably be broke the majority of the time you’re attending school. It’s okay, you’re busting your butt, paying for an expensive University, and sometimes you just need that Starbucks to keep ya’ going. Even if you work, which I do, I’m still broke the majority of the time and yet my school still finds a way to shake some more change out of my pocket.
- The myth that all of your professors just simply don’t care what you do hasn’t been true in my experience. Now, someone reading this will disagree with me because they may have had all “go with the flow” professors. I haven’t quite gotten that yet, two years in and I still get professors that say no to phones, no to computers, no to missing class and whatever else they can put their foot down on.
- My favorite! People say that if you don’t live now and have the time of your life, the rest of your life will be a big black hole forever. I don’t believe that. I’m not saying to climb under a rock and don’t have fun and I’m not saying that if you don’t enjoy college as much as others did that you aren’t to regret it after you graduate. I’m saying that people have this estranged opinion that college is the peak of your life and after college is determined on how you did during your four years.
- You can dress any way you’d like even if it’s just a brown paper bag and a pink tutu. Seriously, NO ONE CARES. I could dance around for three hours in the same spot on campus like an idiot, and people couldn’t possibly care less. I see people here, on campus, rocking Birks with socks, matching pant and shirt pajamas, 3-inch heels and whatever else has slipped by me unnoticed. Dress any way you’d like just please cover everything that needs to be covered!
- No one will hold your hand. It’s all you babies, you have to do it and you probably have to do most of it alone. Argue with the FASFA people, eat lunch alone, figure out where your classes are, getting your sleepy butt to class and finishing that homework assignment turned in before it’s midnight deadline comes. You are responsible for yourself and a lot like #7, no one cares what you do, so take care of your stuff!
In college, no one will hold your hand so take care of your stuff! #collegestruggles
- You don’t have that much time, so plan and stay on track! Before I began my freshman year I had no idea what I wanted to major in and people ALWAYS told me, “Don’t worry, you have plenty of time”. That was not true, in my case. I needed it chosen way beforehand so that I didn’t pay and take all of those ridiculous classes that put me behind, the ones I didn’t even need. I chose my Nursing major at the beginning of my sophomore year and am now trying to get back on track, plan and now working on getting into nursing school. If you don’t know at first, it’s really not a big deal, I just wished someone had pushed me to pick. If I had, it would have saved me time, stress and money.
I’m sure there have been more things that I’ve learned in three semesters but those are the biggies so, if you’re getting ready to go to college or if this is your first semester, I thought you might like to know them. On the other hand, if you’re far into school, you can agree with me on at least a few of these right?