10 Things College Students Say That I Now Know To Be True

10 Things College Students Say That I Now Know To Be True

College is great, guys. I only want to cry 76% of the time. That's an all-time low.

As I was going through high school, the people around me, friends and cousins, were heading off to college and sharing their experiences. I laughed at a lot of their funny anecdotal stories, but I didn't really relate to what they were saying. I mean, who could possibly need coffee that much? Now that I've been here a month, I can answer ME. The college experience is truly something else. Here are 10 things I now know to be true about college:

1. Coffee is literally life

I used to see those online memes about coffee and college students ALL the time, and I always laughed, thinking, ah yes, I enjoy coffee as well. That's all I really thought people meant when they said they couldn't live without coffee. After a mere month of college, I can now confirm, coffee is a necessity of my daily life. I can no longer go a day without being caffeinated. Yes, yes, there are ways around drinking coffee, like going to bed early and making sure you rest properly. But, with all the clubs and activities and homework, I just find myself unable to go to bed at a reasonable time. Even on nights when there isn't some place I need to be or something I need to be doing, I want to spend the night with my friends. And pretty soon, it's 3 a.m., and I have to be up in five hours, but it was worth it.

2. Naps. Lots and lots of Naps

I first saw this graphic in middle school. I laughed the casual off-handed giggle. I think I distinctly remember chuckling about how I thought college students were just lazy since they had so much time to take naps. I didn't realize how unbelievably necessarily naps are. The amount of naps needed to survive in college should probably be declared as illegal. But hey, naps are beautiful, wonderful things. My favorites are when you're trying to study in between classes and you pass out over your books, waking up just in time for a lecture. Those are the best naps of all.

3. Coming home makes me really sleepy

I first heard this when my family friends came home for the holidays after their first few years at college. One person said, "I love coming home but I also hate it because I never get anything done. I always just want to sleep and relax when I'm at home." And pretty much everyone agreed. I didn't really understand. I could see the logic but I never gave it much thought. Now, after being at college and having gone home for a weekend, I can attest-- going home makes you sleepy. I don't know what it is, it must be something with the atmosphere or something in the food that just makes you so happy and drowsy. It must be the change of pace, with not having much to do as you usually do when you're on campus. Or maybe it's the cuddly little dog next to you.

4. College is nothing like high school

No, it most certainly is not. All throughout high school, I heard this, but I always thought "okay but, how different could it really be?" The answer: A LOT. College is very, very different, very fluid and very much requiring a level of flexibility that high school just didn't have. Also, time management. I won't give away too much though; let the high schoolers figure it out for themselves. There are parts of it that are awesomely different and a lot of fun, and there are parts that... aren't as much fun. It's everything you dreamed it would be, but it's also so much more and so much less. You can't really describe it until you go through it.

5. It's difficult to keep in touch with friends from high school

When I was saying goodbye to my closest friends, I thought that I would never ever lose them. I thought that when people said they didn't keep in contact with their best friends from high school, they were just lazy or didn't have as amazing friends as I do. I thought I would always stay really close to them and they would be my best friends forever. I thought I'd talk to them often and see them often and I thought that nothing would be that different. But eventually, we all got busy. We dove into our respective schools and classes and clubs, and we made new friends. It's not the same. It really isn't. We've begun to drift apart. It's incredibly heartbreaking, but I know that doesn't mean it's over. It just means that when we do finally have our phone calls and house parties, we'll just have a lot to talk about.

6. When college students call campus home

When my brother would come home from school for a vacation or study break, he would always say, "I'm going home in a few days," when he was talking about going back to school. I was utterly offended. How could any place other than home be home? I was dead set on never mistaking school for home in a sentence. Lo and behold, I've done it many, many times. It's just something about this school that makes me want to call it home after only being here for a month. I feel instantly and completely at ease and comfortable, even when I'm swarmed by the anxieties and uncertainties of college life. It truly is another home.

7. "Dressing up" is completely redefined

While I still disagree with this one (because you should always look your best) I completely understand where it's coming from. I have absolutely no interest in waking up a half hour earlier than I have to for my 8:30 am just so I can look a little better for my day ahead of doing nothing but sitting in a dark library and studying. "Dressing up," for me now means making an effort to put on a nice top, nice jeans, put on eyeliner and a little light make-up-- all stuff I would do normally for a day out. College is making me lazy.

8. Your food is not your food

Your food is everyone's food. There's no hands off, there's no Joey doesn't share food. There is only, "You got food?" and the answer of "yes". But it's ok. Sharing food is fun.

9. My 8:30 A.M.'s suck

Again, I thought, "How bad could it really be? I woke up early for high school everyday. I can totally do this." No, no you cannot. Remember when we talked about how college is nothing like high school? Yeah, it most definitely is that bad. But when the semester is over, at least you can add, "Survived an 8:30 AM," to your resume.

10. I met my best friends in my hall

Wow, is this a true one. I heard this narrative over the entirety of my college search, endless tour guides saying they met their best friends in their hall, so we should definitely consider staying in the dorms, and we'll have a great time in the dorms. I rolled my eyes, thinking that they probably just had to say that as part of their spiel to get us to come to campus. I never anticipated how true that was going to be. I love the people in my hall. They're the quickest and most real friends I feel I've made anywhere. Of course, I'm only a month in, but I can easily see what people mean when they say their best friends are their hall-mates.

College is great, guys. I only want to cry 76% of the time. That's an all-time low.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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An Open Letter To My Future Self

You've made it this far.

Dear Julia,

You’re probably reading this sometime in the future. I don’t know when, but if you’re reading this, it’s probably because you need it. It may be next year when you’re a freshman in college. It may be in ten years.

Who knows?

You’re currently a senior in high school. You’re graduating in about 38 days. You’ll have to say goodbye to all your high school friends soon, and you’re kind of stressing out at the moment about all the things you need to get done for next year.

Even though you’re stressing a bit, you’re in a good place right now. You’re keeping your circle small with only the people who make you happy. You’re excited for college and your future. You’re excited to be independent and make some mistakes that you can learn from. Ahead of you is a bunch of new experiences.

If you’re reading this, maybe you’re stressed, confused, or in a not-so-good place. Remember that you’ll push through it like you always do. If you’re stressed out, remember to divide and conquer. Pace yourself. Plan out your days. Make lists of what you need to get done. Take it day by day.

If you’re confused about something, maybe your feelings or you don’t know what to do about a situation that may arise at college or life, remember who and what makes you genuinely happy. Remember who you are and what your morals are.

You have people by your side who will help you get along in life. Talk to your best friends. Talk to your cousins. Talk to your mom; even though her nagging may get annoying, she will know what’s best for you. They all have helped and loved you in the past, and they will do the same in the future.

Remember that you’re strong and smart. You’ve made it this far, and you’ll make it through whatever else you need to get through. You know what makes you happy and what makes you sad. You know who makes you a better person and who drags you down.

You know the qualities to look out for in a person that means they might be a toxic person. You just have to use your gut feeling. Don’t doubt yourself. I know you; you’re pretty sure of who you are as a person. You’re a good person with good intentions. You’re caring less and less what people think of you.

I’m proud of you. You’re growing as a person and you’ll continue to grow. You’ve been through some shit, and you’ll make it through whatever else life has to throw at you.

You’re always pretty good at cheering others up. Maybe reading this will help cheer yourself up.


You on April 18, 2018

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