10 Things That Don't Matter Once You're In College

10 Things That Don't Matter Once You're In College

They may have mattered in high school, but not now.
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A lot of things matter in college: getting passing grades, being healthy, trying new things, and more. But, there are quite a few things that just don't matter. Qualities that may have been important in high school really do not matter in college; it's a completely different world in college. This list should give you an insight of how truly different college is and how you can make a great lasting impact on people you may meet.

1. How Little Sleep You Got

“I only got 4 hours of sleep last night.” “Really? You’re lucky! I only got 2 hours because I had a test this morning!” Everyone does it, admit it. People compete for who has the least amount of sleep; it’s like a competition. Everyone is struggling to get assignments done on time unless you get everything completed right away. It’s healthy to try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night, but things come up and students get sleep deprived, especially during finals week. The truth is, nobody cares how little sleep you got, we’re all still going to be tired during the day.

2. Your Major

Everyone is at college for a reason; to get a degree. But, going around bragging how difficult your degree is will not gain you many friends. Everyone has a major for a reason; it’s what interests them and what they want to pursue a career in. DO NOT talk poorly about anyone else’s major because it may require fewer credit hours and may have a lower starting salary after graduation; if it would not have a chance of success, it would not be a major.

3. If You Played Sports In High School

News flash: nobody cares if you were on the varsity football team or went to state for track in high school. If you compete at the collegiate level, that’s awesome! But, high school sports mean nothing in college. It will always be a part of who you are and was such a big part of your life, but once you graduate high school, those glory years are gone. You can always be proud of your past, but being a varsity athlete in high school means little to nothing in college unless you plan on competing at the collegiate level.

4. How Much Your Clothes Cost

Everyone is on a different budget. Name brands will always be name brands, but a $10 pair of sandals do just as well as a $100 pair of sandals. Some students cannot afford as much as others. There is NOTHING wrong with shopping at Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, or Marshalls. Some of the best deals come from those stores. Why spend money on clothes when you can save money on clothes and put that money toward tuition or classes or gas? The price tag does not define an individual’s worth.

5. How Much You Drink

Most college students are under the age of 21 anyway, so drinking is not typically seen as a priority. Students that go around bragging how much they drank the past weekend or how they blacked out will not gain a lot of praise from others. College is a place to gain new skills and earn a degree; you will be able to drink as much as you want after graduation. Drinking a lot does not make you any cooler than if you do not. People have opinions on drinking, of course, but bragging about getting drunk does not earn you props.

6. How Many Friends You Have

Quality over quantity. College is not a popularity game like high school might have been. Personally, I’d rather have one or two incredibly close friends then twenty ‘friends’ who I can’t really count on. It is great to have acquaintances and peers; it helps with networking and opportunities in the community and on campus, but having fewer friends does not lessen your worth.

7. How Many Coffees You've Had

We all live for caffeine, or some way to make us stay awake. Walking into class saying, “Oh man, I’ve already had three coffees today and have to be on campus until seven tonight,” will not gain you any sympathy. Again, we are all on tight and busy schedules, nobody cares how much money you spend on an overpriced latte per day. Information like this is good to keep to yourself.

8. What Your 'Count' Is

You know what I mean by ‘count.’ The number of people you have had sex with is NOT a number to go around blurting out loud. Keep it private. Having sex with a lot of people is not an admirable trait. But, having a count of zero, one, or two does not make you a prude. Everyone has their preferences and opinions on this topic, as well. But, in college, your count does not necessarily define you as a person. College is a time to shape and grow into the person you want to be, not the person you used to be.

9. If You're Involved With Greek Life

Whether you have letters to represent or not does not make you worth more or less on a campus. A sorority or fraternity is a great way to become more involved on campus and make an impact on the community, but it is not for everyone. Most people prefer not to join Greek life, it’s a fact. There are numerous ways to grow as an individual and it does not have to be through joining a Greek organization, it is just an option. Looking down on others because they either are or are not in a Greek organization is not okay. Everyone has their preferences, do not bash them or judge them.

10. If You Were Popular In High School

College is not a popularity game. If you were popular in high school, it does not matter at a university. You may have been the most well-known person as your high school; in college, you are thrown into a pool of people who were in the same boat as you. We are all at college to earn a degree and better ourselves; popularity does not mean a single thing. Having connections through networking is great, however, it does not make you ‘popular.’ So, get that stereotypical image out of your head because we are not in high school anymore.



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I'm not sure why but volleyball players are a very particular group of people — we like what we like and we HATE what we don't, especially when it is volleyball-related. If you're a volleyball player, I'm sure you can relate to this list and if you're not a volleyball player, now you know exactly how you will be able to get under our skin.

1. Girls who wear spandex in public

Don’t get me wrong, we wear spandex for a living. We understand WHY people wear them to workout. But wearing them to the dining hall, class or anywhere that isn’t the gym… please don’t. Put on some shorts or leggings — PLEASE.

2. The “I’ll beat you in volleyball” line

For some odd reason when someone who likes you finds out that you play volleyball, they say this. I’m not sure why, but its really annoying that people think they’re better than you (a collegiate athlete) at the sport you’ve been playing your whole life.

3. When guys mention that they only come to your games because you wear spandex

You’re right, why would any appreciate our athletic ability when you can simply appreciate our butts.

4. Freshman who don’t think they have to do their Freshman duties

PSA: Every single school has freshman duties; YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY FRESHMAN WHO HAVE TO DO THEM. Everyone has done them when they were a freshman. Stop complaining, do your duties, and play volleyball because after your freshman season you’ll never have to do it again.

5. When people try to tell you that volleyball isn’t hard

Why don’t you jump for three hours straight and throw your body on the ground hundreds of times and tell me how easy it is.

6. The word "spike"

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Revisiting Sammy Wanjiru: The Man Who Changed The marathon

As most American runners have Steve Prefontaine as their idol, I have Sammy Wanjiru.

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Kenyan Sammy Wanjiru's 2010 Chicago Marathon victory was, in his coach's words, "The greatest marathon race I have ever seen, and the biggest surprise. It was a total shock."

When I think of my favorite race to watch of all time, it's not what most people expect: it's not an Olympic race or any featuring an American runner. No, it is Sammy Wanjiru's unexpected triumph at the 2010 Chicago Marathon. Sammy Wanjiru is, to this day, is my role model as a runner for a litany of reasons, including this race. But as most Americans have Steve Prefontaine as their idol, I have Sammy Wanjiru.

Near the end of the race, Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede and Sammy Wanjiru engaged in one of the most fascinating duels in marathon history. With both the runners near the front of the race near the end, both surged to the front and took turns taking the lead. Kebede would surge and open a gap on Wanjiru several times over the last mile, but Wanjiru would reel him in gradually, on his own terms. With less than a half mile to go, Wanjiru kicked, breaking Kebede and defeating him by 19 seconds.

On paper, it may have looked like Wanjiru was the heavy favorite to win the race. He held the half marathon world record at the time of 58:33, and two years before, in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, set the Olympic record in the marathon by almost three minutes.

The 2010 Chicago Marathon would be Sammy Wanjiru's last race: seven months later, Wanjiru died after falling off the balcony of his home in Nyahururu, Kenya. Many speculate into how Wanjiru's actually went down - while Eric Kiraithe, the Kenyan national police spokesman, would call it a suicide, Jasper Ombati, the local police chief, said it was probably an accident. But this isn't an article about how he died - there have been plenty on that. Nor is this an article about what might have been. Dan Silkstone, a sports writer for The Sydney Morning Herald projected Wanjiru to be the first man to run a marathon under two hours, in 2009. But who knows what would have happened? This is an article respecting how Wanjiru ran, and how he lived.

I'm fascinated by Sammy Wanjiru as a runner because of how unconventionally he ran and trained. Like Yuki Kawauchi, the famous Japanese marathoner who has run 79 sub 2:20 marathons, Wanjiru excelled when race conditions were subpar - he won both his races in Beijing and Chicago in the blistering heat, both around 30 degrees Celsius. Wanjiru would revolutionize the marathon through his unconventionally courageous front-running. He was never afraid to take the race out hard - evidenced by running the first 5k of the Beijing Olympic marathon in 14:52, nor was he ever afraid to make an aggressive move - nearly world record pace at the time. Wanjiru looked like he was beaten several times in Chicago, only to come back to life and destroy Kebede at the very end. Wanjiru did not "negative split" races (conserving energy during the first half and running the second half faster), he would often run the first half near world record pace to break his competition.

Steve Moneghetti, a former Australian marathoner, called the Wanjiru's triumph at the 2008 Olympic marathon "the greatest marathon ever run."


Xan Rice of The New Yorker wrote a fascinating article about Wanjiru's life, with somewhat of a dehumanizing element of depicting Sammy as a tragic hero. The caption of Wanjiru's painting in the article is "an Olympic marathon champion's tragic weakness," referencing his infamous drinking problem. But as reductionist as depicting Wanjiru as a Greek is, the article is a brilliant illustration of Sammy's career as a runner and the unconventional route he took to become an Olympic champion.

At 10, Wanjiru dropped out of school to support his family. However, he joined a training camp in Nyahururu full-time. Although young to be in the camp, Wanjiru excelled at local track meets and caught the eye of Shunichi Kobayashi, a sixty-year-old Japanese running scout. Through Kobayashi's connection, Wanjiru went to Japan on a scholarship to a Japanese high school. "Wanjiru, then fifteen did not know where Japan was. He had never traveled by plane. English was his third language, after Kikuyu and Swahili, and he spoke it poorly."

Despite those adverse circumstances, Wanjiru went to Japan regardless with the urging of his mother. He told his coach on the very first day that he would win an Olympic medal, and later led his school team to two national titles. In 2004, the Toyota Kyushu corporate team signed him to a large salary. In the same race that Kenenisa Bekele broke the 10000-meter world record in Brussels, Sammy Wanjiru set a new world junior record of 26:41. Two weeks later, Wanjiru broke the world half marathon world record with a time of 58:53. Later that year, he shattered his own record with a time of 58:33.

But after his victory in Beijing, Wanjiru returned to Nyahururu and returned home, to his friends and family. Altruistic with his newfound fame and wealth, he helped his relatives, supported orphanages and charities, and picked up tabs at bars and restaurants. He used his money to support other athletes, including his childhood friend, Daniel Gatheru. "A true friend who is more than a brother, that was Sammy."

Returning home, Wanjiru dealt with many familial stress with his wife, Njeri, especially after taking a second wife against her wishes in 2009. That year, he started drinking excessively. "The idea that the world's best marathoner - whose competitors were exploiting the latest in sports science and counting every calorie - could be drinking to this degree would strike most top coaches as crazy. But, at first, Wanjiru got away with it," said Rice. But that year, he set a course record in the London Marathon with a time of 2:05:10. He won the Chicago Marathon with the fastest time ever in a U.S. marathon. He did that while intentionally falling back to support and encourage his friend, Isaac Macharia, and then unleashing a 600-meter sprint.

Wanjiru was not the first elite and dominating Kenyan athlete to drink excessively and run, Henry Rono, in 1978, broke four world records in 81 days: the 10,000 meters, 5000 meters, 3000-meter steeplechase, and the 3000 meters. While his family and close friends urged Wanjiru to get help about his drinking. Often, after winning marathons and big races, fans and athletes would pack the Nairobi airport to support him. But after he dropped out of the 2010 London Marathon due to a knee injury, only his friend, Isaac Macharia, would welcome him back.

Later that year, Wanjiru started training for the Chicago Marathon, but his coach thought he was in such bad shape that he considered withdrawing him from the race. But he ran, was beaten several times, and won regardless, despite being in relatively horrible shape. After his win, however, that coach, Claudio Berardelli, said that "Sammy showed that he was not just an athlete with an incredible physiology. He was, first of all, a fighter."

When Wanjiru died, he had been drinking.Berardelli would compare Wanjiru to Steve Prefontaine, the icon of American distance running who famously said: "to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." Prefontaine died in a car accident after returning from a post-race party, and the police released a statement saying his BAC was .16, twice as high as the legal limit.

Again, while most of my running peers have Steve Prefontaine, I have Sammy Wanjiru, and this is just an attempt to raise recognition to the runner and the man. His friend, Isaac Macharia, puts his legacy best: "When Sammy won in Beijing, he showed everybody that it is just not about the course or the weather...He changed the marathon completely. He would not give up. He feared nobody."

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