10 Thoughts Everyone Has During Grad Party Season

10 Thoughts Everyone Has During Grad Party Season

Saturdays are for the grads.

I know the saying goes "Saturdays are for the boys," but once you graduate high school the saying then becomes "Saturdays are for the grads," and we can't forget that Sundays are also for the grads. From stuffing your face to watching the competition build in bags, grad party season is a fun way to celebrate those four long years in high school that you spent with your classmates turned friends.

1. Should I have another piece of cake even though it's only the first party of the day?

The cake is so good! It gets even worse when they have cupcakes because let's face it, one more won't hurt right? And what if the next party doesn't have good cake? (We all know it will be good, quit lying to yourself.)

2. How on earth do I have this many friends?

Suddenly, every weekend until the middle of July has at least five grad parties every Saturday and three more every Sunday. How on earth did you gain so many friends through high school?

4.Why are roast beef/pulled pork sandwiches so good?

When going to a grad party, you automatically assume it is going to be sandwich time. The addiction to these sandwiches is real, and grad season is here to fulfill your cravings. From Arby's roast beef to homemade pulled pork with horseradish and BBQ sauce on the side, you are left feeling really full, really quick.

5.OMG, is that a taco bar?

Every once in awhile, you will get an occasional taco bar. Like at my graduation party, the taco lover in me insisted on a taco bar. It is a great break up from the sandwiches but is very addicting. Grad party season turns Taco Tuesday into Taco Saturday.

6. If I eat salads all week, does that even out the six pieces of cake and seven sodas I've had today?

Party number four of weekend one and you can already feel the pounds. You feel inconsiderate not eating their food, but your body is being inconsiderate by turning those sandwiches and cupcakes straight into tummy fat. What's the workout plan? How do I get that summer bod while eating at every grad party every weekend?

7. Now, which cooler is the water cooler?

You don't want to go around looking through the five coolers scattered around their garage. And, I don't know about other states, but here in Wisconsin, five out of the six coolers are filled with beer, which is not water (although some Wisconsinites like to think it is). Some grad parties are kind enough to label each cooler. But if they don't, you are on a manhunt for some water, because one more soda will make you keel over from heat exhaustion.

8. I really want to go to the beach, but I have seven graduation parties to attend.

You love your friends, you really do, but when do I get my Saturdays back? Sitting at grad party after grad party as the heat begins to get to you, you can only think of how much better your day would be if you were floating away on the boat down the river.

9. Do you think anyone is there yet?

The most awkward game ever. You are constantly snapping and texting your friends trying to figure out when exactly to arrive and which order the crew is going to go to each party that day. By week three, you've basically got it down to a science, or you'd like to think you do.

10. Why do I suck so bad at yard games?

Ladder golf, cornhole (AKA bags), Can Jam, Yard Jenga, etc. The games are endless at parties, which are super fun and entertaining. But as the rivalries build, your friends start to understand how bad you suck at bags. Guess I should've practiced at home?

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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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8 Things You Must Do Before Graduating From High School

You must do these before high school graduation!

Graduation can come up faster than expected. Soon, adult life will be around the corner. However, there are a few more things that you need to do before graduating from high school.

1. Enjoy prom

Maybe you got a special promposal and are excited about prom. But even if you don't have a date, go with your friends. It honestly doesn't matter who you're with as long as you have a good time. Dance and sing until your feet hurt and you've lost your voice. You can have a great time dancing and take photos. You'll remember this night, so why not enjoy it?

2. Take a road trip with friends

Chances are in a few months, your friends will be miles away from you. You'll appreciate spending some quality time with friends before heading off in separate directions.

3. Go to all kinds of sporting events

Most students in high school only go to the sport they're involved in or football games. However, there are so many other sports at your high school. Take some friends and go cheer for your team. Events are fun if you make them fun.

4. Attend a music production

Your school probably has a band, orchestra, choir, or a school play. Many people never go to a concert throughout their high school days. These groups put in a lot of hard work, and you'll find something you enjoy.

5. Take lots of photos

Senior year will be hectic, but it will also be one of the best times of your life. Take as many photos as you can to have those memories. Maybe even create a photo album.

6. Dress up

Take a day to dress up. It'll make you feel good about yourself, and will help you think positively through the amount of stress senior year brings.

7. Skip a day

OK, OK, OK. Normally, I would not encourage skipping class, but sometimes it's necessary. At my high school, we had senior skip day. I caught up on sleep studied for AP tests. It really can help relieve stress and give you a much-needed breather.

8. Be proud of what you've accomplished

Graduating from high school is a long journey, with struggles along the way. Be proud of what you've done and look towards the future.

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