10 Thoughts You Have When You Visit Your High School as a College Student

10 Thoughts You Have When You Visit Your High School as a College Student

Everything is so different.
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Over fall break or spring break, we return our to high schools to see teachers, past classmates, and just to be back on campus. You feel like you are so much older and so much more mature than everyone. You've gotten a taste of what the real world is like.

1. How did I ever go to school five days a week for seven to eight hours a day?

Seriously! How did we ever attend seven or eight classes five days a week, and now can barely attend two classes a day.

2. Gosh, freshman high schoolers are obnoxious!

You think this and possibly even say it, and then remember you used to be an obnoxious freshman.

3. Am I in dress code?!

Even though we have graduated, we still worry about a teacher calling us out for bra straps or hats.

4. Does anyone still know who I am?

We used to know almost everyone, but many people have left and/or graduated. Does anyone remember us?

5. I'm so glad I'm not a senior applying to college, keeping grades up, keeping a social life, and finding time to sleep, anymore!

Once the college acceptance letters began to come in, and I had made my decision, I was finally able to relax... until final exams and trying not to trip up the stairs on graduation day.

6. I have so much more freedom now!

We have so much time to relax, get work done, etc., but procrastination still plays a large role in our lives.

7. Do I miss high school or do I miss my friends and teachers?

I don't miss sitting in class everyday, but I miss lunch with my friends.

8. It feels like just yesterday that we graduated!

In some ways it feels like years ago, and in other ways it feels like it was just yesterday that you were sitting at your 'unassigned, yet assigned' seat in each class.

9. What do you mean my favorite teacher doesn't work here anymore?/Why isn't this Mr./Mrs. [teacher name]'s classroom anymore?

He/she was the teacher you went to when something went wrong in your personal life or they gave you the best grades. The classroom had been their's since you had been in high school, and now it isn't. That is simply not right.

10. Life was so easy when I was in high school.

You didn't have to fight for sleep on a regular basis. You had your parents to cook dinner for you. You had your own room or at least lived somewhere where you had your own space.


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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

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Goodbye Avon, Hello Athens

What I've discovered since leaving my hometown Avon, Ohio and beginning my new life as a student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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Twelve weeks ago today, I didn't know where my life would be right now. A year ago from today, I didn't know where my life would be right now. I only knew who I was then — a senior in high school. One who barely understood the idea of college and, with all honesty, didn't put much effort into trying to. I loved high school. As a freshman, I remember thinking that four years was a lifetime of... time. And for a while there, it did seem that way, time always seems that way — that is, until time runs out.

Each year passed by steadily until senior year arrived. Senior year came and left in the blink of an eye. Then came graduation, a surreal moment and spark of reality. Graduation didn't feel real. Naturally, summer followed... which was quite the drag. College gloomed over what felt like the entire summer and all of its aspects. My life slowly began fading into my future.

Eventually, my future arrived. And now, I'm living that past future. I'm here — at college — a rather long, anticipated arrival. I thought time passed rapidly in high school, but college proved me wrong. Since I've been here, imagining myself in high school is difficult. I did enjoy high school, but I did have regrets. I wasn't too involved. I didn't play sports. I didn't join many organizations. I wasn't friends with any upperclassmen. I mostly focused on my grades, only being content with them. I didn't think much of what I did mattered. And with all honesty, up until senior year, I was okay with my high school decisions. It wasn't until I started applying for college that regrets overflowed my mind.

People live on the idea that "everything happens for a reason" and I never quite caught on until after I graduated. Once I graduate, I realized that all the choices I made as a high school student, has shaped me into the better student I am here, right now at Ohio University. I can get involved — in sports, clubs, etc. I can befriend upperclassmen. I can strive for the grades I want. I can do anything I desire to as a student here at Ohio University.

So, I'd like to thank my high school self. Thank you for not caring as much as you should've. Thank you for being foolish and enjoying more of the social side of high school, rather than the academics. Thank you for trying your hardest, and understanding that it'll pay off. Thank you for choosing to attend Ohio University for the next four years.

Each year in high school brought me a new sense of happiness and knowledge that I wouldn't trade for the world. Here in college, every day is already a new adventure and each day only gets better... I can't wait to see where my journey here goes in the next four years.

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