13 High School Habits You Quit In College, For Better Or Worse

13 High School Habits You Quit In College, For Better Or Worse

Remember the days of caring what you looked like for class?

There may be plenty of things you miss about high school, but once you get to college, you'll never want to do these 13 things again...

1. Wearing "real" pants to class every day

Remember the days of being asked to put your arms to your side to see if your shorts were “too short?” I’m not sure how I survived without being able to wear my Nike shorts or yoga pants, or hats on bad hair days.

2. Staying in class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In college, you avoid 8 a.m.s like the devil.

3. Doing your hair every morning

Skip the straightener — sleep in instead. In college, I’ve learned to appreciate my naturally curly hair.

4. Putting on a full face of makeup

My makeup is almost always the bare minimum. Most girls skip it entirely. In Alabama, you’ll probably sweat it off before your first class anyway.

5. Not bringing a drink or snack to class

Never leave your dorm without a water bottle and something to munch on between classes. Not only will you die of thirst from running across campus, but your stomach will start speaking while at the worst time possible.

6. Not using a backpack

Remember being able to fit everything in your purse and getting to leave your backpack in your locker? In college, even if it only has one notebook, one pen and nothing else, you bring your backpack to class.

7. Keeping every class on your schedule

Once you discover the power of the “drop” button, your life is never the same — trust me. It’s tempting to abuse this button and you have to be careful, but it’s also nice to have when your midterm is tomorrow and you’re too busy stress-crying to study.

8. Going to every class meeting

LOL (sorry, mom).

9. Not reading the assigned reading

“Assigned reading” in high school meant “no homework.”

“Assigned reading” in college means “read every single word because you’ll probably have a quiz on it tomorrow worth 5% of your final grade.”

10. Taking notes by hand

I completely understand why laptops aren’t always allowed in high school classrooms. (Not everyone can afford one, not all parents want their child taking a laptop to school, and not all high school students should be trusted to only use the laptop for academic purposes during class.)

In some classes, I still find it beneficial to take notes by hand, but all college students have suffered through at least one professor who talks way too fast and refuses to put his lecture notes on Blackboard. Sometimes typing your notes can be a grade-saver if your professor allows you to use a laptop in class.

11. Completing homework assignments by hand

Tip: In college, if they don’t tell you to type it, it’s because they assume you know to type it.

12. Never reading the syllabus

In college, your syllabi are sacred. They are the guidebooks to passing your courses. Print them. Read them. Keep them.

13. Procrastinating on anything

I'm still very guilty of this, but procrastination is a collegiate deadly sin. In high school, skimming notes the night before an exam or starting a project the night before it's due may have gotten you perfect grades, but it won't in college. Everything will go wrong the night before something is due — your wifi will go out, your printer will quit, your laptop charger will break... anything that can go wrong, will.

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3. Being jealous of your friends with non-science majors, but then remembering that your job security/availability after graduation makes the stress a little more bearable.

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11. When you become the ultimate mom-friend after learning about the effects various substances have on the human body.

12. Running off of 4-5 hours of sleep has become the new norm for you.

13. And getting just the recommended 7-8 hours makes you feel like a kid on Christmas morning.

14. You have a love-hate relationship with ATI.

15. When your study group says they're meeting on a Saturday.

16. Choosing an answer that's correct, but not the "most" correct, therefore it is wrong.

17. And even though the late nights and stress can feel overwhelming,

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Wait, Judy Genshaft Wasn't the Only USF President?

A glance at the five preceding presidents to grace the University of South Florida prior to Judy Genshaft.


With the buzzing news of Judy Genshaft's upcoming retirement, I decided to read more on her career and her success. She has done so much to propel the University of South Florida forward, achieving all of her set goals in the process. But in one of the many articles I saw reporting on Genshaft's retirement, there was a statement made by Betty Castor in reaction to the news. Who's Betty Castor you may ask? Well Betty Castor is USF's fifth and most recent president preceding Judy Genshaft. Meaning yes, Judy Genshaft is USF's sixth president.

Here's an introduction to ALL six USF Presidents:

1. John S. Allen, 1957-1970

Previously an astronomer, professor, and the Executive Vice President at the University of Florida, John S. Allen was appointed as the first president in USF history July 27, 1957. When John S. Allen arrived in Tampa, he had to literally craft the University of South Florida from the ground up. His opposition to major college sports fueled his desire to make USF the best academically. During his tenure, USF was considered to be the "Harvard of the South." Pretty cool to consider. After his retirement, our accomplished founder was honored with the "John and Grace Allen Center", named after himself and his wife.

John S. Mackey https://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html

2. Cecil Mackey, 1971-1976

Once the director of the Office of Policy Development for the Federal Aviation Agency, and the assistant Secretary for policy Development for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maurice Cecil Mackey, Jr. joined USF's administration February of 1971. During his presidency, Mackey opened USF Sarasota and dispersed the College of Liberal Arts into four new colleges. After leaving the University of South Florida, he went on to be the President of Michigan State University, and Texas Tech University.

M. Cecil Mackeyhttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html

3. John Lott Brown, 1978-1988

After a period with two interim presidents in place at the University of South Florida, John Lott Brown was finally inaugurated April 15, 1978. Brown also had a history in aviation, and he had conducted research related to early space flight. He utilized his time as president to establish the Moffit Cancer Center, USF Psychiatry Center, and the USF College of public health.

John Lott Brownhttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html

4. Francis Borkowski, 1988-1993.

During his career, Francis Borkowski was an administer at five different Universities. But on February 5th, 1988, he took over as president for the University of South Florida. With his short tenure at USF, Borkowski hoped to raise the University's status in both academics and athletics. In 1991, one of his goals was achieved with the foundation of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Francis T. Borkowskihttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html

5. Betty Castor, 1994-1999

Betty Castor's time at USF was historical because she was the first female president the school had ever seen. When she became a part of the administration team USF already had four campuses, a medical school, and over 40,000 students. She walked into a well established institution and still managed to fulfill an advantageous agenda. Castor expanded the Honors Program, earned recognition for the University's Research achievements, and took USF abroad to countries such as China and Africa. Betty Castor Hall was famously named after her, and her legacy continues to show relevance at the University.

Betty Castorhttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html

6. Judy Genshaft, 2000-2019 (Pending)

Judy Genshaft has the longest tenure in the University's history, and she was recently ranked as the 11th highest paid university president in the United States. We know and love her for her many accomplishments, as of recent USF's emergence as a preeminent university, but she has also been involved in a few controversies. Even so, she has tremendously transformed the University of South Florida and will be retiring at the peak of her administrative career.

Judy Genshafthttps://fcit.usf.edu/coedu/coedu_timeline.html

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