14 Annoyances College Kids Deal With On The Daily

14 Annoyances College Kids Deal With On The Daily

The trials and tribulations of college life.
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When you first begin college, you have all these ideas on how life is going to be. You think that you will be best friends with your roommate and go to college parties and have a good time. You think your classes won’t be so bad and you’ll have no problem keeping up. Let me tell you from personal experience this is not true. In fact, I find myself in more annoying situations and more stressed out than having fun. I’m not putting a damper on college I’m just informing you of the trials and tribulations that come with being a college student.

1. The Application Fees

OK, so this one really bothers me. I don’t understand why we have to pay application fees to a college that we might not even get into. Or even better, a college we do get into and still pay tuition on top of it. These fee’s range anywhere from 30-200 dollars so if you are applying to multiple colleges it will cost you a pretty penny.

2. The protesters/preachers

protesters/preachers

These are the people that stand in the middle of campus and preach all their beliefs to you. These are the religious people trying to shove their religion down your throat by saying you are sinner and going to hell. They are the anti-abortionist people who put up posters with false statistics. This just gets me angry and more likely to disagree with them.

3. Parking

Everyone’s favorite problem. If you are not at least an hour early for your class you may risk your chance of being late for the simple reason of finding a parking space. Parking is a nightmare if you don’t know what to expect.

4. Paying for online access codes

online access codes

This just sucks. You have to pay anywhere from 150-250 dollars for a piece of paper with a code on it just so you can do the homework your teacher assigns. You don’t even get a physical textbook with this, no, you get an online version which sucks. I don’t know about y’all, but I’d rather have a physical textbook.

5. People walking slowly in front of you

slow walkers

This is one of my biggest pet peeves. I am generally a fast walker so when people are just slowing walking along with no care in the world I can’t help but roll my eyes and walk ahead. God forbid you are running late, people just don’t care.

6. People walking in groups

This one kind of goes with the last one. Sometimes when you are behind these slow people they are walking in groups making it impossible to pass them. They take up the entire walkway leaving you to wait till they disperse which is just annoying.

7. People riding longboards/bikes under awnings

OK, I don’t know about other colleges, but at FGCU it is actually against the rules to this, not that people listen. So, I am faced with almost getting run over but idiots on boards on a daily basis.

8. The night classes

I know night classes are needed for some, but for those of us who have classes all day they just get a bit tiresome. If I am on campus at noon, I don’t want to be there until 8 at night. I am just sleepy, cranky, and hungry at that point.

9. Semester friends

These are the people that come into your life for the one semester you have a class with them. This gets annoying because sometimes I make some really good friends and then as soon as the class is over so is the friendship.

10. Unreasonable expectations

So, this goes more along the lines of the unreasonable study hours. Professors say you should study double the amount of hours than the class is worth. So if it is a 3 credit hour class you should study for it for 6 hours, not including the class itself. This is per week. This just isn’t realistic if you have 7 classes and work full time.

11. Online classes

Online classes are great if you are taking all your classes online. If you are like me and only have one online class a semester it tends to fall through the cracks. I get so caught up with my in-person classes that I completely forget about my online class until the very last minute.

12. Numerous tests in one week

This one is just a pain in the butt. I have had three major test in one week before and it was a pretty stressful week with having all my homework and then studying on top of that with working at the same time.

13. When your favorite study spot is taken

I don’t about y’all but I have a certain spot in the library that I like to go to study and/or do homework. Sometimes, though, when I get there someone has taken it and that really grinds my gears.

14. When people say it will be over in only X number of years.

you're almost done

Last but certainly not least, when people say you don’t have much longer. For me, I have two and a half years left. I hate it when people say “you only have two and a half years left. You’re almost done” I’m just like yeah only. Two years of no sleep and caffeine-fueled stress ahead of me.

Yay.

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Mom, This One Is For You As I Leave For College

Thanks for being my best friend.
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Dear Mom,

it feels like yesterday that we were jumping up and down in the kitchen while tears of joy ran down our faces as the college acceptances started rolling in. You tagged along on my campus tours and wrote the pros and cons while I listed them off as I paced back and forth trying to make the decision of where my home would be the next four years. As six months till move in day has now turned into less than two weeks I just have a few things to say:

First, I'm going to miss you! Yes, I reminded you every couple of days how close we were to move in day and I've said several times that I can't wait to start this new chapter in my life but, I'm a lot sadder than I let on. In the midst of my excitement I have ignored the thought of not being able to see you everyday, being able to sing in the car with you to the songs we know we can kill, eating popcorn while watching Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights, or even something as simple as sharing a meal with you.

Secondly, I want you to know how much I appreciate you. Mom, I appreciate everything you have done for me thus far in life. I appreciate you dealing with the stressful side of me that came out while dorm shopping, when I know I didn't make it easy. Thank you loving me and encouraging me these past several years that made me into the person I am today. I am grateful for the sacrifices you have made and will probably make in the future with my best interest in mind. I feel so blessed that you are my sunshine on my cloudy days.

Third, I want to apologize in advance. I know there will be times I'm too busy to come home some weekends or even talk for an hour, despite really wanting to. There will be days filled with stress when I don't want you to know about the test I failed earlier that day or about the argument I had my boyfriend or roommate. Don't take any sass or delayed texts to heart, because you know I'll always call you back, I'll always break down and need your direction, and I'll always need to hear your voice.

One last thing, you will always be my best friend. You are the person who I get all of my advice from and the one who can make me laugh when all I want to do is cry. You turn my bad days into great ones. I can't wait to make you proud as I continue my education and start this new chapter in my life but, I hope you know it's all because of you. Your constant love, support, mother-daughter meals, advice, jam sessions in the car, hugs while I've cried and laughs to make me smile have all made me the person I am today. A person proud to be your daughter and a person who's ready to start college. So, mom, this one is for you!

Thank you!

With love,

Your Daughter.

P.S. thank God for FaceTime, am I right?

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19 Things No One Tells You To Bring To College

Some extra things to make sure you have the best dorm room on campus.

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If you're anything like me I'm sure you've read 100s of articles telling you what to bring to college…and by now you've probably figured out they all have the same things on them. In order to fix this, I've compiled a list of 19 things which are helpful at school, but no one tells you about.

1. Tupperware and Snack Containers

Don't want food to go stale? Have leftovers or food stolen from the dining hall? I didn't bring these things right away but once I got them it made dorm eating much more enjoyable. My personal favorites are the ones with locks and airtight seals.

2. Folding Drying Rack

There's nowhere to store a standing one, and the lack of room for hangers isn't going to work when you need to air dry a bunch of things. Getting a folding or collapsible one will fix all your laundry problems and can easily be stored in the back of a closet or slid in between a desk and a bed.

3. An Extra Laundry Basket

Sometimes the hamper overflows or you need somewhere to sort your laundry that's out of the way. This also makes it possible for you to leave your hamper down in the laundry room rather than bringing it back and forth without leaving a bunch of your clothes there as well.

Not to mention when you aren't using it, you can store other things inside of it rather than wasting space.

4. Umbrella

Very easy to forget if it's not raining when you're packing (hence why you'll see a lot of umbrellas bought at the bookstore).

5. Shoe Mat/Tray

If you go to school somewhere with all four seasons this is a must in the wintertime or the rainy season. I didn't end up buying mine until the first day of the spring semester but it saved our dorm room floor. We kept it in the front of the room and just threw our shoes and/or boots on it as soon as we got back.

This is nice too if you don't want (or your dorm doesn't allow you) to store your boots in the hallway. Also worked when I wanted my umbrella to dry off too!

6. Garbage Bags (or just some plastic bags)

It can be easier to have a plastic bag in the garbage can when making runs down the hall to the trash room. You could buy bags made specifically for this or pack a couple of things in some plastic bags and wait for more to accumulate because trust me they will.

7. Paper Towels

This is so simple it's easily forgotten until you're already there.

8. Lightbulb

You won't believe how easy it is to forget a lightbulb for your new desk lamp. Some people don't even think of it until they try and turn it on for the first time.

9. Costumes

If you think your going to go out during the year chances are you'll wind up at some sort of themed party. In that case, it might be nice to have something at the ready.

10. Blue Tape

This is a lifesaver when hanging dorm decorations. For years I've trusted blue tape to hang pretty much everything in my room, and it worked just as well in my dorm. Also, since it peels off there's no risk of peeling the paint off and getting fined which can (and does) happen with regular tape.

It works great for posters and pictures, but command stips are still the better choice for heavier things (ex. a canvas or frame).

11. Ice Cube Tray

I've never heard of a dorm with an ice machine (unless it's inside a hotel) so if you want cold drinks this is a must…especially during the hot months. Keep in mind you're in a room without air conditioning.

12. Some Decorations

Whether birthday, holiday, or just a nice background for pictures a few simple things can really make your dorm room feel more like home. My personal favorite is the window gel clings, they make every room a little more colorful.

13. Air Freshener

Everything you and your roommate own is going to be packed into this tiny dorm, including your wet towel, dirty clothes, gym clothes, stinky shoes and whatever else you might have. In the warmer month when it's still hot out the heat won't do anything to help the smell.

Since you're bound to invite your friends over (because where else are you guys gonna go) you want it to smell as pleasant as it can.

14. A Fan

I felt like a lot of college packing list left this off, when really it was one of the most used things in my room. If your someone who needs to have a blanket on to fall asleep pointing a fan at yourself is one way to be able to do this while it's still warm out. Not to mention, it's also useful in the winter.

The heating is working hard in the winter which can actually make the room extremely warm. I go to school in Syracuse, New York and we still kept the window cracked in the cold months. However, if it was snowing too hard or just too cold (especially since the window opened right where my head was when I slept) the fan was the perfect thing to make the room cooler.

Also helpful when you have a packed room no matter the season.

15. Fewer Clothes

Be realistic with what you're going to wear and how often you can (and will) do laundry. For instance, you can never have too much underwear, but you don't need 10 sweatshirts (also you're probably going to end up with at least one from your school).

This might sound odd but the one clothes item I know I overpacked was pajamas. I brought a bunch of pairs, some I only wore once and then got stuck in a routine of wearing my two favorite pairs of pajama pants. Also limit the number of t-shirts you bring, because you are going to end up with a ton of free ones (especially earlier in the year…or if you join a sorority).

16. Sunscreen

If you burn and have any interest in sitting out on the quad, it will be really useful to have a bottle.

17. A Stapler

It's definitely possible to find one on campus or borrow your friend's. However, I know I had to go out of my way a couple of times to staple things, so it's more convenient to have your own, but up to you.

18. Reusable Water Bottle

You're going to be walking around campus a lot. It might be nice to have a drink with you, especially in some of the warmer months.

19. An Extra Phone Charger

First it's always nice to be able to have a spare one in your bag, but second, the ones sold on campus are really expensive. If yours breaks ordering online won't be an option…unless you can keep your phone charged for 2 days.

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