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.

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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What Do You Go To School For?

A bit on what I think, we as students, should be focused on

So, you’re a college student now. You’ve successfully navigated the minefield of both middle and high schools, you have sat through hours upon hours of college and scholarship applications, you have spent months—or days—trying to find a school that is right for you and have whittled down your list of three (or twenty-three) colleges to one. You have signed on the dotted line, packed up all your stuff, moved into your dorm, met your roommate and sent your teary-eyed parents on their way back home.

Now, you think, the fun begins. I can do whatever I want.

While that concept holds true to a degree, it is flawed in so many ways. Unfortunately, even in the second semester of my sophomore year, there are people who do not see the limitations on their freedom; they believe that college means freedom from responsibility, consequences, and life in general. This is not so.

While a college experience can mean the opportunity to explore your interests as a person both inside and outside the classroom, college is more than the opportunity to party, drink, and have fun. College, is about learning. It is about going into school one person and coming out someone else—even if that person is merely a distilled version of who you were when you entered.

It is about allowing yourself to experience modes of thought that differ from your own. It is about taking the time to engage with ideas that you never thought could have existed before you were confronted with them.

Ultimately, I think a lot of my fellow college students—especially my fellow Wake Forest students—let four years pass them by without fully allowing themselves to experience the magnificence that is the abundance of resources at our fingertips.

While some people spend their days toiling away only to “make enough money to get [their] broke asses home” at the end of the week, we here at Wake Forest have the opportunity to take advantage of resources some people can only dream of. Career counseling, amazing gym facilities, healthy and tasty food options, free psychological assistance from the University Counseling Center and much more, but people on this campus take this for granted.

It occurs to me that one might want to know what gives me the impression that these resources are being taken for granted on this campus. Well, the fact that I have had classes with people who think it is acceptable to skip class on a regular basis is one thing that gives me this impression.

The fact that people, myself included, have the nerve to complain about the food options—and I want to be clear, I’m not talking about people who have dietary restrictions or needs that are not met—here on campus gives me that impression. The fact that people fix their mouths to complain about the people who prepare their food, clean their buildings, and so much more gives me this impression.

When I look around Winston-Salem and see the pervasiveness of poverty, or the expanse of the local food desert, my impression that Wake students take these resources for granted is increased. When I talk to people who complain about the free washing facilities while others have to spend over $50 and an entire day to wash half of their wardrobe, I get the impression that the resources we have are being taken for granted.

But, most of all, when I encounter people who are left perplexed by the concept that my time here at Wake Forest is dominated by academic pursuits and leadership positions. When I encounter people who do not understand why I don’t drink underage or enjoy going out and wasting time at a party while I have work to do, I am struck dumb by the sheer lack of focus on their futures.

This isn’t to say that students who party or drink are bad people, it also isn’t an attack on those who enjoy drinking, but the reality of the situation is that participating in those situations can be an obstacle to an individual’s future. Drinking underage or partaking in drugs can completely derail an individual’s life, regardless of how commonplace it is here on campus.

I spend my time pursuing lifelong loves such as martial arts, music, and knowledge in general. All in all, everything I do while I’m in college has utility for my life and I think that people who realize that they can participate in activities which are relaxing but simultaneously utile are the people who truly get the purpose of college.

We’re here for at least four years, and in that time, we should take classes, participate in extra-curriculars and take advantage of every opportunity we can, but we should do so with the understanding that the reason we are here is to build ourselves as people—to build our futures. I guess the crux of this entire article is that some of my fellow students need to check their priorities.

As usual, feel free to disagree. Far be it from me to stifle dissent in a college setting, it’s that dissent which leads to productive conversation and involved learning after all.

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​9 Things That Inevitably Happen In A Big College Lecture Class

Take it from someone writing this during a lecture class.

Anyone who has taken a large lecture class in college knows what a unique learning environment it is. In a small class of 20 or so, there’s plenty of room for discussion and knowing your peers. In a class of 100 or so, you could very well never learn another’s name or say a single word within those walls. Typically, you can read the book and get the gist of the entire class without having to do much more than copy down a few notes.

With this loose of a structure, it is inevitable that your mind will wander. And wander it sure does.

1. If someone steals your seat, they’ll have hell to pay.

Listen, Jimmy, I get it’s a long walk to the ENTIRELY EMPTY row ahead of where MY seat is, but there are certain laws of the land and you are VIOLATING THEM.

2. You start off the class dedicated to paying absolute attention.

You WILL learn something. It’s a good idea. It’s just that...well, maybe playing snake for 50 minutes is a better idea yet.

3. You start considering impossible emergency situations.

What if a tornado comes in and wipes out half of the classroom? Am I sitting on the safe side? Should I be?

4. You get invested in other people’s iMessage conversations.

Excuse me, sir, but I see you up there texting “Lil Lady <3” and I see you also texting “Lil Mama ;).”

5. It becomes your online shopping destination.

Amazon is your new best friend. You’ll be well-versed on all the deals of the day and will make good use of Prime. Your bank account will hate you, but what else is there to do?

6. You eventually find your lecture husband/wife.

That guy sitting in the third row two seats to the left of the podium? Yeah, keep an eye out for our save the dates.

7. The random members of the class that stand out get nicknames.

Let’s face it, you’ll probably never learn anyone’s name. I’m looking at you, Whale Song Dude.

8. If you do learn someone’s name, it’s a bond that can (almost) never be broken.

You’ll sit together and have an amazing time in class, perhaps make some inside jokes or something of that nature before never talking again as soon as the semester ends.

9. You probably learn something along the way.

The point of the class is to learn and whether it’s the course material or the internet habits of the guy sitting in front of you, you’ll come out of this class knowing a little something extra about the world.

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