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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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To My Graduating Great-Grand Big, Sister By Chance, And Friends By Choice

You were the first person I ever met in my sorority before I even knew I was going to be in that sorority, little did I know I would be crying over the fact that you're leaving

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To my Great-Grand Big,

If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be a part of such an amazing family here at UA. You were the first person I met here at UA that wasn't a freshman.

Little did I know you would spend more than just a week with me.

Little did I know you would make such an impact on my life.

Little did I know I was going to be your great-grand little.

Coming to UA not knowing anyone was already super stressful, but going through rush added so much more stress on it. Having you as my Rho Chi eliminated so much of that stress. I always felt like I could come and talk to you. You were my biggest supporter. I don't think I would have been able to get through rush without you.

So, finding out that we were in the same sorority on Bid Day was just the greatest news ever.

Having you in the same sorority already made me feel at home. At first, it was scary because I didn't know a lot of people and the idea of big/little was thrown at us right away. I didn't know many upperclassmen so how was I gonna find a big? You introduced me to your roommate and we clicked right away. We all hung out and I was so happy to find friends like the two of you. When Jaci was my temporary big the idea of having both you in my family seemed like a dream to me. I couldn't wait to be a part of such an amazing family. You were always including me in things and hanging out with me.

When the day came that I found out that Jaci was my big and you were my GGB, it was the second best day of my life. The first getting my bid to Gamma Phi. Running home to a family like yours was the best thing ever. Our family has its ups and downs, but I know I can always rely on you and everyone in our family.

This past year has been so great and it didn't hit me until today that you wouldn't be here next year. You're only a four-hour car ride away from me at home, but it's so sad to think I won't see you at chapter, or at dinner or all the above. Joining a sorority I hoped that I would be close to my whole family in it. You made that possible and without you, I don't know if I would be where I am today.

This past year you have not only my best friend but a role model for me. You are a strong, independent and amazing women and I hope that when I am in your shoes three years from now that I am where you are today. I'm going to miss you so much next year so you better come visit. You helped me through my freshman year of college and I thank you so much for that. I can't see myself here without you. You have been with me from the start. You will always be my great-grand big, but most importantly you will always be one of my best friends.

We became sisters by chance, but are friends by choice and I wouldn't have anyone else as my great-grand big. I love you and I'm going to miss you!

Love,

Rachel

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