20 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

20 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

Because sometimes, it's just better that they don't know.

From any early age, most of us have been taught that lying is bad, but... disappointing our parents is a whole lot worse.

Now that we're adults, we're doing our own thing and making our own choices, and our parents probably don't want to know just how poor some of those choices are. So sometimes, it's just better to pretend that we have our lives together and not own up to all the mistakes that we find ourselves making on a weekly basis. After all, what our parents don't know can't hurt them.

Here are a few of the little white lies that all college students are guilty of:

1. "Of course I go to all of my classes."

...But only if they take attendance every day. If not, I probably skip every once in a while so I can sleep in. And to be honest, walking all the way across campus is a pain in the a**, and sometimes, I'm just not up to it.

2. "I usually stay at home on the weekends."

...Until about 10 p.m., when all the fun stuff starts.

3. "I'm pretty productive during my free time."

...Or at least, I used to be, back in August, when school first started. Now, I mainly sit around and watch Netflix, eat junk food, or take a nap.

4. "I don't know why I'm struggling in this class, I study ALL the time."

...And by that I mean I've cracked the textbook open once or twice and I try not to zone out too much during lecture. That counts, right?

5. "You don't have to worry about me drinking, because it's actually pretty hard to get alcohol around here."

...Unless you're a girl, and then it's basically thrown at you.

6. "I go to bed pretty early during the week so I don't end up sleeping the day away."

...Unless I have an assignment or test coming up. Then I'll probably be up until 2 or 3 in the morning, trying to cram all of the information in my brain.

7. "I try not to spend any money on things unless I actually need them."

...Like accessories for themed parties and a bunch of fast food.

8. "I meet a lot of attractive people on campus."

...Well, I meet them on Tinder, but that's basically the same thing.

9. "I never walk across campus alone during the night. That's dangerous."

...But sometimes, it's just more convenient for me to hurriedly run across campus instead of calling someone to pick me up, you know?

10. "I'll call you later. I'm busy with schoolwork."

...Well, I mean, I am busy, but not with schoolwork.

11. "I try to eat healthy most of the time."

...But my meal plan is so much more convenient than grocery shopping and it's just so easy to eat the junk at the cafeteria.

12. "I barely ever drink, but if I do, I don't drink that much."

...And I'm just going to continue telling you that, because I don't want you to be disappointed at my lack of self-control on the weekends.

13. "It's not a big deal. Everyone did badly on that test."

...Or maybe it was just me. But in the grand scheme of things, do I really need to know how to graph a binomial function?

14. "I didn't just call to ask for money."

...But if you insist, just deposit it directly into my account. Thanks.

15. "I keep my room pretty clean."

...Every once in a while, if you kick everything out of the way, you can even see the floor.

16. "I'll do better next semester."

...I mean, I'll try.

17. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

...But I'm 21 in the state of Connecticut, in case you were wondering.

18. "I try to do laundry at least once a week."

...Or at least once a month, but I prefer to let it build up as high as possible until I absolutely have to do something about it.

19. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

...Because C's get degrees, am I right?

20. "I can't wait to come home!"

...Because who doesn't look forward to a 12 o'clock curfew and absolutely no freedom?

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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When Was The Last Time You Were Alive?

If you can't post it for everyone to see, was it truly a remarkable moment?


Being alive is an essentially effortless act.

In theory, as long as you're eating food, drinking water, and performing as a human, assuming no major health conditions, most of us are living.

The tragedy I see most often is so very few of us are alive.

Now, I'm not suggesting you drop your textbooks and sprint up a mountain, or go broke trying to find yourself in new activities and events.

That's the illusion pressed onto so many of us. Social Media, more importantly, FOMO, has taught us that in order to truly be alive we need to make sure we travel far and wide, eat gourmet and unique food, and essentially, immerse ourselves in something phenomenal. However, regardless of what you do- don't do it without an audience and the value of your experience will only be justified by the number of likes you accrue on your #bestvacation ever because you #lovenature. With your back to the camera and wispy hair flowing in the beach air, you hit all of your angles, how else will you prove that you're alive to Instagram?

I fell for this too. I spent so much of my life constantly trying to get to the next phase life had to offer. High school was fun, but I was counting the days until graduation. Growing up in a small hometown wasn't awful, but I had sticky note calendars until my next vacation. And day in and day out, events would happen all around me that were just too "normal." I wasn't alive, but I was living.

Setting your soul on fire and truly living is so much more difficult than you could ever expect, but not because you have to drain savings and take along a buddy to snap all the perfect moments.

Choosing to be alive is realizing how important it is to be in this moment or phase in life and accepting it for all its worth. Instead of racing to the finish line or trying to sprint into your next season of assumed happiness, take time to notice all the beautiful and small things that make this moment so important. There is so much life to be found in simple moments.

Semesters are ending, we are all racing to summer. Perhaps in the process, take note of the routine cafeteria worker that constantly smiles at you and says hello. Or perhaps, giggle at the fact that in just a few short weeks that bus driver you see every single morning won't be apart of your morning routine.

The farther I get from what used to be my normal, the more I miss that season of life. I haven't lived in my hometown since I was eighteen, but I miss the simplicity that came with my drives to high school listening to Kanye West and the coziness of a small town opening its doors to start a new day. I never stopped to be alive in those moments, I was just simply living.

Wherever your next phase of life might be, it will always be there. You will always have something else coming. However, once this moment is gone. It's truly gone. Don't waste beautiful views trying to capture just the right picture for Instagram, take in the moment.

Living and experiencing life can be as simple as trusting that you're exactly where you need to be in life. Cherish each moment as you're in it. The next moment is coming whether you're ready or not.

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