6 Expectations And Realities For The New School Year

6 Expectations And Realities For The New School Year

It's the thought that counts, right?

6 Expectations And Realities For The New School Year

The long summer nights are about to be traded for long hours spent in the library (sorry for because the new school year is almost here! Most college students are excited to get back to their friends, freedom, and the endless possibilities of the new year. You know what I'm talking about. You go to school with all these expectations, and you make it a goal that "this will be the year that *fill in the blank* happens." I may or may not be speaking from experience, but typically, every great expectation comes a harsh reality.

1. Relationships

Expectation: "I'm going to get a boyfriend, and I'll finally feel like my 'Wedding' Pinterest board isn't totally useless."

Reality: A boy will text you for two days, and then you'll find out he moved on to that really hot girl in your Spanish class.

2. Working Out

Expectation: "I'm going to work out everyday and lose all the weight I gained freshman year."

Reality: You will form a very close relationship with your couch.

3. Having Fun

Expectation: "I'm not going to be boring like last year. I'm going to attend every social gathering that I'm invited to and meet tons of new people."

Reality: The weekend will roll around, and you'll just want to do absolutely nothing. Netflix and leave me alone, am I right?

4. Eating Right

Expectation: "No more late night runs to Canes with the girls. I'll eat nothing but grilled chicken and vegetables."

Reality: You'll be studying at 2 a.m. and just decide "screw it."

5. Studying

Expectation: "I will start studying for my tests a week in advance so that I'm not cramming."

Reality: You'll convince yourself it's not that much material, start studying the day before, and have ten emotional breakdowns before midnight.

6. Spending Money

Expectation: "I've got to start saving money. No more buying clothes I don't need, and no more going out to eat."

Reality: You'll get your paycheck, and all of a sudden you think you're a baller.

Even if this next school year doesn't go as planned, that's OK. I mean really, when does anything in a college student's life go the way it's supposed to? Have goals and work hard towards them, but remember to just go with the flow and enjoy your year because it'll be over before you know it!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

We have all been there. Mindlessly scrolling through social media and then we see that post. We see someone we once saw a future with creating it with someone else. However this time it was really different. A lot of times when we say we are happy for someone we don't really mean it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Samuel Branch on Unsplash

Affirmations affirm beliefs that we are in need of strengthening. They help up to focus on goals that we are striving for or on a powerful part of ourselves that we need a little reminder is within us.

They specifically focus on positive outcomes or belief systems that we're working to solidify, rather than solely focusing action on eradicating something "bad" or "wrong" from your life.

Keep Reading... Show less

About a year ago, I began my own fitness journey. Growing up, I had played soccer and kept busy, but after an injury cut my soccer career short I suddenly became very inactive. It took years of misfires before I finally found a new active passion for weight lifting. Getting started is never easy, and setting up for success is the best plan of action to assist anyone in your life who is thinking about starting their own journey. These are a few items you can gift for the fitness rookie in your life:

Keep Reading... Show less

Nordstrom's Biggest Sale Has The Most Legendary Deals On Luxury Beauty Brands We've Ever Seen

Counting down the days to the Chanel box set gracing my front door.

I oftentimes (excessively) use the excuse of my job as a writer to justify my excessive spending habits.

I needed the new Huda Beauty palette before anyone else in the name of journalistic integrity. It was my job to test out the new Francis Kurkdjian fragrance to make sure I could tell people whether or not it was truly worth the splurge (it was).

Keep Reading... Show less

Some people are so good at downplaying their sadness that even they don't realize how much they do it. When you ask them how they are they will always say that they are good, even when they aren't. They exhaust themselves by plastering an energetic and carefree persona in the spaces that you watch them in because at least to you they can control how they appear. They can pretend to be the happy person they want to be when everyone is telling them how funny and bubbly they are all the time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Mental health is not an easy endeavor. It's not a fad. It's not a bandwagon that you can hop on and off of whenever you want to. Your yearly dose of sadness is not depression. I'm not here to define what depression — or anxiety, or any other type of mental health issue looks like — but I will tell you what it's not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash

Whether it's dealing with a global pandemic or getting fired from your job, the fear of not knowing can become consuming if it isn't controlled. Below are some easy ways to take back control and establish a peace of mind.

Keep Reading... Show less

My South Asian Roots Inspire My Future Career As Both A Scientist And Journalist — Here's How

Being born to culturally diverse parents, I feel like I have the best of both worlds!

Erikka Chowdhury

To all of those who don't know me, I'm an American girl with South Asian parents who have carved their own niche as immigrants in the USA.

Keep Reading... Show less

The beaches are starting to open up. At least in Cape Cod, where my family and I were able to vacation this week. Near our house, we have a bit of a private beach, which is great.

Keep Reading... Show less

I sometimes look back at the days when I had anorexia and think to myself what would have happened if I had taken another bite? Nowadays, I spend days dreading over my figure and wondering if the old sundresses and outfits even fit. I tell myself that they do, but I feel like reality holds a different truth.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments