7 Excuses Every College Student Has Used

7 Excuses Every College Student Has Used

And how they can be debunked.

Over the course of 4 years, college students have many experiences. Friends, relationships, classes: all of these shape who we are by the end of our time at school. And while we may all have different experiences, there are many things we have in common, notably the excuses we give. Everyone has made excuses about why they can’t accomplish something and sometimes they’re fair, but sometimes they’re just people finding reasons to complain.

Here are seven excuses we’ve all used in college that can be easily debunked

That teacher hated me.

o Maybe this is true, maybe it isn’t. We all have at least one teacher who we’re convinced hates us, and this influences how they grade their work. And while sometimes it’s true, a lot of the time it’s the student themselves. If you’re not putting in the work and are consistently not doing well, then it’s going to show. It’s not the teacher’s fault.

The class was too hard.

This one is a bit more understandable than the

last one. I get it; classes at this level are a lot of hard work, but you knew

this going into that class. Any class will seem hard if you don’t give it any

effort, and some classes will require more effort. If you put the effort in, the class

won’t be as bad.

I'm too busy for a job.

The same people that complain about this are the same people that complain about not having any money or that everything is expensive. If you want things or need something, get a job and work for it. Plus, you’ll have something to put in your resume when you look for a job.

The food here sucks.

So cook your own food! Simple as that. No one is forcing you to eat dining hall food. You can also go off campus or just order take out, which costs money-- so guess what? Now you really have to get a job.

Textbooks are expensive.

Let’s make something clear-- THIS ISN’T THE SCHOOL’S FAULT! The manufacturers made them expensive and the school had to price them in a way that they could make a profit. You don’t question why the school makes their shirts $20, so don’t question this.

I hate this school.

Then transfer. It’s one thing to not like your school and occasionally complain about it, but if you’re constantly complaining about and saying that you hate it, then you and the school probably just aren’t clicking and you’re better off just attending a different one. People transfer all the time, so just deal with it.

I'm tired.

College is hard work, but you also probably have tons of free time as we all do in college. So take a nap or just relax. You also have the weekends to sleep in and recover from the week, so take the time you’re given and rest up.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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