8 Luxuries Of Being A College Student

8 Luxuries Of Being A College Student

6. Frat Parties

It’s not hard to be negative about your state of affairs in college. You’re stressed out, broke, you work too much and sleep too little and sometimes everything just sucks. What we forget about each day, moving robotically through our schedules that become so natural halfway through the semester, is how beautiful life as a student can be. Four years of undergrad will fly by and before you know it, you’ll be thrust into the world of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. cubicle monotony (if you don’t choose your career path carefully). Here are eight things I will cherish over the course of my last semester as a Gopher.

1. Wearing sweatpants. Like every day.

Your friends in your Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes won’t know if you wear the same pair on Tuesday. There are few times in life where you can truly embrace anonymity. This is one of them.

2. Never wearing make-up. Like ever.

Don’t know why you would even go to the effort of putting on make-up if you’re already wearing sweatpants. Lowering people’s standards to never expect you to wear make-up means the slightest bit of effort you put into your face will be noticed.

3. Living within a two-mile radius of everyone you know and/or care about.

“I’m coming,” you say, dropping everything to make the 30-second trek to your friend’s house to pet a dog on the sidewalk. Making, having and hanging out with friends and significant others will never be more convenient. You and your study buddy live two blocks from each other and six from the library. And, for better or for worse, frat row is two streets up from like…four bars. Take advantage of proximity.

4. Working out whenever you want to.

A lot of conditions must be met for me to have a good workout. I have those peak times of the day when I get really pumped to lift heavy shit and have sweat dribble down my face while jamming to the Spotify playlist, “Beast Mode” (trust me, there are some bangers). Only in college will you be able to work out between your 9:05 a.m. lecture and your 12:20 p.m. discussion without missing a beat. Can’t get to the gym today? Bull shit.

5. Student discounts.

Companies seem to think student loans disappear after graduation. Six-dollar movies at St. Anthony Main theatre, $4.99/month Spotify subscriptions, Amazon Prime and those deals Apple always does in the fall where you can get free Beats headphones with the purchase of a laptop…all gone. You’re just like everyone else now.

6. Frat parties.

Don’t @ me. They’re fun. You probably won’t want to put a mini pool or pounds of foam or fake snow in your basement once you get your own place, so don’t miss Alpha Epsilon Naught’s Foam Party on Saturday. See you there.

7. The safety of the campus bubble.

Though you should always be conscious of your whereabouts when walking around (especially when the sun goes down at 3:30 p.m.), the campus bubble is a real thing. You’re 84% more likely to see someone you know (making #1 and #2 a bit awkward), but for some reason, you love walking around campus and just feeling super collegiate. Pretty soon you'll walk around and just feel old.

8. Views of the skyline.

You’re right across the river from downtown Minneapolis and oh, buddy, that is a nice view you’ve got from the fourth floor of Bruininks Hall. Walking across the Washington Avenue bridge at night is made just a little bit better by the soft glow of the distant skyscrapers. Something about the comfort of your college bubble makes it just a bit more beautiful.

They say college will be “the best years of your life.” And, while that’s not entirely true, there are some moments when you can’t help but think, “Damn, yeah, this is okay.” Revel in those moments.

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Joining My Sorority Changed My Life

There is more to Greek life than meets the eye.

When I started my first semester of college, I was shy, nervous and a little lost. I made some mistakes, lost my footing and attempted to get my act together. Moving eight hours away to a place where I knew absolutely nobody was the scariest thing I've ever done, but the one thing that made it ten times more bearable was the decision to rush.

Since move-in weekend, the "The Possibilities Are Endless" recruitment fall 2017 flyers were hung up in every hallway from my dorm to my classrooms. Coming into Ohio, I said I would never rush. Greek life has had a bad reputation among many and it didn't seem like the right thing for me. But I kept stopping by to read those flyers, paying attention to the block letter sweaters that sorority girls wore to class, and couldn't help but stare as I walked past the sorority houses on campus.

Ultimately, I decided to rush. What should hold me back? Nothing.

So I stepped out of my safe little bubble and walked into 10 houses of girls screaming the "Go Greek" song at the top of their lungs for two weekends in a row, and man it was the best decision I've ever made. Walking out of Alpha Omicron Pi for the last time before bid day, I never would've imagined what an impact this chapter would have on my life in such a short period of time.

After one semester, I had met my closest friends, not only in college but life in general.

Since day one, these girls have treated me better than the shallow friends I had known for years back home in high school. Throughout the entire first semester, if I ever needed anything, ran into trouble, needed advice or a shoulder to cry on after a bad week, all I had to was say the word and my sisters would be waiting for me in their rooms. They are the reason I made it through those first difficult months away from home, that bad exam or that one aching heartbreak.

What so many people don't realize is that the awful stigmas, stereotypes and bad reputations that Greek life has are not true at all. From the outside, it's easy to brand us as shallow girls who all wear the same clothes and act the same way. But we all know that you can't judge a book by its cover, and the same thing applies for judging sororities.

You can't know what it's like unless you've gone through recruitment or have joined yourself,

Recruitment teaches us valuable conversational skills, how to look nice, and present ourselves in the best image possible. All these qualities are important life skills when it comes to future job interviews. We host charity events for our philanthropy, helping those in need, and have mandatory service/volunteer hours we must complete each semester. Every chapter has a minimum GPA that their members must meet in order to remain in the organization.

The general idea that those who are in Greek life are not serious about their studies, slack off and don't get good grades is one of the biggest lies I've ever heard. Here at Ohio University, the average GPA of members in Greek life is actually higher than the overall GPA of the rest of the student body.

If that doesn't speak for itself, then I don't know what will.

Being in a sorority teaches us how to balance sisterhood and studies. Older sisters are always willing to lend help to the new freshmen if they're struggling with a difficult class the others have taken before. We always put our academics first, and social life second.

My sorority taught me how to lift each other up, to tell your sisters you're proud of them, to tell them you love and appreciate everything they do.

With these amazing women, I've had the time of my life in college. From date parties, to bid day, family dinners and socials, these are the memories I will cherish forever. It's made me a better, more dedicated and happier person. Thanks to my chapter, many opportunities have opened up to me.

I know I'll always have a home there and friends who run to me with open arms after being away for an entire month over break. And it means the world to have such loving people who worry about you and miss you every day when you're away.

There truly is no way to express my gratitude for Alpha Omicron Pi, and I hope that others will see this and realize there is so much more to sororities than meets the eye.

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Thoughts About A 21st Birthday

Turning twenty-one has its pros and cons.

In life, we all have the "useless" birthdays. These birthdays are nothing but a celebration of turning another year older. This is kind of how I felt last year when, in February, I became twenty. But twenty-one is considered a milestone, especially for American youth. In the long run, how unique is gaining another responsibility?

I only question this, and slightly dread it, because there is more that comes with being twenty-one. For myself, a female, being this old means I am required to receive Pap smears in South Carolina, a procedure I do not like in the least. If you don't know what this is, well, they put a plastic thing inside you to open the region up and check the cervix for cancer. It isn't pleasant for me for multiple reasons.

But, back to what everyone knows about this age: drinking and the ability to purchase whatever kind you like.

I will probably enjoy being able to drink here. Thing is: I've had alcohol before. In Europe and Mexico, everything is a bit more relaxed, and it is indeed an excellent experience to learn what wine tastes like, or alcohol in general, and how to be a responsible drinker. Have I snuck some vodka in a tea before while on a trip? Yeah, and it was good. So, in hindsight, I've already had a taste of that part. But I'm celebrating regardless of experience.

Also, I'm going to be happy to be twenty for the next little bit. Do I know what I'm doing with my life? Not necessarily. And it will be a while until I do. But that is the point of being at this stage. And another year won't change that.

Yeah, I'm happy it is coming up, and that I get to see my friends and family, but I have only lived a short part of my life. More milestones will top this one, and they might not even be birthdays. But I'm still glad to be able to celebrate with those I love.

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