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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15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

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35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

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44. "What should I wear tonight?"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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