9 Little Things That Really Get On My Nerves

9 Little Things That Really Get On My Nerves

Sometimes it's the little things in life that really get to you.

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As Thanksgiving break is finally upon us, I feel like I've been a college student long enough to state a few of my opinions. I absolutely love UMD and could not have chosen a better college to attend; however, much like any place you love, there are still a few things that might get on our nerves. Here are a few things that really tend to grind my gears for no particular reason.

Someone taking your seat in class

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Look, I understand we're in college and assigned seats don't exist anymore, but don't be that person that sits in a different seat each class. We've all been in the same seats all semester so don't show up early to class one day and think you're going to take my seat, I will glare you down the whole class period.

When the toilet paper isn't changed

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Sharing a communal bathroom really hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be; however, there are a few things that really get on my nerves and one of those is when the toilet paper roll isn't changed and the new roll is simply sitting on top of the old one. Ladies, if the toilet paper roll is empty take that one off of the holder and put a new one on, it's really not that difficult.

Using the sink and getting a big wet spot on your t-shirt

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My biggest pet peeve I've adopted since college is this happening to me. I'll go to brush my teeth before going to bed and come out of the bathroom with a huge blob of water all over my t-shirt from the countertops being wet. Look I don't know how you people manage to get water all over the counter, but be a decent human being and dry it off when you're finished, please.

Bikers

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ATTENTION ALL BIKERS: YOU DON'T OWN THE FREAKING CAMPUS. I will make room for you to pass me so please don't swerve around me going extremely fast and freak me out. Also please pay attention to where you're going I'd prefer to not get hit by you because you aren't paying attention to where you're going.

Random rain showers

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Maryland's weather is much like Kentucky's weather so I don't know why this comes to a surprise to me, but I despise random rain showers. It's a real pain when you go to your class and it's sunny outside and then you come out and it's raining. It's even worse when you aren't prepared and forget your rain jacket or umbrella.

No tables left at ESJ or the library

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I know there's 32,000 other students on campus but it's extremely frustrating when you work up the motivation to go to the library and find there's no tables or chairs available. It's almost worse when it happens at ESJ because most of the time I'm there in between classes, so when I end up having to sit on the floor next to the door of my classroom I am not a happy camper.

Student athletes on their mopeds

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Okay, we get it you're a D1 athlete, cool. You still don't own the place, be considerate to others, please! We support you in all of your athletic endeavors so please support us in our walking endeavors.

Being harassed on your way to class 

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This isn't as annoying as it was the first couple of weeks, but when you're walking to class and there's a club stationed on the mall you know you're about to be harassed. That's when you put your earphones in and walk on the completely opposite side of the sidewalk in hopes you won't get yelled at to join a club or have flyers thrown at you.

The lingering smell of the dining hall

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My roommate and I talk about this on the daily. The dining hall is great and everything, but upon exiting the building the stench of greasy food follows you all the way back to your dorm. Even if you've showered before going to eat you're probably going to want to take another shower to get the smell out of your hair. We recommend spraying Febreze on your clothes as soon as you get back to the dorm as well.

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I'm sure you've heard it before...

"Cut someone out of your life if they negatively impact your mental health."

"You need to cut off friends, family, anyone that is bad for you and your future."

"You will be so much better off once _____ is gone from your life."

At this point in your life, you've probably cut off one or more people who you believed weren't good for you. You were prioritizing yourself, and that meant letting go of someone, regardless of the memories, bond, and love that you had for them. It was probably difficult, but somewhere down the line, you knew that you did what was best for you. And you stood by that decision.

But how many times have you been the problem?

How many times have you sat down and took the time to analyze a situation, only to come to the conclusion that YOU'RE the one that's messing up? And that if you changed x, y, and z, you could save or help your relationship with your friend, family member, or significant other.

Probably not very often.

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up. At some point, I hope you realize that you weren't so perfect either, after all. And when you do, this is what I want you to think about:

We all go through different phases of our lives, and it's okay to understand and acknowledge that this phase doesn't represent the best version of yourself. Character development isn't a strict upward slope, where you start off being a shitty, underdeveloped, immature person, but then progress into being an angel. There are going to be ups and downs. There are going to be moments where you're really disappointed in yourself, and can't believe that you let yourself slip up to that degree. We all have flaws, we all make mistakes. But also all have so much potential.

As long as you're willing to put in the effort to change (because everyone around you deserves that), then you're on the right track. And I'm proud of you for having the emotional maturity to self reflect and be better. That's the first step.

And the next step is going to involve putting everything you're saying into practice. I can't promise you that it's going to be easy. And I can't promise you that you're going to drastically permanently change overnight. If I did, I would be lying. But what I can promise you is that everything you're going to do will be worth it in the long run. I hope that's enough of a reason to dig deep for a new you.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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