9 Things To Expect In College
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9 Things To Expect In College

Some things I've learned in just one month of being in college.

9 Things To Expect In College
Taylor Horton

1. Lots and lots and lots of reading

A lot of reading in your classes that aren't English is quite common in college. And a word of advice: do the reading. Your professors don't just give out reading assignments because it's fun for them; it's information that you need to know. Trust me, you'll really wish you would have read when a pop quiz comes up...

2. More free time

After a few weeks in college, you'll begin to wonder how you ever handled seven class periods back-to-back in the high school days. Most of the time, you'll have only two or three classes a day, and only one on some days. You'll have a lot more time in your day than you did in high school and you won't come home wondering where your entire day went.

3. You will spend most of your free time doing work

This is the downside to having a lot of free time; you are going to spend quite a few hours of it doing homework, papers, and catching up on readings and assignments. I personally spend about 4-7 hours a night on homework and occasionally will have to pull an all-nighter because I have more homework than expected on that day.

4. Judgmental people are a thing of the past

With the exception of a few people, as always, there is not much judgement in college. If you want to wear a dress to class, no one talks about how you're only doing it for attention. If you come to school with sweats, no makeup, and third-day hair, no one stares at you like you're the ugliest thing they've ever seen. (Trust me, we all understand. It happens.) College at Wittenberg, at least, has been a very positive and judgement-free zone for me, which is something that many high schools lack.

5. You are going to get your cardio in for the day by your second class

Everyone knows of the famous "Hollenbeck Hill"; the precipitous incline leading to Hollenbeck Hall at Wittenberg University. If you walk up this hill only once a day, consider your cardio in check. Your thighs will thank you later because they will look bomb after a few weeks.

6. You are treated as an adult

If you have to go to the bathroom during class, you get up and go. No potty passes or signatures to be made in a planner. If you want to bring a bottle that isn't clear to class, go ahead and do it. Your professors aren't going to harass you about what is in it. Just make wise decisions about what you actually do put in it.

7. You don't have to drink at parties to be "cool" or "blend in"

The party scene is not my realm, personally. I also do not enjoy drinking much. But if I do go out with my friends one night, no one judges me for not having a Natty in my hand at all times. Don't feel like you have to drink or pretend to be drinking at a part. Plenty of people actually don't and just enjoy the social aspect. You do you, boo.

8. Your friends in high school will most likely not be your friends in college.

We all have those few friends who we actually do keep in touch with. However, most disappear from the radar and you will most likely never see them again. You'll begin to realize quite quickly that you were only friends with most people because you had to see them everyday.

9. You will take several naps a day and eat several meals a day.

This is no exaggeration and you will learn quite quickly how the "Freshman Fifteen" is developed if you don't also find time to workout or do a sport. You will most likely eat more than three multiple-course meals a day, and a snack in-between all of them, too. You will also find that you will take a nap at noon, only to take another one at three o'clock. That's just the way it is. Welcome to college, baby.

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Here are 100 things I'd rather to than study. I know the semester just started, but

    1. Watch a movie
    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

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