10 Reasons Why College Is The Best Time Of Your Life

10 Reasons Why College Is The Best Time Of Your Life

The apex of your life: personal growth, social growth, and Natty Light.
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To say that everyone reaches an ultimate peak at some point in their life, and that everything is downhill from there, is a myth, and quite a depressing thought. So then why do we hear the phrase "college is/will be the best four years of your life" all the time? You should never give up on the greatest years of your life being in front of you, but something has to be said for all wonderful things about this period of our life in college.

1. You're away from home for probably the first time ever. And what a feeling, amirite? You now have a level of control over your life that you lacked while being back in high school living with your parents. You get to do school at your own pace, and have very few authority figures breathing down your back. You can literally walk to Taco Bell whenever you want.

2. With this, comes a lack of accountability for most. Wiz Khalifa said it best when he sang "I hate college but love all the parties, finishing kegs and crushing bottles of Bacardi..." Same, Wiz. College is a place some choose to build up their alcohol tolerance and binge-drink the weekends away. There's a danger in this, but most think it's a key part of the experience. Whatever trouble you get into in college will have a far less significant impact than if it were to happen way later.

3. Time is irrelevant. You still don't know what you want to do with your life? It's okay, you've got time (whatever that means...).

4. You're surrounded by a ton of brilliant people with a lot of ambition and passion. They are working on experiments, thesis's, films, dissertations, etc. You can also learn a lot about life from your seasoned professors, if they choose to be open with you. Being inspired by the passions of your peers is something unique to the college experience, and something that will stay with you long after you graduate.

5. In college, you get a free pass to reinvent yourself constantly. This is where you begin to truly develop your thoughts and philosophies. You begin to understand what values are important to you and where you fit into the world. You also become familiar with your limits, and how to be efficient while you're up until 4:00 a.m. writing essays.

6. College provides an atmosphere for very easy, casual oncoming friendships. These friendships will happen fast and the connections will last. This is also a period for the easiest oncoming hookups. Sleepovers with boys literally whenever!!

7. College provides a vast array of leadership opportunities that can lead to networking, something vital to all of our futures. There are also fraternities/sororities and other groups one can join that will undoubtedly provide them with unmatched college experiences and relationships.

8. Along with college comes a level of adventure. What's stopping you from taking that weekend trip to Fugitive Beach with your friends, or to Kansas City to see your favorite band play? Not to mention that studying abroad is a viable option, and will be cheapest travel you will ever have access to.

9. There are few pressing financial concerns. These are the last few years where it is very acceptable to rely and depend on your parents for financial support. Those loans you're taking out aren't a concern, at least at the moment. Everyone is living the "broke college kid life," and if you do have a part-time job, chances are it is just as much fun as it is work.

10. You're surrounded by thousands of people in the exact same situation as you. You've become part of a controlled, collaborative community, and it's yours to take by the reins.

This a unique situation that, as far as I can tell, one will ever really experience again. We're all young enough that we don't need to officially be adults, but old enough to get out, live on our own, and buy beer; for some, this is the absolute pinnacle of life.

Cover Image Credit: Missouri State Alumni Assosiation

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15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."
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Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

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Poetry On Odyssey: Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

"...Have conversation, turn off the cable..."

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It's Holiday season,

Time to be freezin'.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it,

Don't stop now, you can't quit.

Numerous trips to grocery stores,

Pure mayhem when you walk through those doors.

Shelves bare,

You're ready to pull out your hair.

Long check-out lines,

Or delayed airlines.

Prepare and cook the turkey low and slow,

Wait for that golden brown skin to glow.

Place the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table,

Have conversation, turn off the cable.


Before you know it, Christmas is here,

The classic songs are music to our ears.

Yet we all dread the trips to the mall,

To find the perfect gifts, big or small.

The Christmas Tree Lighting floods TV stations,

With singers from all generations,

The scent of candy canes fill the air,

We wish the day runs smoothly, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lots of wrappers and bows cover the floor,

As we obsess over our presents more and more.


New Year's creeps up on us,

Throwing a party is always a plus.

Streamers, noisemakers, food,

Who knew planning the perfect party was of this magnitude.

The line at the liquor store gets longer and longer,

Because of the stress in picking a champagne or sparkling cider.

Deciding to prepare finger foods or a five-course meal,

Why not get take-out? DEAL!

Clock counts down from ten.

As the clock strikes one, we've made it to another year, AMEN!

Glasses clinking,

People drinking,

"Happy New Year,"

We cheer.

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