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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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

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Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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