What Happens When You're A College Student Outside Of The College Bubble
Start writing a post
Student Life

What Happens When You're A College Student Outside Of The College Bubble

For the people who aren't experiencing what it's like to always be on campus.

What Happens When You're A College Student Outside Of The College Bubble

When you enroll in college, you have two choices: Either you invest all of your time in "university life" and get involved with all things that have to do with your campus, or you branch out and find things of interest that don't always pertain to where you are receiving your degree. If you find yourself spending most of your time with people who are at your campus and are involved with your school's activities, great! You have integrated pretty well within your school, and that's what universities usually want you to do.

However, I moved directly off of campus after my freshman year, acquired an internship in the city and even branched out to starting friendships with people from different schools, and I wasn't even halfway done with my sophomore year.

You expand your friendships.

I live around baltimore, and with Towson, Loyola, UMBC, MICA, Johns Hopkins, Goucher and University of Baltimore all within a 10-mile radius, there are a lot of college-aged people. There are so many opportunities to spend time with and meet people who are outside of your campus. While gaining a presence at your college could be beneficial, you are only there for a few years. I got to see other campuses and got to know other types of people. I've spent nights outside of Towson's uptown and off-campus house parties and experienced Loyola bars and even in downtown Baltimore, Fed Hill and more. I found myself expanding my relationships with people that I wouldn't have met just on campus. I even met people who have already graduated and these are the people that have become some of my closest friends here.

You visit more places and go on more adventures

Now, for freshmen who don't have cars at school, this is a little hard with timing buses and shuttles, and campus life is usually a better choice. But once you have a car with you and housing with no rules, adventuring is endless. I found places to hike around town, awesome restaurants around Baltimore, and when you meet more people, you find the means to go-places. I was lucky enough to visit D.C. last fall for the first time ever and visit museums that I've dreamed of visiting for years. I saw the White House and all the touristy things I could've pictured. Sure, campuses will have groups and programs that set up dates and times to go with people from your school, but for individual people who just like going with the people they want to spend time with, stepping outside your campus can have perks.

You get experience in the real world.

Going outside the college bubble, you will realize what being in the real world is like after graduation. Some people get internships at their campus, and that is awesome. In my case, I was lucky enough to land an internship for The Walters Museum in the middle of Baltimore. I got to feel what it was like to go into the city and have experience in the setting that I love the most. I was around all ages and met people from all other educational backgrounds. Now that most of my close friends have already graduated, I get a look into what it is like to live as a post grad. I get to see what it's like trying to get a job. When you are not trapped in the college bubble, you realize that learning who hooked up with who last night and who passed out where is not something you want to fill your conversations with. You find other things to talk about. If you get involved with the community outside the dorms, you find out better places to hang out. For me, I have experienced so many fun attractions in Baltimore like the Visionary Art museum, Artscape, The Inner Harbor, Loch Raven Reservoir, and plenty more.

You rush yourself with life plans

With having a friend circle who is mostly completed with their undergrad, I think that I often rush myself into wanting to get to that next level in life. While I am only halfway through my undergraduate education, I feel as though I am behind because I am not working a big girl job that pertains to my major. I forget that I am not even close to getting my degree. Sometimes I think I am not as good as all of my friends who are older than me. Relationships shouldn't be a concern for me, yet I look at people who are almost about to get married and think why I am not even receiving a text from the male species for a week. But I keep reminding myself that I am right where I am supposed to be, and nothing is wrong with me for spending my time working hard at school. I have to remind myself that I shouldn't stop myself from searching for entry level jobs that have a salary.

Maybe you are a little like me and understand what it is like when you are only at your campus for class, and then live life outside of the bubble. Some people find this quality a disadvantage for college life. But if you go to school with so much more to offer than just the campus, do yourself a favor and expand your horizons!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments