College World Wonders

11 Wonders Of The College World That Will Take Your Breath Away Like Looking At The Taj Mahal

As a college student, days seem to be repetitive and never ending, but sometimes you are blessed with a view as spectacular as one of the world's seven wonders.

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Waking up to an email that says class is canceled definitely rivals the view of the Taj Mahal. College students dream of canceled classes, nap breaks and saving money wherever possible. These things are so incredible and few and far between, that we can easily consider them our own college world wonders.

1. Student discounts

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Free soft drink with student ID? Yes, please. Also, thank you Spotify, Hulu and Showtime for only charging me five dollars a month for your much needed uses.

2. Canceled class

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*wakes up at seven

*checks email for cancelled class

*goes back to sleep

3. No final exam

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Dear professor that does't think it's necessary to test us on everything we've supposedly learned the last four months, thank you. Sincerely, every college student.

4. Getting out of class early

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When the professor just stops talking and starts packing their things up when you still have thirty minutes of lecture left and you ask yourself if this is even real, because how could anything so great happen to you?

5. Open book exams

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Basically saying, "everyone gets an A". No complaints here.

6. Homemade meals (made by anyone, but ourselves)

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Going home and your mom makes your favorite meal for dinner because she knows all you eat is frozen pizza and day old pasta.

7. Free stuff

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You're giving away shirts just for attempting ring toss? I'll take one. Free popcorn if I sign your petition? Um, yeah sure I'll sign twice.

8. No textbook required 

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Number one, a couple hundred dollars saved. Number two, minimal reading assignments.

9. Game day

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Just a reason to wear super cute school apparel and pre game the football game all day with your besties. I'll take this perfect storm any Saturday.

10. No short answer

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This means I have a twenty-five percent chance of getting every question right. Nice.

11. Attendance not required

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You're telling me that I don't have to show up to this eight am class and I can still pass with an A? Could anything ever be greater than this?

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

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Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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