College Expectations Vs. Reality

College Expectations Vs. Reality

Because what happens in college is never quite what you expect.

College is an experience unlike any other. There are moments when you think you have your life together and other moments when you’re sitting in your dorm wondering what in the world is going on. You go to college with all these big expectations, only to find out that at the end of the semester, you may have done half of them. Maybe. If you’re lucky. Here are a few “expectations vs. reality” that we all face our first semester of college.

1. Expectation; I'll eat healthy all the time and go to the gym every day. I want to be fit and healthy in college.

Reality; Walking to class counts as exercise, right? And those three pop tarts I ate today, they won't affect my weight, will it?

2. Expectation; I'm going to go to bed early every night because I don't want to fall asleep in class.

Reality; My bedtime during the semester ranged from 1 am to 3 am. There was no getting to bed early.

3. Expectation; I'm going to wake up early before all my classes and have a nice morning routine to get my day started. Then I'm going to dress cute and put on makeup for class.

Reality; I was lucky if I woke up in time for class without being rushed and having to get ready in 5 minutes.

4. Expectation; I'll never skip or be late for a class.

Reality; I think we all know how this one went, do I really need to go into details?

5. Expectation; I'll get my homework done on time so I'll never have to rush around and do it.

Reality; I can't even begin to count the times I've done my homework the night before or even an hour before I had that class.

6. Expectation; I'm going to get really good at saving money so that way I won't have to worry about it.

Reality; WRONG. So wrong. I thought I was broke in high school, but it is much worse in college.

7. Expectation; I'll have a ton of free time to do whatever I want.

Reality; Between my sorority, my jobs, and school, I barely have time to sit down sometimes. Somedays I feel like a whirlwind of different things I need to do, and by the time I get the chance to lay down, I remember that I had homework that night, too.

8. Expectation; I'll become independent and finally feel like an adult.

Reality; In all honesty, even though you are on your own, you still don't feel like an adult. I still call my mom to ask her questions like, "Do you wash whites in cold or hot water?" or "How do you jump a car?"

9. Expectation; Hopefully I'll find a cute boy during my freshman year.

Reality; Boys are still immature in college and going on dates takes too much effort. I'll stay single for awhile.

10. Expectation; I'm going to go out all the time and socialize and meet new people.

Reality; I have a committed relationship with my bed and Netflix, and I don't see it ending soon. Yes, sometimes it is fun to go and have fun with your friends, but you also need that quality time with yourself every once in awhile.

11. Expectation; I won't miss my family because they're only an hour away, and it will be great to get away from them.

Reality; Even though it's only an hour drive, I miss my family so much. I always get so excited when they come to see me. It makes the times we spend together much more enjoyable since I can't see them every day like I use to.

College is a wild ride, full of ups and downs, but the lessons you learn from it are all worth it.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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My First College Gal Pal Road Trip Was Amazing

Every girl should have one good girls trip.


In some way or another, everybody has a list of things they want to do in their lives before it's all over. After all, we're human. There's adventure to be had in every life. One thing I have always wanted to do before I grew too old and grey was go on a road trip with my gal pals to the beach. A couple weeks ago, I achieved this memorable milestone, and it allowed me to open up to new surroundings and experiences.

On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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