College Students, Grow Up And Get Rid Of Your Finsta

College Students, Grow Up And Get Rid Of Your Finsta

You're not winning brownie points from anyone.
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What is it about our generation that makes us think we have to put EVERYTHING about ourselves online? I get it, our social media lives and our physical lives exist in harmony with one another. But having a finsta is usually a mark of immaturity and outright pettiness. Finsta's do more harm than good, just ask Harley Barber.

For those of you who don't know, finsta stands for "fake Instagram," or where a person creates a private account where they post content that they usually wouldn't post on their public accounts. This may range from harmless things, like ranting about your horrible day, to posting racist videos, as was seen with the Harley Barber incident at Alabama. In a time where we are supposed to transition and become adults, we are doing just the opposite. Third, no one really cares about your opinions about anything that much that they are DYING to see your finsta.



The more I see finsta accounts, the less I can tolerate them. Posting every little intimate detail of your life on the internet, talking trash about other people without specifically calling them out... it's all derived from immaturity.

I can't specifically point out the one thing about them that pisses me off the most, but the overall idea of a finsta as a whole really grinds my gears.



I was told by a female Odyssey creator that "finsta's are free, therapy is not." While this may be true, using such a public medium to serve as your "therapy" may do more harm than good.

If something is going on in your life and you would rather go online to rant about your problems than talk to your friends about it, you should probably get new friends or people who actually care about you. Out of all of the reasons to have a finsta, however, this is the least problematic in my mind.



Next, we have the people who get on finsta to stir up drama and talk s*** about other people. Yes I'm looking at you high schoolers and college freshmen. What happened to the days where if we had a problem with someone, we didn't sit around and talk about that person and their character?

We used to confront people when we had a problem with them. If we simply didn't like a person, we kept their names out of our mouths — if these people are so s***ty, WHY would you go on Instagram to give their character MORE attention?



Finally, we have our Harley Barbers of the world. The people who post a bunch of photos and videos of them being ratchets. Drug use, alcohol everywhere, using hate language... the possibilities are endless. What baffles me is how people don't realize that their entire lives can be ended with one screenshot.

That's all it took for Harley Barber. Have more class than to put yourself snorting Adderall or shotgunning beer on social media. The world is watching, including future employers and your family.



Ultimately, what you put on your social media is your choice. The misconception that you will never get with your finsta account, however, is becoming ever too prevalent in our college culture. Talking badly about other people behind a secret filter where they see it doesn't make you any cooler. Recording yourself doing drugs isn't cute. Grow the hell up, and get off of your finsta.

Rant over.



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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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If You Notice You Say 'Could've,' 'Should've,' or 'I Want To,' You Might Need To Change How You Live Your Life

Do you notice you say these phrases more than five times a day?

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If that answer was a yes! Then you might "want to" read this!

Since being in college I have noticed and picked up on myself saying these phrases often over the course of my week. Generally, it usually the suspects of this thinking come from my social and academic life either in the past, present, and future.

In the past, I regret doing a lot of things in my life from not being involved enough in high school, not going out for activities and hobbies that I was interested in, not making enough money, and not using my time usefully. Academically I and everyone else wishes that they tried harder, take more AP and dual enrollment classes so time here at college could have been a little less stressful.

Currently, you might be angry about the way the previous semester went with your GPA, maybe you didn't do as well on your test because you decided to hang out with your friends, or you contemplate going to an SI session even though you know it would be good for you but you have other homework to work on.

Looking into the future you maybe were wishing to hang out with your friends, or you are obligated to go to something while another event was going on that you actually wanted to go to, or finally not getting invited to something and feeling really bad about yourself.

Yes, there is hope for these problems!

What has happened in the past has happened and you can not regret those decisions. You see perspective is the biggest thing in these situations it is the way you look at things that will determine how you feel about them. Now, that you know you can't change the past and only learn from the past, do their mistakes change your perspectives? However, there should be no excuses when it comes to the present and resurfacing those mistakes you made in the past that are coming up again.

(Sorry if that came off rude, but it's the truth.)

If you admittedly have made those mistakes in the past, don't bring them into your current life, leave them behind you. Finally, actively make a decision in the future that is maybe different and out of your comfort zone, or something you have always wanted to do. No more "what if's" or "I want to" by planning ahead of time you finally get to dictate and be happy :)

With a different perspective, everything can change!

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