How "Drake & Josh" Prepared Us For The Real World

How "Drake & Josh" Prepared Us For The Real World

"You'll be glad that you grew up learning from the wise words of everyone's favorite stepbrothers."
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Growing up, we all watched those crazy shows on television. Some of them suggested that life would offer us some opportunities that were just too good to be true, like "The Fairly Odd Parents." Some of them allowed us to experience things that we would never be able to experience on our own, like "The Wild Thornberrys." Some of them simply made us laugh, like "The Amanda Show." However, out of all the crazy things we've seen on television, no one better prepared us for the real world than "Drake and Josh." Though their shenanigans might seem a little too absurd to happen to everyday college students like you and I, you wouldn't believe how right they were about everything.



When professors ask you to answer a question on a topic that they haven't taught you yet. - In college, there aren't many things worse than being called on in front of an entire lecture hall and not knowing the answer to the professor's question. But come on. How can they expect you to know the answer when they haven't taught the material yet!?



Okay, fine. The only thing worse than not knowing the answer to the professor's question is when you answer the question incorrectly, and then the professor calls on someone else and they answer it correctly and act like they don't understand how anyone could not know the answer to that super simple, first grade question.



Those times when you're sure your professors are plotting your death because you've been assigned three papers, two presentations and an exam... all due on the same day. - We've all been there, when no amount of all-nighters seems to provide the amount of time you need in order to prepare for this due date. We promise, it will get better... After you turn everything in and you can sleep for three days straight.



Nothing beats mom's home cooking. - You're probably going to be pretty excited to try all sorts of new things while you're away at college. Food from the dining hall is not going to be one of them. Whether you're grabbing a quick bite in between classes or you're mowing down on everything in sight, nothing you eat in the dining hall will compare to your mom's home cooking, so make sure you say thank you when she sends you those leftovers.



Teachers can do whatever they want, including changing the due date of an assignment an hour before it's due. - College can make you feel pretty bad about yourself sometimes. And sometimes, it's not your fault and there's not a thing you can do about it. Like when you spend three days in the library working on an assignment and you trudge all the way to class and when you get there, the teacher extends the due date for all of the students who didn't get it done in time.



So whether you're trying to justify the fact that you've skipped all of your classes for the day...



Or you're learning something you never knew that you never knew...



You'll be glad that you grew up learning from the wise words of everyone's favorite stepbrothers.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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