FOMO: A Real College Disease
Start writing a post
Student Life

FOMO: A Real College Disease

Should you be diagnosed with FOMO?

FOMO: A Real College Disease
Google Images

It was a beautiful fall day when I had to go home to celebrate my grandparent's 60th anniversary. I was more than happy to be there with my entire family. We had an amazing mass, a delicious meal, and many memories shared.

That's when it happened. I opened my Snapchat to pictures and videos of my friends at the first big tailgate my school has ever seen. Yet, there I sat, at the kiddie table an hour and a half away from my school.

I already knew that my friends would be talking about it for weeks. My small school finally partied like a big school. This was a day that would go down in the history books, alongside the election of President Obama and the shit shows that is the current election, and I wasn't even there to experience it.

Instagram after Instagram, I felt this sinking feeling in my stomach. The feeling that I was missing out on something spectacular. I diagnosed myself with FOMO, the fear of missing out.

FOMO runs rampant in communities of teenagers, specifically college students. Sometimes this disease is contagious, it can affect whole groups at a time. FOMO is real, and we need to have a serious conversation about it.

It is okay to feel like you're missing out. Honestly, you probably are. Being on campus during the weekends is a truly beautiful feeling. There are no classes, campus isn't as crowded as it usually is, and you can just lay in bed until the middle of the afternoon without feeling bad. You get to go out with all of your friends and you don't have to worry about waking up on time for class the next morning.

Being at home just means that whatever your friends are doing, you won't get the invite. No matter how many times they say that they miss you, you won't feel how they are feeling during said activity. It's just a sad time all around.

Social media is to blame, mostly. If we were back in the days of our parents and grandparents, we wouldn't even know what everyone was doing on the weekend until Monday at school. By then, you wouldn't even care about not getting the invite. However, we are stuck in the golden age of Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Everyone and their mothers know what is going on during the weekend and they make sure that it's on the internet for all to see.

You're not the only one battling FOMO. Just ask around you. Your peers feel the same way as you. I missed the tailgate. My best friends missed the President's Gala and a weekend full of parties. We all deal with FOMO on the daily, but we work hard to make sure that we have crazy good weekends like those when we are on campus.

Keep your mindset positive. It's not the end of the world if you miss a tailgate or a party. There are plenty more where that came from. Don't let FOMO consume you. It may be a contagious disease of millions of college students across the world, but it's curable and you will beat this disease.

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

A TikTok Ban? Nope, That's Not Happening

We've seen this movie before with the popular social media app.


Here we go again. There's a groundswell of support to ban TikTok in the United States.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Check out what's trending on Odyssey!

writing on a page with a hand holding a pen as if the person is beginning to write something

Looking for some inspiration to kick off your Monday? Check out these articles by our talented team of response writers! From poetry to tips for manifesting your dream life, there's something for everyone.

Keep Reading... Show less

Exploring the Superbowl's Historic 50 Year Legacy!

Building up to next Sunday

football game
astros / Flickr

The Superbowl is the biggest football event of the year, and the 50-year history of the competition has seen a lot of memorable moments. The event first began in 1967, when the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played in Los Angeles. Since then, the NFL has grown from a small regional competition to an international phenomenon. Over the course of the last 50 years, the Superbowl has seen some amazing plays, memorable moments and incredible records. This includes Tom Brady's record of five Superbowl titles, the first time the Patriots won three consecutive championships, and the Steelers' record of six Superbowl titles. The event has also become a cultural phenomenon, with millions of people tuning in each year to watch the big game. There are now commercials, halftime shows, and other events that make the Superbowl a true American spectacle.

Keep Reading... Show less
11 Genres Of Music That Originated From Black Culture

Numbers don't lie, up in the charts many times, black culture has defined the music industry. Music is a worldly language that can be understood by people all over the world. You bet black culture has taken over the music industry, but not from the way you may think. I'm not talking about their prominent presence in the rap game, but the origins of eleven different genres of music. Black culture is always using their heritage and ancestral knowledge to transmute the current energy to a higher frequency. Personally, I'm not surprised that many of these music genres have originated from black culture. Thankfully, I've been able to grow up in a diverse environment. I can only thrive in a diversity of friends.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Influence Of Music

Music is more than just instruments and vocals.

Elyse Music

Music is a powerful concept all on its own. There’s something alluring about being able to cut out the rest of the world, and surrounding yourself with harmonious sounds that synthesize together in a pleasant manner.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments