15 Graduation Tips That You Don't Have To Apologize For When You're Being Too Extra

15 Graduation Tips That You Don't Have To Apologize For When You're Being Too Extra

This is your unofficial graduation checklist.

Class of 2018, there's only one time we will ever have to apologize this graduation preparation season.

That, my friends, would be saying "sorry" to our graduation photographers for accidentally blowing glitter in their eyes during the candid shot.

Other than that, here are 15 graduation tips that are certainly extra, but you don't need to apologize for:

1. Adding tassels to everything

Tassel you need to stand out... (Get it? Tassel... that's all...)

2. Smearing foundation on the inside of your cap within 24 hours of owning your graduation attire

This is the first time in over ten years you were excited to play "dress up."

3. Overspending during your last ever shopping spree, knowing you will no longer have financial aid to spot you

Who do you think you are with those funds? My hope is that you splurged on professional wear because the sooner you're hired for a job after a graduation, the sooner you can make more money to build your dream wardrobe. Which leads us to:

4. Making memes about going from undergraduate to unemployed

This is my sister, Karina (Washington State University, Class of 2016). She is, indeed, currently employed.

5. Waking up at 2:00 a.m and cry about your ex as the after-effect of you falling asleep to your graduation playlist

I cannot believe you're still not over him. This is what happens when your graduation playlist includes Long Live by Taylor Swift, which then makes you throw it back to your playlist of break-up anthems.

In the words of Ed Sheeran, "You and I ended over U.N.I."

6. Wearing your cap and gown at home, even though you gotta bunch the hem on your lap when you need a poo

You did not pay 50 dollars to only wear this getup once.

7. Burning all your homework assignments

But, I get it. You, nor your roommates, did not expect your last electricity bill to be that high.

8. Watching the entire series of ABC Family's "Greek" for the 74th time since it aired in 2007

You're going to miss watching one relatable T.V. show that you so diligently studied to understand the current drama going on in your current life.

9. Selling all your things for cheap on 'Free and for Sale'

Because you're desperate to get rid of them before moving back in with your parents. I'm currently trying to sell my mini fridge (you name the price)... just sayin.' This is definitely my favorite graduation tip.

10. Running into your freshman year booty call at the Cougar Country drive-thru

One, when did he grow that creeper mustache? Two, you're lying when you say you're never rolling through Cougar Country ever again. Let's find out that five years from now when the Cougs win a home football game your drunk butt drags you there.

11. Calling over your spring fling to have one more dance with this "thing"

12. When you finally deposit the coins your 4-year "College Savings" piggy bank for a grand total of $36.52

Oh, well. That'll cover treating you and two other friends to graduation morning mimosas.

13. Realizing the stack of free shirts you accumulated from pep-rallies and campus picnics is just as thick as your textbook mound

14. Buying more groceries than you actually need, considering you have exactly one month left in your college town apartment

In the voice of Oprah Winfrey: "Hey roommates, take a look at your section of the refrigerator. You get some bacon... AND YOU GET SOME BACON!"

15. Inviting your friends over for an unofficial graduation ceremony rehearsal, where you critique each other's catwalk down the aisle

Guests will either remember you as the grad whose strut was as elegant as a Victoria's Secret Angel or as the number one trending #graduationfail of the year. This is probably the best graduation tip I can give you, which is why I saved it for last.

Congrats, Class of 2018! May we be unforgettable. We are the longest lasting flavor of Extra.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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