15 Signs You're a Hot-Mess Student

15 Signs You're a Hot-Mess Student

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Balancing school with other aspects of life can be challenging, whether you are dorming or living at home. Some people are great organizers, who handle school pressures well, manage to get eight hours of sleep, maintain a healthy social life, and maybe even play a sport. I mean these individuals really have it together ...and then there’s the rest of us.

You know you’re a hot-mess student when:

1) You rejoice about extended deadlines

You breathe a sigh of relief when the professor announces that the midterm paper is now due next week instead of tomorrow. Unlike your peers who were about done, you had barely even started, so that gives you at least another week to procrastinate some more! Perfect!

2) You ask people for their notes, even though you were in class

Of course, you were present that day, but your notes are not very detailed. Maybe you dozed off in class and now you cannot read your own writing, or maybe you were daydreaming about lunch. The possibilities are endless, but as you glance over the study guide, you realize you are lacking important test information.

3) You beg your professor to move the test date

There’s always that one person who pressure the professor to push the test back to a later date. You are that person. Your explanation, which always seems to work, is that every other professor is also giving a test that same day.

4) You have notes from other classes in the wrong binder

You constantly mix up your binders/folders and bring the wrong ones to the wrong class. Sometimes one binder is out of paper and you do not bother to refill it. Studying for tests can be frustrating because of this. Where are your Bio notes from 2/23??? Probably in your Music Appreciation folder.

5) You are always out of breath

You are always in a rush because procrastination equals late nights equals no sleep equals late start to your morning. You dress with one hand while you brush your teeth with the other. You cannot afford one more absence or tardy, and now you must awkwardly sprint-walk to class.

6) You are constantly paying fines

Since you are usually late, there is never any parking left …and that visitor spot is looking awfully tempting. You know parking closer will save you five minutes of your walk to class, so you take the chance. Who knows, maybe it will be your lucky day and campus security won’t catch you. LOL. (They will always catch you.)

7) You contemplate skipping class daily

Instead of waking up to Folgers in your cup, you wake up every day to thoughts of skipping class. Of course, you have already used up all two of your allowed absences, and you must go before your grade plummets three letter grades.

8) You keep an ample supply of energy drinks

Big assignments you have procrastinated long and hard on always require nights of hard core trap music and monster drinks to keep you awake. You are always prepared.

9) You never fail to catch some zzz’s in class

Why is there even an 8:00 class option in college??? Since you left high school, you have not been able to cope with this lifestyle, and there is not enough sleep in the world to keep you from dozing off.

10) You never have advice on homework

You dread the moment your classmate asks you for advice on homework. Either you are clueless, weren’t paying enough attention in class, you are stuck yourself, or you haven’t started the assignment yet. Either way, you are no help.

11) Your grade might suffer purely due to attendance

This student is never in class. You take advantage of absent days and of your professor’s compassion, especially if you accidentally miss a test. On some days, you take precautions to have a friend sign your name on the attendance sheet, but you are still in danger of failing due to attendance alone.

12) You are ecstatic about cancellations

WHAT?!!!! Class is canceled???! Awesome! Now you can catch up on your Netflix series and further delay your responsibilities!

13) You repeat clothes based on your schedule

The sniff test is your friend. The same jeans you wore yesterday to your MWF class is the same pair you will wear tomorrow to your TTh class and vice versa. On really rough weeks, you wear sweatpants and a hoodie religiously because only God can judge you.

14) You bring whole meals to class

You are that person that brings everything short of a frying pan and some cooking oil to class with you. You never have time to eat before class so bowls of cereals, your whole lunch from Chick-fil-A, and random beverages are normal class etiquette for you. The entire class resents you for making them hungry all the time.

15) Holidays can’t come quickly enough

Since the second week of the semester, you’ve been anticipating Spring Break. Even if you have zero plans, holidays are your absolute favorite because you get school days off. You cannot wait to be rid of time constraints, annoying school emails and overwhelming responsibilities. Finally, some time to yourself!

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

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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.

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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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