What You Learn In College Outside The Classroom

What You Learn In College Outside The Classroom


Yes, obviously we go to school to get an education. We are spending valuable time and money on learning about the structure of the human body, the correct way to paraphrase and insert quotation, and, of course, where the most rare igneous rocks are in the world. All of this information is very important, but clearly not necessary to survive a day-to-day life. Going into my junior year, I’ve come to realize I have learned more about myself and the world surrounding me more-so out of the classroom rather than within it. You can’t find and study these things in textbooks or go to office hours to get extra help from a professor. They are a mix of tasks you’ve never even realized you didn’t know because your parents have done them for you most of your life, and now you’re out of the house and completely clueless. These things you learn, and will soon enough know, on your very own and most of the time you find out the hard way.

1. You can’t go very long without a pair of clean underwear.

2. How to mail a bill…and write a check.

3. How to budget money.

4. And once you fail at that, you learn how to make $10 dollars last all week.

5. You need money to survive... so finding and applying for a job becomes a new skill.

6. Just how good breakfast for dinner is.

7. Also how amazing leftovers taste when you’re drunk.

8. You realize you can’t please everybody.

9. But the people you do please will become some of your best friends for life.

10. The realization that there are more people in the world than within the bubble engulfing your high school.

11. Due dates. Rent, utilities, loans, you name it. You will become a pro at memorizing important dates.

12. Whether you want to believe it or not, you will learn to say no to a night out with friends in order to prepare for that big exam in the morning.

13. Then, after you finish that exam, you learn how many shots you can handle before throwing up and blacking out.

14. Time management is a biggie. Between classes, homework, work, social life, and sleep you really become a huge advocate of preparing and planning.

15. If you’re tired enough you can fall asleep just about anywhere.

16. You also learn you don’t need your parents for every little thing in your life.

17. You learn to appreciate home cooked meals.

18. And when those meal privileges are taken from you, you learn just how crafty you can get with frozen chicken and a box of mac-n-cheese.

19. Eating healthy and working out is way harder to do than previously.

20. Probably because you’re still struggling with money and time management because, honestly, even as full grown adults we have a hard time balancing.

21. You learn whom you like and attract as friends, mentors, and lovers.

22. Walking from place to place is not so bad and can be the best part of the night.

23. Your taste in music will expand or even change completely.

24. You will realize some of your friends from home, who you thought were irreplaceable, can and are easily replaced by friends from school.

25. If you want to eat better it requires more money.

26. Having more money requires having a better job, and more time. Here’s that money and time management thing again.

27. How differently you think on drugs and alcohol.

28. Who your true friends really are when you’re in a sticky situation.

29. How to pregame harder than ever because you can’t afford the $7 drinks at the bar.

30. You will form your ideals, morals, beliefs, and judgments. And if you’ve already formed them previously in your life they will change.

31. How amazing your parents are for doing all of the things you never even knew they had to do.

32. How to appreciate a night in bed with ice cream and Netflix.

33. How wonderful it is that Papa John’s delivers until 3 am.

34. How to clean, yes it happens.

35. Who not to trust in a given situation.

36. Just how lucky you are that you’re enjoying growing as a person in the most fun-filled, exhilarating, stressful, and gratifying years of your life.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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