37 Things We All Do In Class Rather Than Pay Attention

37 Things We All Shamelessly Do In Class Rather Than Pay Attention

No one has time to actually listen to their professor.


If you're like me, then you're the one person who can't pay attention in class for anything. Sometimes I go on my phone/laptop and before I know it, the whole class is over. It literally flew by. For those of you hating on me, guess what? I hate me too. However, I think the worst part is that I still manage to pass my classes so in my mind it's okay. My laptop is my greatest friend and my worst enemy. I use it to take notes but because I have it readily accessible, I find myself getting distracted and doing anything but taking notes.

If you do these things, I guess we can suffer together.

1. Text.

This applies only to people with a Mac (because everybody who doesn't have a Mac is lame). I'm that girl who makes all those insane keyboard clicking noises in class while texting and not actually taking notes. Sorry not sorry.

2. Go on Facebook.

Facebook is the love of my life. The possible are endless on Facebook. One second I'm reading an article about how a man killed his neighbor, the next second I'm watching a Tastemade video, and all of a sudden I'm watching clips of "The Big Bang Theory."

3. Scroll through Twitter.

I guess you can say I'm addicted to social media. I'll go on Twitter during class and just send a bunch of tweets to my friends.

4. Check emails.

Emails are important. I honestly think I check my email more than I check any of my social media.

5. See how long you can hold your breath.

One minute. How about you?

6. Clean your shoes.

I can't focus on my professor but I can focus on getting that one brown spot out of my Adidas.

7. Google random shit.

Because why would I pay attention in a class I paid $700 for right?

8. Pay my rent.

I've done it. I've been there. Rent is more important than school right..? I wouldn't want to get evicted or anything because then how would I attend my school?

9. Work on other assignments.

I am so guilty of this and I'm not ashamed. It's almost as if you're killing two birds with one stone!

10. Doodle.

Why take notes when I can draw a picture of a princess riding a crocodile in the ocean wearing a parka?

11. Watch Netflix.

Alright guys, I promise that I have never stooped this low but I know other people have.

12.  Use the paint app on your computer.

It's like doodling... but on the computer. Genius.

13.  Go online shopping.

I have done this before and I 10/10 recommend. You may not have learned anything but yay for new clothes/objects right?

14.  Play solitaire. 

Or literally any other game.

15.  Avoid eye-contact with the teacher asks the class a question.

Oh what was that professor? Sorry, I was too busy playing MASH on my phone for the 900th time.

16.  Sleep.

We all have to get our beauty sleep sometime don't we?

17.  Pick off all your nail polish or fake nails.

I know you girls feel me on this. We leave class and have to grab the fat pile to put in the trash. And for those of you who think this is gross... you're right.

18.  Study for an exam.

Every minute counts.

19.  Send out snap streaks.

Yes, this is as pointless as out think it is.

20.  Eat.

We love food. Food is good. Food is great. Food help brain go fast.

21.  Organize your computer files.

There is no time like the present to delete unwanted files and sort everything into folders.

22.  Read a book.

I hate to say that I'm guilty of this but I am. Sometimes a book is so good that you can't stop.

23.  Stare at the teacher and zone off.

Ha, I bet you thought I was going to say stare at the teacher and pay attention. Alas, we sit there and think about 500 different scenarios that won't happen but it's good to be prepared!

24.  Give yourself a tattoo.

It's doodling... on yourself! Forget the paper and forget the computer, this is 10x better.

25.  Drink your coffee.

I'm sorry professor, I can only focus on one thing at a time. I was too busy drinking my grande non-fat latte in a venti cup with extra ice.

26.  Listening to music.

To those of you who are brave enough to have earphones in while your professor is lecturing, you have balls. I have never done this and I will not.

27.  Stalk celebrities.

Kim Kardashian did what?

28.  Plan out our schedule for the rest of the week.

I may not be paying attention but at least I'm productive.

29.  Look up your horoscope.

And your friends. And your moms. And your boyfriend/girlfriend.

30.  Play Free Rice.

If you don't know what I'm talking about then shame on you.

31.  Figure out you want to eat once class is over.

Not paying attention really made me hungry.

32.  Book a flight somewhere.

School won't get in the way of me planning my Spring Break.

33.  Watch cute dog videos on Youtube.

I am obsessed with dogs and I am not ashamed.

34.  Think about working out and then laugh.

I am not a gym person but I like to think that if I really wanted to, I would.

35.  Consider 50 different ways to call off of work later.

If I can't even pay attention in class, how am I supposed to work?

36.  Dream about Happy Hour.

It could be a Monday and I will still think about the bliss of Happy Hour. Why? Because then I don't have to pay attention in class.

37.  Cry.

You could cry because you're not paying attention in class. Or for literally any other reason.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.

College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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