That 70's Show Explains Your Crazy College Experience

That 70's Show Explains Your Crazy College Experience

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Everyone knows college can be confusing, challenging, and demanding, but it can also be an incredible experience. Especially if your friends are anything like Eric, Donna, Fez, Jackie, Kelso and Hyd, you better be prepared for the ride of your life.


College is great. It's all about meeting new people and getting involved around campus. Unfortunately, sometimes making new friends involves a little bit of compromise...


Then there are those special people that you meet and instantly, you just know you're gonna be bros for life. But then you get so close so quickly and you pretend to get annoyed with how much you see them when in actuality you have no other friends...


But don't let college fool you! You will also meet people who.... actually, let's not go there...


While you're in college, you have to go out of your way to make sure your experience is everything you're bargaining for. Go find a club and join it. They don't have what you're looking for? Start it! How about the theater company?


If that's not for you, not to worry! There are millions of other fun things to do on campus.


But more important than extracurriculars are your classes. Remember that feeling when you walk into a class for the first time and don't know a single person in the room?


And when your teacher asks you something you should all know from like, middle school...


Or when you answer a super easy question wrong...


And then 30 seconds later you're kicking yourself in the butt because you totally should have known that!


Always make sure you cite your sources!


If I could give you any advice, it's to make sure you're super prepared for exams.


Because if you're not...


So when you go into a big exam, just stay calm.


And as soon as it's done, treat yourself because you've earned it.


But don't get too cocky when you get a better grade than your friends.


Especially when you needed to find new ways just to make it through that study session...


(Trust me, I'm an engineering major.)


But it'll all be worth it in the long run!


And then there's finals week.


Unless you're penalized for wrong answers, it's always better to put something down. Even if you're not sure if you're right, you can't be right if you don't write anything. And if you don't know the answer, just fake it 'til you make it!


And it's okay to pull an all-nighter and let things get a little crazy!


I know not all of us are super thrilled about who our roommates are...


And your living arrangement might not be ideal, but we all have to make the best of a bad situation.


Also, I know it can be annoying sometimes, but your RA's only want to help you.


Let me share a few tips that I've learned during my time away at college.

First of all, only certain things at the dining hall are actually edible.


Second, you never know when you'll need a helping hand, so when you have the means to do so, help your friends!


If it's not for you, DON'T DO IT.


If you've got free time, use it wisely!


And here's some things you should know:

You're in college. You're a big kid now, and mommy can't always save you anymore.


Some boys actually never grow up.


No, really - I'm serious about that one.


That's fine. You don't have to believe me. You'll figure it out on your own one day.


But what do I know? Don't let other people's opinions affect you.


Have confidence in yourself!


Because no one is going to love you like you love you.


If you're sick, GO TO HEALTH SERVICES!


It's okay to let loose, but be responsible.


There's a real reason that you didn't get that extra financial aid, but I promise it's not what you're thinking...


So when in doubt, know you're not alone.


College can be absolutely stressful...


...and a little trying...


...and expen$ive.


But I promise that in the end...

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15 Signs You're A Full-Time Working Girl, 40 Hours A Week Or More

Forty hours a week really changes you.
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Forty hour work weeks, 5 days, 8 hours per day. Full-time jobs require a lot of dedication and consume the majority of your time. I love my full-time internship, honestly. It's a lot of fun and I get to experience what it will be like when I grow up and work at a company. Here are some signs that you work full time.

1. You're always tired

Waking up at 6, being at work by 8 and not leaving until 5 can really make you exhausted. Waking up early kicks off your exhaustion while everything in between 8-5 can make you tired as well so by the end of the workday, you're ready for a nap. Except if you nap, then you won't sleep later and be even more tired the next day. Thank God for coffee.

2. Your body adjusts to waking up early

I don't seem to really sleep in anymore on the weekends. My body thinks I should be up early so I'm now waking up at 7 or 8. But hey I get to lay in bed until whenever I want so I don't mind too much.

3. Weekends become your summer

You try to squeeze your normal summer days into two days. Because they are the only days you have off, so you try to make the best of them.

4. Plan out your outfits

You tend to plan out your outfits every night because if you don't, you will be late to work. You can't just throw on any old shirt and shorts. You got to look good and professional.

5. Don't do anything during the week

You're dead after a day of work, so you dedicate your off time to resting and relaxation. You probably won't make major plans during the week.

6. "Sorry, I have to work."

This phrase is used a lot. If someone tries to plan something during the week: "Sorry, I have to work." Or if there's a late night party: "Sorry, I have to work [the next day]."

7. Love three day weekends

Three day weekends are a blessing from God. But the Friday before is an absolute killer and all you want to do is leave. Or the Monday after is even more worse than a normal Monday.

8. TGIF

Fridays have a whole new meaning when you work full-time. You can have a successful day at work and then you're able to party hard because you don't have to work in the morning. They also are the day that people can easily leave early on because hey, it's Friday.

9. Friends on the weekend

You won't see your friends until the weekend most likely. And sometimes you want to see them all at once but it's tough when you have only two free days. So hopefully all your friends are able to hang out together so you can see them all.

10. Have more laundry

I basically wear two outfits a day. My work outfit and my after work outfit. And they both are washed differently so I have to do separate loads. It actually sucks.

11. Super good at keeping track of time

You're always looking at the clock and become very aware of what time it is. It's weird but sometimes helps you get through the day.

12. You're always hungry

I've noticed that I am absolutely starving by the time 11 am rolls around. Then, when I get home, I am starving for dinner. Not sure why or how because I sit at a desk all day and don't have any physical activity but I eat a lot.

13. You're going to be pale

If your full-time job is in the summer, there's no way you'll get your usual tan if you work inside. Tanning is only for the weekends now so soak up the sun.

14. You may spend a little bit more

You're making good money at this job, so why not spend a little extra on some things? But everyone is different, so others may not even change how they spend their money.

15. Hump day has a whole new meaning

Took me from the time I first saw that commerical to when I started my full-time job to realize Wednesday is hump day because you're over the hump of the week.

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The Art Of Messes

It's just as strategic as organization.

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It's unplanned (most of the time). It's unsettling (for some of us). It's unnecessary (especially when it takes the place of organization). But it's precise. And it's impressive. And it really is ok. After being a camp counselor for less than a week, I have come to embrace the artistic element of a mess.

Children are inevitably messy. Give them a box of crayons and watch each crayon tumble to the floor, their wrappers swirling to the ground and their sturdiness unmatched by tiny fists. Give them a granola bar and find a corner of it here and a piece of the wrapper there. Give them a board game and uncover pawns three days later on the opposite side of the room. There is no organization to (most) of their little lives; there is no artistic intent. Yet a child can create the most outlandish inventions and ingenious games amidst, and I am coming to believe partially because of, the mess.

Not every child is messy. I was quite the opposite, in fact. Everything had it's place in my world, and it would in everyone else's if I had anything to do with it. However, I was not concerned with perfect labeling or hiding unsightly objects or color coding or picking up every little thing. If kids color-coded their crayons, how would they have time to use them?

I am, of course, still a strong advocate of organization. But I have come to realize that it can have its superfluousness. We organize to the point of disuse. Life becomes too pretty to touch. We sit on the outside when we could be in the middle of it all.

When the end of a camp day rolled around and the kids were disinterested of any more structure, I gave them paper and crayons (which mostly ended up on the floor). When clean-up time rolled around, they put all the crayons back in the box. Everything was organized - but it really wasn't. The crayons had been organized in a giant cardboard box with dividers, separated by color. It wasn't my box of crayons, and I began to fret. Seriously?? Seriously.

What is the point of organizing crayons by color? I asked myself. Nothing. There is no point. Maybe it makes each color easier to find, but what's the fun in that? When you can't find a pink, you use a magenta, and all of a sudden, your picture becomes a little more unique.

And such is life - you're not always going to be able to find a pink, even when that's what you really wanted. Part of the game is about what you set your heart on, but the other part is what you end up with and what you choose to do with that. An organized crayon box has no adventure; it has no surprises. An organized crayon box is pretty predictable.

I'm not encouraging you to embrace being messy but rather to simply embrace the mess. You will come across one every now and again, no matter how organized you are. There are days when I sweep the cafeteria at camp five times a day and still manage to find a Lego as soon as I am about to leave for the day.

There will always be something else to find on the floor. There will always be another mess to clean up. So maybe we should just let ourselves live in that mess for a little longer next time rather than be so obsessed with restoring structure. Who knows what we could find.

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