The Phases Of College We All Go Through Spongebob Style

The Phases Of College We All Go Through Spongebob Style

Mrs. Puff: "You need 600 to pass. You got 6."

Being a college student living with other college students, I've experienced and seen many phases of college that almost everyone will go through. Some phases may seem like the end of the world, but they're all worth it in the end when you're feeling like a success!

College usually seems stressful to most. Even on days when you don't have a lot of work or studying to do, it seems like you're still thinking about what there is that you could be doing for a class.

The phases begin right as college begins. Shall we go through them? The answer is yes. Yes we shall:

The excited but nervous phase.

You're living in a new place with new people and attending new classes. The excitement and nerves play a big part in your adjustment.

The "I'm not ready to live on my own or grow up" phase.

You're not used to doing your own laundry and you're constantly wishing you were a kid again.

The party phase.

No matter how hard you try to stop it, dancing continues to take over your body.

The "I don't know what I want to do with my life" phase.

You've debated on changing your major more than 4,938 times and add/drop classes like it's your job.

The stopped caring phase.

You don't seem to care about school work anymore and can only think about the next school break.

The loner phase.

We all go through a period of time when we feel distant or in our own little world.

The stressed obsessive cleaner phase.

The idea of how much work and studying you have to get done stresses you out, so instead of doing it like you should, you stress clean.

The giving up phase.

"37 papers due tomorrow, 23 exams next week, and 19 projects due on Tuesday; do all of this while simultaneously standing on your head and reciting the alphabet backwards"; the expectations professors have for you seem this high, so sometimes you debate on giving up.

The studious phase.

It's time to get all of this work done! You'll most likely sit in the library for a week straight and feel as if you just transformed into the smartest person in the world.

The nerd phase.

This is the period of time where you're acing all of your exams and papers or doing well overall, so you feel victorious.

The entering a new semester phase

A new semester means new classes, which also means it's time to get rid of all the old information in your head and make room for the new information!

The low meal plan phase

We've all hit this phase before; you're spending too much money on your meal plan and need to cut back by doing whatever it takes.

The broke college student phase

Whether you're buying something on amazon for $200.00 or for $2.00, you're still too broke to afford it and constantly refer to yourself as "just another broke college student."

The "like a boss" phase.

Whether you feel great about your outfit or your exam grade, during this phase you feel like an absolute boss and no one can do or say anything to tear you down.

The eating everything in sight phase.

Every single food you see, you want to eat. This could be stress eating, bored eating, or really anything else, but if your eyes see it, your mouth will want it.

The nothing seems to go your way phase.

You could wake up and say to yourself, "Today is going to be a great day", but then as soon as you walk out the door, something happens to ruin it (the good thing about this phase is it can be turned into something to laugh over instead of dwell over)!

The mental breakdown phase.

We all hit a point where we break down, even over the littlest things. Everything could build up and then simply dropping your pencil will make you hit Rock Bottom (Spongebob pun intended).

The making it through another year phase

You did it! You made it through another year!

The happiness with friends never ending "phase."

Though most of these phases seem stressful, yet relatable, that's OK. At the end of every day, you are surrounded by the friends that turned into family, and that's the most important part.

They may be daily experiences for you and you've probably experienced them numerous times already. We all go through them. It's normal to be stressed and to spend a day crying, just like how it's normal to forget about homework for a day and spend quality time with your friends.

These phases of college are normal and quite frankly, if you don't go through them, then you're not really getting the entire college experience! Becoming educated and getting a degree means suffering through some stress and hard times-it happens to all of us!

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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