8 Things you do All The Time In college That Would Never Fly At Home

8 Things you do All The Time In college That Would Never Fly At Home

Life at college and life at home couldn't be more different.


Life at college is a lot different than life at home. Each one has their perks, and it seems like you're missing one when you're at the other.

After graduating high school and moving into a college dorm, I found that life at college has its own daily routine that you have to get used to. You're always staying up later than you do at home, and you're sleeping half the day away when you get the opportunity to.

Being home means that Mom is cooking meals that actually contain a vegetable, so it's easier for you to get rid of that freshman 15. Yes, it does exist. You also have to make sure to tell your parents where you're going and what you're doing, because you're not on your own watch anymore.

College life and home life can be similar, but some things you do at school may not be acceptable when at home with your family.

1. Sleeping until noon.


Sleeping through half the day was how I was able to function at school, and if I couldn't do that, naps were always the answer. After moving back home, you're expected to act more productive and actually do something other than lay in bed all day. It's terrible.

2. Staying out until 3 A.M.


This was just the norm at school. Your nights started late and your sleeping schedule was always messed up because of it. Now you have to worry about what time you get home because sneaking into the house too late may wake up your parents or other siblings, and get you into some trouble.

3. Leaving the house whenever you feel like it.


At school, no one ever asks where you're going because you're on your own watch. You can leave and go as you please with no questions asked. You want to go out at home? Better make sure to tell your parents where you're headed. If not, you'll be put on trial about what you're doing, who is going, and when you'll be back.

4. Drinking when you get bored.


Have nothing to do at school? Crack open a cold one! That's always the answer, especially when the weather is nice. But at home, it isn't so appropriate to start drinking in the middle of the day, although I feel it should be.

5. Not doing laundry for weeks, then having to do multiple loads because there's so much clothing.


It just isn't acceptable to have your laundry pile up when you're at home. No one cares if you wear the same thing all week at college, but at home, someone will notice. Doing laundry more often than you're used to is essential, plus it's free at home! And if you're lucky, Mom will still do it for you. What an angel.

6. Eating whatever you want, whenever you want.


A healthy eating schedule is not a priority when you're away at college. You're able to eat like crap whenever you feel like it and that's mainly because you're too lazy to cook something that's nutritious. At home, I can't get a Domino's pizza at 1 A.M. That wouldn't fly with Mom.

7. Wasting a whole day watching Netflix.


Again, you're expected to be more productive at home. Binging a whole season of your favorite show may be an accomplishment at school, but at home, it may feel like you're being wasteful because everyone else in your family is going to work and school.

8. Throwing huge parties.


At school, there are never any parents to tell you that you can't have a giant rager, and you don't need to worry about any damages they may notice. At home, however, it is a lot harder for there to be a party that is at fraternity level. Plus, the police are a tad more lenient in a college town. If only frat houses existed everywhere you went.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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