8 Things You Do At College But Not 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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One day, you'll be thankful for us.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.


"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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