12 Things I Learned At UNC That Can't Be Taught In Class

12 Things That I Have Learned At UNC-Chapel Hill That Can Not Be Taught Inside A Classroom

"1. I don't want to go to grad school."

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My dad has always told me that what you really learn in college is how to deal with people, how to spit out work that other people want, and how to start being independent. While a lot of my classes have taught me some awesome material, I still learn tons outside of the classroom just by being a college student.

1. I don't want to go to grad school.

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Grad school was 100% my plan before starting freshman year. October of freshman year, I changed my mind.

2. Picking the right professor is what matters.

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The class meeting time doesn't matter. The class material doesn't matter. Your skills only marginally matter. What can really make or break your class grade is who is teaching it — thanks, ratemyprofessor!

3. Join clubs to make friends!

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I've made all my closest friends by being in the same club as them — and classmates are viable options, but let's be honest: not everyone is at their friendliest when they're trying to take notes or when they're trying to sleep.

4. Sleep is so important.

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In high school, I would sleep from about 1am-6am every weeknight and it was pretty rough. Now, I am in bed at around 11 every night and the earliest I ever wake up is 7:15. Working throughout the day is a much better system for me than enjoying my day socializing and then cramming work in at night. Sleep has made such a massive difference for me!

5. How to cook!!!

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I knew how to make some basic things in high school, but my boyfriend and I have started experimenting with more difficult recipes and I'd dare say that we've become pretty dang good cooks. The dining hall is fine and all, but when you're craving something home cooked and mom's not around, the next best thing is to do it yourself!

6. How to do laundry.

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This is another thing that I kinda understood but not really. I now know which items of mine can do in the dryer and which I should let hang from my drying rack to prevent shrinking. #adulting

7. All the small talk.

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You run into new people constantly on a campus as big as UNC's, which means that you quickly become a pro at small talk. Bonus points if you actually become friends with the person!

8. Cherish diversity!

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There are so many cool people here that I would not have ever gotten the chance to meet or understand in my old country town. Here, I run into people of many different religions, races, abilities, identities, and interests and it has really helped me to see the world in a clearer, more fulfilling way. You can teach this in a classroom all you want, but experience is definitely the best way to truly learn about other people.

9. How to get ready in 15 minutes flat

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I've always showered at night which has always saved me time, but I wouldn't have dared to show up to a day of high school without having spent at least 10 minutes on my makeup.

Now, I roll out of bed, throw my hair in a ponytail (without brushing it, judge me), slap on foundation and mascara, brush my teeth, and get dressed with the ultimate speed!

10. What I want.

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This one was a biggie, and my mom always told me it would happen. But like with most motherly advice, I didn't exactly believe it.

I knew I wanted to major in psychology upon entering college, but that was it. Since I've been here, I've picked up an advertising major as well and have narrowed down my interests and skills. It'll come, trust me!

11. You don't have to love (or understand) sports to enjoy them!

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I'm so unsporty.

I just can't follow what's going on, and if I'm lucky, I'll know like three players on whatever teams that are playing. But the energy of sports games at UNC is so fun and I enjoy them nonetheless!

12. I'm still special, even in a sea full of super smart students.

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My greatest fear before coming to UNC was that suddenly not being "the smart one" anymore would ruin me. Surprise, it didn't!

I'm strikingly average here, really, but it doesn't bug me. If anything, it's less pressure to live up to! But on a more serious note, I've come to learn more about who I am rather than how or where I fit in. I have a better feel for my talents, for what makes me happy, and for what kind of a person I am. It's been an awesome learning curve!

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10 Ways College Is 100% NOTHING Like High School

Once-a-day showers go to dry shampoo for four days straight.

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As a college freshman well into their second semester, it has officially occurred to me just how different, and often times better, college is compared to its predecessor, high school.

Here are just 10 ways the two could not be MORE different:

1. How you sleep

You'll go from waking up three hours before school to three minutes before class

2. How you hygiene

Once-a-day showers develop into dry shampoo for four days straight.

3. How you eat

Pizza goes from a once-in-a-while treat to an everyday food group.

4. How you socialize

You'll go from being nice to everyone to disliking people for no reason.

5. How much effort you put into your appearance

High school contour was on fleek and now there's somehow mascara on your forehead.

6. How you nap

Naps go from two hours to 10 minutes.

7. How you operate heavy machinery

Driving goes from 10 and 2 with perfectly lined up mirrors to driving with your knees and eating a taco.

8. Your classmates

High school classes are with all of your friends and college classes have strangers in them almost every day.

9. The people teaching you things

High school teachers are scary and mean, while college professors become your friends.

10. Textbooks

High school textbooks are provided where college textbooks need to be bought with another student loan.

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I'm About To Burst, Laughing At The People Who Thought My Pregnancy Meant I Had To Drop Out Of College

I get stared at in the halls and asked if I am going to drop out. Here are ways being a pregnant student has changed my college experience.

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I have been pregnant the entire time that I have been in graduate school. It was not how I planned to experience grad school, but it has opened my eyes to a whole new perspective and will give me a lovely son (seriously, any second now). There are certain things that I did not realize about being a pregnant student until I experienced it, and maybe my experiences can help better prepare other women, or give them something to relate to since pregnant students are such a rare breed.

As a grad student and a 25-year-old, I am around the average age to have my first child in America. I am not dependent on my parents and the world does not treat me like a child anymore.

However, since I decided to pursue my master's degree, I feel that people are not used to seeing pregnant and student in the same sentence without gasping.

When I first told my father, his first reaction was to ask me if I was to going to drop out.

This became a recurrent reaction from my family and friends (which my boyfriend who is also a student was never asked once). I did not expect the hesitant reactions and it made me feel shameful to be a pregnant student. As my expecting belly grew I always noticed that people on campus would stare at my stomach.

As I walked past, their eyes followed my belly like I had a giant red felt "A" on my chest.

None of my classmates are pregnant and thinking back, I can't remember ever seeing a pregnant woman in all of my five years of college. Since none of my classmates were pregnant, I felt like I had no one to relate to. There are a lot of things that pregnancy effects, besides the baby in the tummy part. I could not go out and get drinks with my classmates and bond with them the way that they were all doing. I could not relate to them fashionably because maternity clothes are heinous. I also feel like pregnancy put up a barrier because I would have a baby eventually and will always be busy, so why bother?

Pregnancy side effects would sometimes take a toll on my school work. In the first trimester, I could barely get out of bed because I was so tired. I could easily have slept 14 hours straight and being a working student did not help. I would seep through some of my classes and had to take the hit to my attendance points. I also have "pregnancy brain." Pregnancy brain is a real thing and is not well known enough. My mind can be so scattered that I forget my friend's names while I am speaking to them. I think it is October when it is March. Pregnancy brain has made me forget that I even go to school or that I work in twenty minutes. I missed due dates or completely misread instructions on assignments. For someone who needs A's on every assignment to function, it hurt because I would never make that mistake otherwise.

There are also benefits to being a pregnant student. I am never hungover and I have never been tempted to ditch a night class for a drinking holiday.

Pregnancy has allowed me to prioritize my school work and ignore the college lifestyle.

Before I knew I was pregnant, I went with my roommates to bars in Chicago's Lincoln Park. I feel so happy knowing getting wasted from $3 shots on a Wednesday is behind me. I now truly have nothing better to do at night than complete my homework.

Another benefit is that you sometimes get special treatment. The special treatment that pregnant women get is awesome. It is my favorite part and sometimes makes me wish I could be pregnant forever. People feel obligated to wait on me hand and foot. If I drop something, people rush to pick it up. It is completely not necessary but I get to feel like a princess for a day (or 280 days). Even though I was singled out for being the only pregnant woman, I was always treated especially nicely by students and professors.

Regardless of my friends and family expecting me to drop out, I am doing phenomenal in grad school. I have received A's in every class and have loved all of my classes. Being a pregnant student can be tough, but it is totally doable. If you find yourself to be a pregnant student, don't feel discouraged. It is not ruining your college experience but allowing you to do college differently.

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