12 Things That Are Only Acceptable In College

12 Things That Are Only Acceptable In College

College: the only excuse you need right now.
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College is an era of your life like no other. It's a time when you're surrounded by people who are all not only the same age as you, but who are also in the same boat as you. They share in both the joy and agony of college. Because of this, there are some things that happen in college that only these people will understand.

1. Crying in public.


Whether you just failed an exam, are going through a breakup or having a casual mental breakdown and need to call your mom about it, there's no need to feel embarrassed about crying in public because everyone gets it. I've been there myself more times than I'd like to admit.

2. Wearing the clothes you slept in to class.


Especially if it's an 8 am.

3. Sleeping in public.

Unfortunately, sleep in college sometimes has to be optional. Therefore, you've got to take any opportunity you can to get a few minutes of shut-eye. This means that a bench in between classes is a perfect spot for a nap.

4. Eating a whole roll of cookie dough with your friends.

If it's raw it's not as many calories, right?

5. Begging your professor to change your grade.

When one point on your exam is the difference between an A and a B in the class, you bet that you're going to do your very best to convince him that the conclusion of your essay deserves five points, not four.

6. Sleepovers on weeknights.

You basically get to live out your childhood dreams.

7. Going to the dining hall just to use a swipe.

Already ate lunch today but now all your friends are going to the dining hall? No problem, because your school forced you to buy about twice as many swipes as you actually need.

8. Crying when you see a dog.


“I just really miss my dog, okay?"

9. Midnight snack runs.

Sometimes you really need that bag of flaming hot Cheetos and it just can't wait until morning.

10. Calling your mom every time you need to do laundry or make an adult decision.

There's really no one better to answer your questions about anything from “Does a striped shirt go with lights or darks?" to “Are you sure my life's going to turn out okay if I change my major?"

11. Seeking out as much free food as you can.

It's not cheating when you're a poor college student. Also included: free t-shirts.

12. Spending 2.5 hours taking BuzzFeed quizzes.

Procrastination at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.

College sure is a wild ride, so it's a good thing that you're surrounded by people who get you and all of the crazy things that you do.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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I Ghosted My Old Self For 5 Months In An Effort To Reevaluate My Life

My life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

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BREAKING (not fake) NEWS: It's true, you have to hit your lowest before hitting your highest.

I want to share my lowest with you, and I'm almost ashamed to say it had nothing to do with the loss of both of my parents. I like to think I handled that like a warrior.

Turns out I didn't, and the hurt I've been burying from that hit me all at once, the same moment my life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

My life flipped upside down overnight back in August. I had my heart broken shattered, lost two very important friendships that I thought were with me until the end, lost my 9-5 job, my health took a hit stronger than a boulder, and I was absolutely lost. For the first time, ever, I let go of the reigns on my own life. I had no idea how to handle myself, how to make anyone around me happy, how to get out of bed or how to even begin the process of trying to process what the f*ck just happened. I was terrified.

Coming from the girl who never encountered a dilemma she couldn't fix instantaneously, on her own, with no emotional burden. I was checked out from making my life better. So I didn't try. I didn't even think about thinking about trying.

The only relatively understandable way I could think to deal with anything was to not deal with anything. And that's exactly what I did. And it was f*cking amazing.

I went into hiding for a week, then went on a week getaway with my family, regained that feeling of being loved unconditionally, and realized that's all I need. They are all I need. Friends? Nah. Family. Only. Always.

On that vacation, I got a call from the school district that they wanted me in for an interview the day I come home. It was for a position that entailed every single class, combined, that I took in my college career. It was a career that I had just gotten my degree for three months before.

I came home and saw my doctor and got a health plan in order. I was immediately thrown into the month-long hiring process for work. I made it a point to make sunset every single night, alone, to make sure I was mentally caught up and in-check at the same exact speed that my life was turning. I was not about to lose my control again. Not ever.

Since August, I have spent more time with family than ever. I've read over 10 new books, I've discovered so much new music, I went on some of my best, the worst and funniest first dates, I made true, loyal friends that cause me zero stress while completely drowning me in overwhelming amounts of love and support, I got back into yoga, and I started that job and damn near fell more in love with it than I ever was for the guy I lost over the summer.

But most importantly, I changed my mindset. I promised myself to not say a single sentence that has a negative tone to it. I promised myself to think three times before engaging in any type of personal conversation. I promised myself to wake up in a good mood every damn day because I'm alive and that is the only factor I should need to be happy.

Take it from a girl who knew her words were weapons and used them frequently before deciding to turn every aspect of her life into positivity — even in the midst of losing one of my closest family members. I have been told multiple times, by people so dear to me that I'm "glowing." You know what I said back? F*ck yes I am, and I deserve to.

I am so happy with myself and it has nothing to do with the things around me. It's so much deeper than that, and I'm beaming with pride. Of myself. For myself.

I want to leave you with these thoughts that those people who have hurt me, left me, and loved me through these last couple of months have taught me

Growth is sometimes a lonely process.
Some things go too deep to ever be forgotten.
You need to give yourself the permission to be happy right now.
You outgrow people you thought you couldn't live without, and you're not the one to blame for that. You're growing.
Sometimes it takes your break down to reach your breakthrough.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

My god, it's so f*cking good.

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Becoming Kinder To Myself

My biggest bully is my own mind and I'm sick of being the victim.

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I've always known how important self-love is, but I've only recently realized the depths of what it means. For me, the hardest part about loving myself is the fact that I've been conditioned to hate myself. I say the meanest things in my head and constantly try to tear myself down. While I am confident in the person I am, I don't think I love myself in the way I need to.

It's 2019, and I've decided it's going to be the year of me. This year, I will fall in love with myself. I will stop thinking I am the problem. I will stop letting my worries get in my way. I am constantly motivating my friends and encouraging them to do whatever is necessary to make themselves happy.

So, why haven't I been doing that for me?

I show kindness to everyone I meet, but perhaps I am the one who needs my kindness the most. I'm never going to get what I want if I feel as though I don't deserve it. I'm never going to achieve my goals if I don't think I have the ability to do so.

I would never kick someone when they're down, so this year, I'm going to start applying that to myself. The negative thoughts will come and go, but it's time that I stop feeding them. I see myself negatively, and the only way that's going to change is if I fight it with a lot of positivity.

Self-love is more than being confident in your own skin; it's being kind to yourself and treating yourself right. I always feel like my mind controls me, but it's time to start controlling my mind. My mind is going to become a place of positivity and encouragement, and it all starts with simply replacing my thoughts that stem from hatred to thoughts that come from love.

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