9 Totally Weird Things That Only College Students Are Proud Of

9 Totally Weird Things That Only College Students Are Proud Of

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There are many things that happen in our lives for us to be proud of. Landing your dream job, getting accepted into a great school, and having your kids accomplish their life goals are all worthy of taking pride in. When you're in college, however, there are some weird things that we, as students, take pride in. Here are nine weird things that it seems like only college students are proud of.

1. Area codes

People at college will wear hats with their area code embroidered on them. They'll include them in their Instagram bios. Until you go to college, you'll never experience this level of obsession with part of a phone number.

2. Past experiences

If someone has skydived above the ocean, been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or hand-fed a monkey in Africa, everyone will hear about it. A normal conversation about what kind of food you feed your dog can easily turn into talking about that one time you ate a parrot egg when you went to Brazil. The stories might seem completely unrelated, but people will find a way to connect them so they can talk about all the cool things they've done.

3. Accents

Some are proud of them, some are proud they don't have them. It just depends where you're from and where you're going to school. But either way, people in college tend to be proud of their (or lack there-of) accents.

4. Connections

Your best friend from high school's great-aunt's cousin's stepson is Ben Affleck? The girl from your rival high school was on the Olympic volleyball team in 2016? You better believe everyone you come in contact with will hear about it. People take pride in their connections. They could have never met the "cool" person in question, but you'll never be able to forget who "knows" who.

5. High school accomplishments

Maybe you were Valedictorian? Or possibly student council president? Maybe you were on the state championship football team (or just went to the school that won)? No matter what you or others at your school accomplished, you'll find some way to brag about it.

6. Amount of GroupMes

Group-Me is a college student's best friend. There is no better way to communicate with a large group of people. One "group" of people, such as a sorority, can have a serious group-me, a non-serious group-me, a group-me just for puppy pictures, and then a group-me with their favorite frat. College kids take pride in their group-me numbers and always seem to want to be added to more.

7. Hometowns

Hometowns can have some pretty wild backstories, and people take pride in them, especially students in college. A hometown might be home to the largest pogo stick museum in the world. Another might have the most coffee shops within a square mile. Or maybe a hometown made national news because it had dead birds fall from the sky two New Year's Eves in a row. Whatever quirky backstory a town has, its residents-turned-college students will be sure to talk it up like its the greatest place in the world (because to them, it is).

8. Home States

College students are proud of where they're from. This is especially true if you go to a state school in a different state other than your home state. Students from other states think their home state is especially great, while the students from the same state as the school tend to wonder why these students chose to attend there. They'll wonder "are you even really a fan of this school? Because I'm from this state and grew up rooting for this team so don't pretend to be a true fan if you're really not".

9. What things are called

My school literally has an ongoing argument about what you call the cheesy liquid you dip a chip into. Some of the most heated arguments I've seen since arriving at school have been about if its called cheese dip or queso (it's cheese dip by the way). College students stick to their guns when it comes to issues like this, and you can bet people take pride in what they called their cheesy dip, among other things.

There really is no time in life quite like the time you spend in college. You're not a full adult, but you're not a full kid. You're meeting new people left and right, and everyday you're becoming prouder of some weird thing. But that's okay because, hey, so is everyone else.

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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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