10 Unspoken Rules Of College Bathrooms We All Need To Follow

10 Unspoken Rules Of College Bathrooms We All Need To Follow

We all abide by bathroom decorum; we all just know the rules and the secret joys of the bathroom.

There is a bathroom decorum.

We all abide by it, we all just know the rules and the secret joys of the bathroom. Today, I went into my school's bathroom and did my business. When I came out, I was standing by the sink, inspecting my face.

Then the worst things happened. My professor walked in. I felt panic because I had to decide whether to break the bathroom rule of not speaking in the bathroom or go rogue and start a conversation. As I stood there, I contemplated my decisions and the life-altering effects it could have. Luckily, she broke the rule first and said hi, so I was spared making that awful choice of...

1. To talk, or not to talk.

That is the question. But really, please don't talk to me. Bathroom = Quiet Time

2. Being alone in the bathroom is heaven.

When you can poo in peace, there is no greater feeling. We all hate waiting for people to leave...or that one straggler who just won't leave. Or worse yet...the her poo-er waiting for you to leave. It's a battle of the poo-ers, between two people, one of which who will suck it up and leave because they can't handle the tension in the air.

3. Pooping in public quietly.

When you aren't alone, and you have one of those legendary quiet poops. It's truly amazing.

4. The silent judgment of not washing hands...

Did you or didn't you? Did I? I used sanitizer like an hour ago...that counts right? Don't judge me.

5. Pretending you didn't hear that person fart.

When you are in the stall next door and you pretend you didn't hear that release of butt air.

6. Pretending you didn't hear them do anything.

Whether it's awkward grunting or their sporadic peeing...you keep that poker face when you meet at the sink.

7. The gossip you overhear in the bathroom is legendary.

The bathroom is the place for getting the best gossip. "Say what? Stacy did what? Stacy did WHO!?

8. ALWAYS have trashcans in the stall for the women's bathroom.

Come on, that's against the code, y'all. You know girls need to use the trash, without doing the tampon walk of shame. We already hide them up our shirt on the way to the bathroom, don't make us hide them on the way out too.

9. Sitting on the toilet to kill class time.

We all sit on our phone and chill in their on Facebook for an extra couple minutes.

10. When you see a person you know in the bathroom and you have a shy bladder.

It's the terrible moment when you think about rain, water dripping, rivers and literally nothing happens. You'll beg to pee but that shy bladder just won't allow it until the bathroom is empty...or until someone turns on the air dryer.

I think we all can relate to these bathroom troubles and blessings.

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Always planning ahead, thinking about the future? Maybe it's time to shift your focus to the life happening right now


Maybe it’s a typical type A personality or some nonsense like that thing, but I think it happens to all of us: we live with our eyes on the future. We work hard and spend little to get the number of zeros on our savings account to a comfortable level and we politely refuse the piece of chocolate cake at a party to keep our weight healthy and cholesterol in check, always keeping the future in mind, whether it’s near or years off. It makes sense, right? If we work hard now, we’ll live comfortably later and thank ourselves for all the sensible decisions we’ve made.

Lately I’ve been asking myself whether it’s really that sensible, though. I mean, when is ‘later’? When have I worked hard enough to finally let the reigns loosen a bit? By the time what I now think of as later has arrived, I will most likely keep doing what I do for the sake of later. And what if later never comes? The future is unpredictable: if you think about it, you could die or lose control over your limbs at any second. What if you’ve been putting your life off for later, only for later to never come?

If we’re not careful, we find ourselves waiting our entire life for ‘the perfect moment’, pushing things forward because it’s not the right time yet. When will it click that the perfect moment doesn’t exist? There will always be a reason to not to it right now, especially if you’re afraid, whether that’s subconsciously or out in the open.

What got me thinking about this, was a tattoo. I’ve been planning to get a tattoo since I was a tiny girl in middle school, always thinking about what I would get etched on my skin – there you have it – later. I mean, in that moment the ‘later’ made sense, since I wasn’t yet old enough to legally hop into a tattoo parlor and get some inks, but I’ve been old enough for a while now yet still only planning, never following through. This year, I thought I would finally push myself and get one. So, in September, I said I’d get it in December. December comes around, and guess what? I pushed it to March. And here’s the thing: if I keep going like this, I highly doubt I will ever get a tattoo at all, always pushing it off because later might be a better moment. 

I think we should collectively shift our focus from the future to the present. In fact, it’s clear that we’ve been longing to do so for a while now. How long have mindfulness and meditating becoming more normal, right? But while it might be doable to focus on the present on the yoga mat, it’s proven a lot harder to implement that same amount of presence in our day to day life.

If you recognize yourself in what I’m writing – take this as a reminder. Don’t miss out on life because you have tunnel vision for the future. Loosen the reigns on yourself a bit: it’s not a crime to treat yourself, to spend some of that hard-earned money on a thing you actually like, to take a break and spend quality time with friends or go on a trip. Right now is all you’ve got.



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