10 Things That Keep College Girls Up At Night

10 Things That Keep College Girls Up At Night

We all try to go to sleep early, but then thoughts, fear, and wonder creep in.

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Thoughts, fear, worry, and so many other things run through your mind. Whether it's boys, food, or clothes we stay up at ungodly times for ungodly reasons. These are at least the top ten things that keep me along with most girls awake at if not every night.

1. What to wear the next day 

As a girl it can become a little stressful to decide what to wear. Plus even if you lay out an outfit you never know how you're going to feel the next morning. Also lord forbid it be that time of the month because I don't think any girl wants to be in clothes during that time.

2. Wondering if you studied enough

It's the night before a huge a test and you've studied for four hours. It doesn't matter how many hours you've studied you're still going to stay awake all hours of the night wondering if it was enough.

3. Boys... The Good, the bad, and the ugly concerning them

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Boys are all in all stressful. It doesn't matter if it's good stress about what to wear on a date. Bad stress where he won't answer a simple question but will tiptoe all the way around it. Then finally the ugly where he cheated on you so you stay up crying.

4. Wondering if we'll actually get a job after college 

We all know that after college it is extremely hard to get a job. Not only to get a job but to get a job in the field that we want one in.

5. Stressing about grades 

Grades. That's all. Good or bad we stress out.

6. That thing that happened five years ago that you shouldn't be worrying about

All girls, including me, stay up all hours of the night worrying about that person we got into a fight with five years ago and what we could've done differently. There's nothing we can do to change what happened in the past so we kind of need to try to stop worrying about it.

7. The thought of dropping out 

College is frustrating and can be extremely hard. Hard enough to the point that we stay awake wondering should I drop out and work at McDonald's the rest of my life because honestly that sounds better than college at some times.

8. Wondering if you finished everything you were supposed to do today and aren't just forgetting

Homework is stressful and I'm forgetful. Also I'm forgetful to the point of I will think I did every last thing and then sit up in the middle of the night and realize I forgot to do one assignment.

9. Thinking about things months away that you shouldn't even be concerned with

As being a member of a sorority we have formals and semi-formals. Even though those are months in advance I can't help but worrying about them. It's happening on down the road but everyone has to find an outfit, date, and whatever else is involved with that process.

10. Food... Always 

Food keeps every girl up. Don't lie because we all do it. I'm already thinking about what I'm going to eat tomorrow.

All of these things keep me and every other girl up at night no matter what. Whether it's one of these things or all ten things don't worry we'll get some sleep eventually.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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