What to do not do in college

What Not To Do in College

Whether you're a freshman or a senior, here are a few simple things not to do to make your life easier.


For many, being at college is equivalent to freedom; you can eat whatever, sleep whenever, do whatever (except studying, of course). However, college life isn't as straight-forward or perhaps as freeing as you might expect. In fact, there are some things that almost all students do that inherently make life so much more difficult than it should be.

*in no particular order

1. Sleeping late

Whether it be from studying or binging Netflix, sleeping late is perhaps the number one thing that you, as the student, have the most control over. Based on previous knowledge, a young adult must get at minimum seven hours of sleep. You may call yourself a night owl or whatnot, but honestly, sleeping late is not at all healthy for the brain and body.

2. Eating

Okay, the diner food may not be the best, but it is important to eat at least twice a day. Stop eating cup ramen or snacking on granola bars - your body needs more than just fried egg noodles and a mass of oats. Go to the diner and eat your vegetables, your protein, and your dessert. Go with friends or (discreetly) pack some food in a Tupperware to eat later.

3. Walking alone at night

This one is more for the women than it is for the men, but either way, the campus is not the most safe. Try to avoid walking alone at night, especially in really dark places on campus. Walk in small groups or use the shuttle. You may be a skilled martial artist or have no fear, but you never know what's going to happen.

4. Talking to family

With homework and a social life, sometimes, college creeps to the forefront of your mind that you can't even call back your parents. Don't do this. Your parents will never dislike hearing from you; it may get annoying to keep remembering to call them, but once you get in the habit, you'll realize that parents deserve your time and effort.

5. Hanging with friends

Don't become a hermit because it's not worth it. You don't have to go to parties or big events; even just a small get-together weekly or a meal with a friend will keep you afloat amid papers and exams. If you're an introvert, I realize it may be more difficult to get outside, but just going to the gym will do wonders to your mood and well-being.

6. Using a planner

A planner may be extra weight in your bag, but it is essential; heck, even non-students use planners. You don't have to be the most organized person to have a planner - it's literally just bound-up paper that you can write on to remind yourself to not procrastinate. Once you use it, you can never go back, especially because it feels so rewarding when you cross off a task.

7. Wearing contacts

Contacts are so convenient and so useful. However, your eyeballs need to breathe! Try to alternate days in which you would wear contacts and then glasses. Or, just try to immediately take out your contacts when you come back to the dorm (and have nowhere pressing to go afterwards). Your eyes will thank you, especially if they have been staring at blue light for the whole day.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."


Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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