"You Won't Be Able To Do That In College"

"You Won't Be Able To Do That In College"

Hang in there high schoolers, I promise it gets a lot better.

While I was in high school and occasionally while in middle school, I constantly heard the phrase "you will not be able to do that in college." This pertained to things both inside and outside of the classroom and a lot of them always seemed realistic. Whether the teachers were trying to over prepare us or just scare us for college I'm not sure, but I have found that a lot of what they told us we would not be able to do is untrue. Below are some of the biggest things that I got excited over once I got to college, simply because they were different from high school.

1. You can wear whatever the hell you want to wear and aren't considered a "distraction" to the opposite gender.

Because quite frankly, nobody cares a single bit about what you are wearing in college. You could go to class in a bathing suit or a cow onesie and nobody would say a single thing. The guys don't look at you and think to themselves "wow I want to bang her" just because you are wearing a tank top.

2. You can take Tylenol/iBuprofen/Advil or whatever you need when you have a headache or cramps.

Nobody, not even teachers (shocker I know), assume you are doing anything other than what you are doing. They don't automatically jump to the conclusion that you are doing drugs in the middle of the class. In fact most of the time they don't even notice.

3. You are able to do test corrections and get half of the original points back.

Granted this is University/teacher/class dependent, but two out of my five classes my first semester of college have allowed test corrections on not only tests, but quizzes and homework. This was one of the main highlights that teachers in both middle school and high school said we would not be allowed to do in college.

4. You actually have time to write that six page paper that you were given two nights to do in high school!!!!

All of my teacher's favorite excuse for giving us an unnecessary amount of homework that was due in a ridiculous time period was "I'm just preparing you for college." While the amount of work we have to do may be slightly accurate, we are given time to do it. Most quizzes are online and are due a week after they are assigned, and most papers you are told about long before they are even assigned.

5. Hall passes are not a thing.

Good news, you can now go to the bathroom or get water without having to disrupt the class by asking, taking a pass, or being worried about using up the three times you are allotted to go per semester!

6. You can leave when tests are over without being a "huge distraction".

No more sitting around doing nothing for an hour waiting for that one person who takes forever to finish the test. You are now free to leave as soon as you are done.

7. You don't have to wake up before the sun rises and you still have time to do everything in your day!

Honestly one of the best things about college is being able to pick your classes and determine what time you want to have them at. Having to wake up at 5:45 in high school was the most awful thing ever, so I imagine even classes at eight in the morning sound like the best thing in the world to high school students.

8. You have more than 20 minutes to stand in line for food and eat lunch before having to go back to class.

This is dependent on how you arrange your schedule, but most college students typically leave an hour in between their classes around noon to go eat lunch. While the lines sometimes get long, you have virtually as much time as you need to eat.

9. You don't have to stare at the same "fake cheerful" posters on the classroom walls every day.

This isn't something big, but it definitely is a highlight about college.

10. You can take notes on your laptop.

This is another professor dependent thing, but in high school technology was forbidden for the most part, even after schools became "technology friendly". While it depends on the person and how easily they get distracted, that is an option in a lot of your classes.

11. You can go all out during football games.

I don't remember why masks/costumes were banned at games at my high school, but in college people get really excited over football games. Full on face paint, costumes and too much glitter are among the many things you are likely to see at college football games.

So hang in there high school students, because I promise it gets a lot better.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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