"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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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