Author: Samantha Duffy
College. The best four years of your life; or at least that is what everyone tells you. I can honestly say that there is a lot of truth behind that statement. My experiences during my college career have provided me with some of the best memories that I will definitely never forget. Lets face it, going to college really is living the dream. School gives you the chance to find your passion, chase your dreams, meet new people, make mistakes, have fun, learn new things, and become the best version of yourself. There is a lot about college to love, and that can make leaving school hard to do. This has been your life for the past four years. You know who you are here, and so do the people. This is your comfort zone, your niche, and leaving it will be harder than you think. But, that does not mean you are going to miss everything in college. In fact, there are a ton of things that you will NEVER miss about living the college life.
1.) Taking classes that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with your major.
Don’t get me wrong, we understand the point of them, you want us to be well rounded individuals, but that does not make them any less annoying. And I don’t care what you say, I will never use half the things I learned in Algebra.
2.) Any class that starts before 10 AM or after 5 PM.
My brain is not ready to operate that early yet, and it stops working after five. Besides, 5 o’clock is supposed to be happy hour; the only question I want to answer is “what would you like to drink?”.
3.) Registering for classes.
What do you mean the class is full? I’m a senior. You already have all my money, bump the freshman!
4.) Parking on campus.
Survival of the fittest is in full swing here. You would trade your first born for that front row spot if it means avoiding parking in the farthest lot and walking ten minutes through the arctic tundra.
5.) Group projects.
This one doesn’t even need an explanation. You’re warned though, group projects don’t really go away after college. Just wait until your first group project at your job.
6.) Trying to find an open outlet in the library.
What is it going to cost me to get you to unplug your device? Don’t want to negotiate? Fine. Let me find some scissors.
Buy this $200 book for class so that you can use it once, then sell it back for a whole $20. You win again bookstore.
I would love for someone to explain the logic behind finals week. Whose bright idea was it to cram five tests for multiple subjects all in one week? You should just have me drive my car off a cliff and into a body of water, that would be less stressful.
9.) That person in class that can never just shut up.
This person can come in all forms. There’s the “speaking as a parent”, the “I like to argue with everything the teacher says”, the “I never come to class so can you tell me what everyone else already knows”, and then let’s not forget everyone’s favorite “class is dismissed, I have a question”. In case you didn’t know, we are all imagining what it would be like to round-house you in the face right now.
10.) Getting called on in class when you didn’t read.
It is like there is no way to avoid this. I swear teachers have a sixth sense that lets them know when someone didn’t do the work. Nothing personal teach’ but there was a Breaking Bad marathon on last night; which did you really think was going to win?
11.) Your totally abnormal sleep schedule.
Between cramming for tests, all-nighters for papers, staying out all night, working late, and caffeine overloads, sleep becomes something you do whenever that precious moment comes around. You may cherish the dysfunctional relationship you have with your bed now, but one day it will change and be normal again.
By the time your professors finally get the hang of it you are graduating. Not that it matters, because then they change it and the professors have to learn it all over again.
So for those of you who are preparing to graduate, know that life after college has its benefits. Some of you may think you won’t miss college at all, but trust me you will. Going to a class for an hour and 15 minutes might seem like torture now, but just wait until you have to go to a job for eight or nine hours a day, five days a week. There is plenty you will miss about college, and you should always hold onto those memories; but, when you throw that cap in the air, think of all those things about college that drove you crazy and rejoice in the fact that they are now a thing of the past. (At least until you decide to go to grad school.)