Let’s be honest, there are some aspects of college that students completely despise. Sometimes, for many students, there is a sense of shock and a feeling like they are living the most hectic and exhausting life of any human being on Earth. College can be extremely stressful and a little rough around the edges compared to the cushy life you enjoyed as kid at home. However, take it from one who has moved into the “real world” and discovered the beauty of these initially dismal aspects of college life that students may actually find themselves missing after graduation…
1. Dorm Food.
We all know dorm food is not very gourmet nor healthy. Standing in line with a tray in hand waiting to find out what odd concoction of goopy dishes await can get old. Students joke about the dorm food – how they spray “extra calories” on the salad, the cheese isn’t real, and the fish is mercury laden and toxic. Though, once you are on your own in the world and forced to pay for your own groceries, make each meal, and clean the entire kitchen, standing in line a few moments for a pretty delicious turkey wrap sounds more appealing. Not to mention the bottomless bowls of Cocoa Pebbles, constant assortment of desserts, salad bars, and the gift of having at least four different options of what to eat. After Freshman year, and especially after graduation, your choices get very limited: either getting your lazy bum off the couch and into the kitchen, or spending all your money on delivery.
2. Making Your Own Schedule
The beginning of each semester is always like the start of an Olympic race – staying up until midnight anxiously waiting to enroll in the classes you desperately need, only to find out that all spots have been taken, your schedule doesn’t sync, and now you find yourself lost in a sea of confusion and doom. It’s a complete mess every time. Though, despite the chaotic scramble, after college it’s nothing but work, sleep, work, without the hope of diversity that comes with each semester. You’ll miss screaming at your computer screen and configuring classes, believe me.
3. Going to Class
Yes, along with doing homework and studying, this is one of the most difficult tasks for college students. Who wants to wake out of a deep slumber after late nights of flirting and beer pong to go listen to your professor analyze Macbeth? But be thankful for this, once you are a working adult, it’s much harder to call in sick to work than it is skipping class. You can’t get fired as a student, unless you flunk, which you won’t.
4. The Library
For most students, more time is spent studying and slaving away on essays in the library then spent relaxing in their cozy dorm rooms or apartments. It becomes a dark hole of exhausting highlighting, note taking, index card flipping, and writer’s block. It can be a dungeon of time-sucking darkness. Seven hours of studying pass and students step outside thinking “Oh my, the sky is blue? I must have forgot…and this sensation across my body? Could it be what others call the wind?” Nonetheless, students often dismiss the peacefulness and serenity of the library. It is a comfortable place filled with like-minded individuals and a haven for creative and intellectual juices to flow. After graduation, you will find yourself longing to be doing your boring adult work in what used to be your second home.
5. Your Professors
Lastly, we honor the evil human beings who torture students with impossible equations, endless essays, dull text, and tear-jerking exams. Sometimes students are convinced their professors are only there to ruin lives and steal young souls. Yet, what students tend to under appreciate is the opportunity to have a personal mentor. Professors are approachable, available to help and answer “stupid” questions, and help lead us toward a year of success. After graduation, personal mentors are only found for a pretty penny, and “stupid” questions can be ridiculed.
So soak it up my still-to-be college graduates. Take advantage of what may seem dreadful and embrace your limited time of blissful, mind-exploring freedom! The real world is just around the corner… (Insert Jaws music here.)