If I've learned anything from my first semester in college, it's that everything is really different from high school. The environment is different, the classes are different and the people are really different. Yet, even with all those differences, I've realized that a lot of us college students still make the same mistakes.
1. Crossing the Street Without Looking
A broken leg is temporary. Student debt feels like forever. Getting a slight tap from that car might just be your solution.
2. Eating Microwaveable Pasta for Breakfast
Look, I know the dining hall is only five minutes away, but let's be honest, I don't want to change out of my PJs. It takes time and I could be sleeping instead. I'll just stick with that dorm room mac 'n' cheese, thanks.
3. Forgetting You Skipped Meals
Sometimes things just come up. You wake up late for your first class, so no breakfast. You try to cram before your afternoon exam, so no lunch. Then, of course, your evening informational is supposed to provide food, but they run out, so no dinner. One day, no meals... it happens.
4. Telling Yourself You'll Do The Reading
If it's not checked, is it really even homework? The professor's going to cover the material anyway. You wouldn't want to do the professor's job, right?
5. Not starting your homework until 11 P.M.
Productivity under pressure is a thing, y'all; a very stressful, probably-not-smart thing at all, but a thing nevertheless. 59 minutes can be longer than you'd think.
One night of studying will totally prepare you for your midterm. The stress definitely won't give you mental breakdowns. It's totally healthy to trip out on a caffeine overdose. For sure.
7. Staying up Late
Here, we find a decision only slightly smarter than the "I'll be fine if I go to this party on a Tuesday night" thinking. Both are probably going to cause you to sleep through all 15 of your alarms. It's fine, you're fine, we're all fine.
8. Skipping Class to Catch up on Work
We all know this just puts us more behind in the end. But why think about the end when you're living in the moment? Got to take advantage of the present, right?
9. Pretending Your Life's Not a Mess
It's not fooling anyone. You might as well stop trying, it's not like you have that kind of energy in your life anyway. Actually, you really don't have any at all.
10. Thinking You'll Get Straight A's
High school was the biggest trick. You think a 4.0 GPA is totally attainable and then college decides to kick your butt. Here, we learn the most important life lesson: C's get degrees.
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