Whoever said that college was supposed to be the best years of your life clearly had a bad life. Sure, it's a time of exploration and self-discovery, but it's also a time of stress, confusion, and the overwhelming sense that a lot of your hard work won't amount to anything after you graduate.
The good news is, you're not in this alone. Below are eight things every college student has been through.
1. Being asked, "What are you going to do with that degree?" and having no answer.
"Can't I just enjoy post-modern Russian Literature, Aunt Linda?" (She's always named Linda.) But still, Aunt Linda's right. You're fvcked.
2. Sitting through the wrong lecture because it'd be too awkward to leave.
You arrive ten minutes early, all proud of yourself, settle into your seat, get ready to take notes, and... the wrong teacher walks in. You look around and suddenly notice that these aren't your classmates, and this isn't Psych 101. Hey, at least you might learn something in this biology lecture - just pray the prof doesn't call on you for an answer.
3. Wondering if the guy who sells weed to pay for his textbooks might have the right idea.
Sure, it's illegal... but the price you're paying for these books you'll just skim through should be illegal, so...
(And for the record, yes, I'm JOKING. Don't sell or do drugs, kids.)
4. When you have two exams, a project, and an essay all due in the same week.
Remember when we were in high school and the teachers coordinated with each other so that you didn't have too many things due on the same day? Me too... Good times...
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5. Realizing that everything you enjoy about your life happens outside of class.
All the great things about college - the friends, the parties, the road-trips, the books you read that change your life, the sex that you have - all happen outside of the classroom. (Unless you're one of those people who's banged in an empty classroom - admit it, we all know someone who's done it.) Make of that what you will.
6. Failing a test and suddenly questioning all of your life choices.
Moments like these are why college kids drink so much.
7. Yelling at your computer when you're trying to make your class schedule.
Omnivox, Minerva, MyConcordia... no matter what the school, no matter what the site, it's bound to freeze up, shut down, and be downright inaccurate the week before semesters start. And goddammit why can't the system see that I have all the pre-reqs for this course I need to take to graduate?
8. Thinking about dropping out.
If Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Al Pacino, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Nicholas Cage, Jay-Z, Johnny Depp, Arnold Schwarznegger, Quentin Tarantino, Elton John, Katy Perry, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Downey Jr., Walt Disney, Brad Pitt, George Carlin, and ALBERT FREAKING EINSTEIN, among so many others, could be ridiculously successful after dropping out, then why can't I?