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20 Things To Miss About Being in College

Cherish your college memories because they are short, but sweet for certain

As a recent college graduate, I have been reflecting on all of the great experiences that college has brought me. It is hard to accept the fact that graduation actually happened and that the place I called “home” for the past four years no longer is that. From the friends I made, the courses I completed, and the opportunities that were given to me, college gave me the ride of my life. I will never forget the memories I made in college; take a look at the things I will miss!

1. Having a flexible schedule.

Choosing your own class schedule is certainly a luxury compared to the schedule you will be given in your chosen industry. The real world will not allow a certain amount of “skips” because your boss will expect your full attendance.

2. Meal plans.

Even though students technically pay for meal plans, it sure feels like you are getting free food! Instead of relying on meals being prepared and delicious (most of the time) for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a non- college student will have to independently grocery shop and prepare his or her own meals.

3. Wearing sweatpants.

No longer will it be acceptable to make public appearances in sweats. Business casual will take some getting used to.

4. No financial worries.

I will miss being in the fantasyland that is free of all financial anxieties. After college, most young adults have student loans that need to be paid off and they have to face everything that was put in the back of their minds for the past four years.

5. Napping.

Unfortunately, coming home from work for a quick nap is never going to happen… Ever.

6. Inexpensive drinks.

Where did all of those college specials go?! I guess they do not apply to me anymore… I will have to settle for happy hour cocktails.

7. Student discounts.

Whether it was tickets to a football game or a notable Broadway show, college provided some great deals that I will no longer get the privilege of having.

8. Studying abroad.

Being able to take classes in a foreign country is a special experience that every college student should take advantage of. It is not every day that you can learn about Renaissance art in the place that birthed it.

9. Breaks.

Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, spring break, Easter break, you name it! College was full of time- off to spend with friends and family.

10. Living with all of your friends.

8 girls, 1 house is no problem when you are all best friends! From sharing closets to lending advice, living with friends is a great time. Now time to move back in with the parents…

11. Theme parties.

Only in college is it acceptable to go to parties dressed as animals, cowgirls, or CEO’s without being extremely offensive and immature.

12. Gym access.

Being able to go to a gym at pretty much any hour of the day is one of college’s finest qualities. Now, in the real world, there is a good chance there will be a waiting line to use a treadmill during after work hours at the gym you pay a monthly fee for.

13. Community.

College creates a community of people that share interests, motivations and personalities like no other.

14. Opportunities.

Getting real world experience through interning, volunteering for a charity, or playing on a sports team are all things that a student can easily do during their studies.

15. Professors.

The individuals who taught you everything you know will now just be a memory and not a few steps away in their office.

16. Sleeping in.

What happened to not getting out of bed until the afternoon? Uh-oh, I suppose I need to get in the habit of setting an alarm now.

17. Late night conversations.

Another plus that comes with living with your best friends are the conversations that come at the middle of the night when there is complete silence around in the little room that you share with one another.

18. Homework buddies.

Is there such thing as work buddies? I sure hope so, because I will miss having a mentor in just about every subject I need assistance with!

19. Clubs and intramural teams.

Joining anything from the environmental club to the art club, the rugby team to the soccer team, students can explore everything and anything to find their true passions and the people who share them.

20. Nail painting parties

. Forget red nail polish at home? Don’t worry, some one else is sure to have one and why not have a nail painting party together while you are at it? Blast some music and watch a movie while perfecting that glossy finish.

Caitlin McConnell

Marist College | 12 stories

Caitlin is a senior at Marist College studying public relations and fashion merchandising. She enjoys being active, shopping and spending time with friends and family. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has gained valuable experiences through interning at companies such as Seventeen Magazine in New York City and traveling abroad to Florence, Italy for a semester. She fell in love with Europe and dreams of traveling to new places to further explore cultures, languages and traditions!

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