I miss college.
I miss the feeling of “being free” and living on your own for the first time. I miss the flexible schedule that allowed for my daily afternoon nap. I miss meeting new people every semester. I miss the rush and excitement of the beginning of a new year. I miss tailgating every Saturday during football season. I miss FAC (for those of you unfamiliar with this awesome event, it is Friday After Class – awesome deals at the bars!) and my ability to get 3 drinks for $2.25. I even miss being so poor that I couldn’t afford full-priced clothes and only spent $15/week on groceries.
Cheap bars, fun times.
I miss it all.
My gorgeous BFF and fellow G Phi, Heidi and I on a cold VEISHEA weekend!
You would think that by extending my college time by two years (THANK YOU grad school!!) and being out in the real world for almost 4 years that I would have become accustomed to the 9-5 (This timeframe is a joke, BTW - They really need to change the saying to 8-6!) life. Sadly, this is not the case.
Jana and I fresh off of the plane in Amsterdam – Zero makeup and awake for approximately 24 hours… Of course it is time for a Heineken tour! Goodness I miss my International Business course…
I remember one of my professors in college telling the class that “we didn’t know how good we had it” – referring to the life of a college student. At the time, I scoffed. Hello?? I work 50+ hours per week in 3 jobs while taking 18 credits which included labs (and labs, my friends, are MUCH more than 18 hours per week!!)
When you’re 22, you’re skinny enough and young enough that dresses this short are appropriate! Oh Cancun, I miss you.
The thing is, time was flexible and you could make your own decisions. If I didn’t want to go to 8am biology, guess what – I didn’t go! (Just kidding, Mom… I went to ALL of my classes ;) ) And yes, I worked a lot (as a teaching assistant, a barista, a server, a student-athlete tutor, a biological science aide, a sustainable ag advocate…) but I always had time and energy to meet up with my friends for lunch or
happy hour FAC or for a movie.
In college, you can wear sashes around your head and it is completely normal, even if it isn’t St. Patrick’s Day!
Go Cubs! Loved this trip to Chicago!
And now, looking back, yes, I really did have it good. Sigh. For those of you still in college, savor every. single. minute. Yes, savor the exams, the cramming, the all-nighters, the 50+ hours/week that you are working to pay for school, the flexibility, being poor, your roommates, all of the free things available to you as a college student because YOU WILL MISS IT when it is over.
21st Birthday. No comment here ;)
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I love the paycheck that comes with it. I love being able to afford nice things like expensive purses and clothes that are not on the 75% off sales rack and vacations and fancy restaurants. But, if someone were to offer me the opportunity to go back to college knowing that I would have to live the life of an overworked, poor college student once again – I would do it in an instant.
Since I had a little too much fun going through all of my old college photos, enjoy a few more of the best 6 years of my life!
I got Mitchell Man in college – I don’t recommend this! But look how cute he was!!! No wonder I adopted him :)
Emily at I in the limo after Heidi’s wedding! I loved being a bridesmaid while still being in college :)
Pre-tailgating at 5am. We were so cool ;)
What do you miss most about college?