Rules that college and life should’ve prepared you for (updates frequently)

As soon as I got to college I was so excited for what was to come and prepared myself for what I thought would be the things that were important (i.e. supplies, clothing etc.). However, after only a week, I realized that I was completely unprepared to handle life on my own (and life with a roommate), so together, Tori and I have made a list of rules that colleges don’t tell you about that could make your experience one with many laughs, awkward silences and late night Supernatural marathons.

  1. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
  2. There is no such thing as a “hot shower”. There is scalding, luke-warm, and freezing. Choose wisely.
  3. Buy books online to avoid going broke.
  4. Always be prepared for the unexpected. This includes “unexpected” fire drills at 1:30 am.
  5. Self-transportation is the ONLY transportation. Open parking spots do not exist.
  6. There’s what you want to do and what you have to do. Make the hard decision.
  7. Sometimes the big challenges are the most gratifying but it’s the little ones that are the most rewarding.
  8. Rather than sit alone while dinning, sit with a stranger. The experience is more enjoyable and it’s an easy way to make a friend.
  9. Find a form of studying that works for you… Otherwise you’re reading 54 pages from your history book due the next day.
  10. Take on each day with a overwhelming amount of self confidence. This leads to new friends, good days, and free t-shirts.
  11. Think smart buy smart. College will suck away all of your funds, spend what you’ve got wisely.
  12. Leave the house early for everything. If you’re not early, you’re late.
  13. Make your roommate your best friend. You’re going to be living with them for a while, make the most of it.
  14. Take time to smell the flowers, it just might be an adventure of its own.
  15. Pick your moments. Maybe all you need is some dinosaur chicken nuggets to make a night better.
  16. Sometimes you’ve just got to go for something. Not everything in the world is planned out, when life gives you lemons, make strawberry watermelon juice.
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