8 Things Only College Students can get Away With

8 Things Only College Students can get Away With

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Whether you’re currently in college or out in the “real world,” there are some things we all know college students can get away with that the rest of us just can’t. Some of them we wish we still could, others we do not miss at all.

1. Sleeping in public

No matter what college campus you step onto, you are almost guaranteed to find a student sleeping in a random, public place. And it’s no big deal.

Whether they’ve scheduled their classes so far apart that they don’t know what else to do with their time, or they were studying and/or working on a project when they were suddenly struck with a nap attack, sleeping on college campuses is almost a right of passage. Try that anywhere else in the world though, and you get kicked out for being mistaken for a homeless person.

2. Not having a job

While most college student do elect to have jobs, either full or part time, college is one of the last times in your life where it is socially acceptable to not be part of the workforce.

Students who forgo working to focus on their studies, or at least that’s what they may tell their parents, are often actually praised for their commitment to their education and for keeping their priorities straight.

If you have the luxury of living in a dorm and eating your meals on campus, or if you commute from somewhere you’re living rent free, enjoy your freedom. The rest of us miss it.

3. Eating nothing but Ramen Noodles and pizza

As a college student, it’s just accepted that you’re probably “poor” and that status is reflected in your eating habits. Pizza and Ramen Noodles are cheap, and how can you get tired of it when they offer so many different flavors?

It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Cheap food with a high sodium content is part of the college experience.

4. Not being pressured to be married

If you’re single in college, you’re in the majority. However, once you graduate, prepare to hear, “You’re next!” from all your relatives at every wedding you attend for the rest of your life.

Speaking of which, this is the point in your life where you find yourself attending a LOT of weddings. Now that you have that fancy, new degree, you’re expected to join the status quo and get married and start a family. Enjoy the single life in peace while you can!

5. Doing stupid things just because you feel like it

In college, if you and your friends decide to hit up WalMart at 3 a.m. because you have a sudden craving for baked potatoes and beef jerky (probably because you are avoiding finishing that big paper that’s due in the morning), it’s a funny story.

Try telling that to your boss to explain why you overslept and missed that meeting – not going to go over well. College students are able to get away with all kinds of outrageous shenanigans, and the rest of society will smile knowingly and attribute your madness to the joys of youth and the strain of earning that degree.

6. Have someone else do your laundry

Whether it’s your mom, your girlfriend, your grandfather, or someone else, enjoy this luxury while you can. Don’t forget to learn this handy skill though because odds are good that you’re going to have to wash, sort, and fold your own clothes eventually.

7. Worry about your grades

Hopefully you at least think about them anyway. Once you’ve graduated, you can look forward to a blissful lack of term papers, exams, and GPAs. Instead, they’ll be replaced with annual reviews, performance records, and attendance cards.

8. Be a college student

This one seems obvious, but seriously, this is the only time in your life you get to be a college student.

Sure, you can go back, maybe you already have, but you’re not going to be a college student forever. How many adults do you know who tell stories that start with, “Back when I was in college…”

This is the part of your life where you get to create those stories for yourself. Enjoy it. Work your butt off to earn that degree, but have some fun along the way.

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