May 1, 2012

what I learned in college that wasn't in the textbooks


textbooks

  1. There is absolutely a 100% difference between having class at 8am and being at work at 8am, I'll take the latter.
  2. No matter how long they have been in college, some people just cannot grasp the concept of sitting in the same seat every class for smaller classrooms.
  3. Some teachers are there to educate you and see you succeed, others are there for the paycheck and because there was nothing else available at the time.
  4. When it's raining, wear shoes with grip on the bottom in order to prevent yourself from almost doing the splits in front of everyone in the lobby.
  5. And actually, carry an umbrella with you every single day, even if you don't think it will rain, better safe than soaking wet.
  6. By no means should you ever expect to register classes with the exact schedule you had hoped for.  That will rarely happen, and if it does, consider yourself one of the lucky few.
  7. It is actually possible to not participate at all in a class and still receive the same participation grade as your friend who talks on a regular basis.
  8. Attending a large campus means that by your last semester you can still find pathways and short-cuts that you never knew existed.
  9. Campus food is actually pretty delicious, although slighty overpriced.
  10. You will not receive college snow days as frequently as you did in high school.  For this reason, on those days you really shouldn't be having class because of the weather, but you go anyway because you're "that student," make sure to avoid all sloping sidewalks as they are likely still covered in ice.
Kinda glad those experiences are over, but at least I have a lot of life experience now. ;)

27 comments:

  1. Love this list...and I definitely agree with the 8 am class thing. I used to go into work at 5:30 in the morning, then I started college and had an 8 am class...it was terrible!

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    1. Haha yeah, something told me that it would be easy because I had already been doing that, but I was incredibly wrong! Ha

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  2. i agree with all of it. i haven't had to just work ever, im always in school, but it seems pretty amazing.

    -k

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    1. Yeah I haven't really had that yet either (except for summers), I start that Monday and I'm kind of excited to just clock out and actually be done, no homework or deadlines to remember!

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  3. Fun pictures! Welcome to grown up world. Best wishes on your endeavors.

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  4. I think the snow days thing depends where you went to HS and where you went to college. I went to UMD and Maryland does not know how to deal with snow...which meant a lot of snow days :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Haha, I guess that is true. The sad thing is my high school and college are just 45 minutes away from each other, so you'd think it would be the same! haha I guess I should have put the title as "things I learned at UK that weren't in the textbooks" :)

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  5. You are awesome. And I recognize a lot of these things, haha. But participation grades? seriously? Like those teachers know everyones name!? x

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  6. I am not in college but there are some practical things here for my now-a-days...like the shoes for the rain and carrying an umbrella everyday...completely useful. Most of the important skills I have learned happened outside of college.

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  7. I couldn't agree with any of your suggestions more! I loved college, and I loved going to class and writing term papers... because I was "that" student. But work at 8 am? Way better!!

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  8. Everything you've said are true. School days were fun and you learned a lot of experiences and of course lessons.

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  9. Such a fun post :) And LOVE that pic of you standing on the books - so cute!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  10. i love that shade of blue. you look amazing. enjoyed reading this post. :)
    have a great day, jessica!!

    xoxo
    jasmine
    AdamAlexMommy

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  11. Such a great post - college was fun, and I sure do have some wonderful memories, but I am having even more fun now, 3 years out! Love your pretty blue pants darling!
    xx

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  12. Ugh, I hate getting caught in the rain unprepared. I bet it's even worse when you have school all day!

    SoUtHeRnPiNkY.bLoGsPoT.cOm

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  13. Cute post! Loving yout cobalt blue pants!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  14. I couldn't agree more with #1. Why is it so much harder to sit through class at 8 am? I had it everyday this past semester. Killer! love this list. I agree with so many of them!
    xoxo,
    Sierra
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

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  15. lol, i love this all. thanks for the tips, i'll use them next year!

    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  16. ahhhh...so much to look forward to! haha. x

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  17. I love your blue pants!! New to your blog, just followed and am so looking forward to reading more posts :)

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  18. haha all of these are too true. and i agree, campus food is pretty great. Loving the photos of you on standing on your textbooks! awesome.

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  19. I so agree with the first point! haha. We don't really have colleges in Australia as well, so 8am class means an hour and a half on the bus first as well. I'd definitely rather work :P Lovely blog! Rhi xx

    thewildestofdreams.blogspot.com

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  20. love these! I MISS SNOW DAYS!!!
    and congrats on finishing!! i'm very excited for you :) i have 3 years to go!

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  21. so true!!! great post, and congratulations!!
    such a charming blog, doll!
    following you now :)
    would love if you checked out my blog and followed if you like :)
    <3
    nailvarnishvixen.blogspot.com

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  22. gosh i love you! you're going to look back later on this little list & just love it. it's so funny. and gosh, every point is true. so, so true. you definitely jogged my memory! xo.

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  23. this is so interesting for me for two reasons. I did not attend college and my daughter is entering her Senior year of high school, and we are about to visit colleges this summer, so i found this so interesting!

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