Ten Mistakes You Will Make at Least Once in College
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 14:10
Everybody makes mistakes. Aren’t those the iconic words from our prepubescent days of Hannah Montana? Well despite Miley being all sorts of crazy now, she made a valid point.
Everybody DOES make mistakes and even with our older relatives and peers trying to steer us in the right direction and not make the same mistakes they have in their college “glory” days, but it’s bound to happen. We need to make some mistakes on our own and learn from them.
First, spending an extravagant amount of money on something extremely unnecessary. You may just be starting out on your own. You may even be getting your very first job. You have money in your hand and you want to spend it. But, mommy isn’t nagging into your ear to put some in your savings account or to put some away for those silly little things called ‘necessities.’
Lesson to be learned: That UnderArmor hoodie looks really good on you, but you know what would look even better? Some meat on your bones from eating an adequate amount of food because you have enough groceries.
Second, pulling an all-nighter for fun—Oh hey, you know what sounds like a really good idea? Not getting any sleep even though you know you have a full day ahead of you tomorrow, because you can’t seem to peel your eyes away from a dog chasing it’s own tail on loop for two hours.
Lesson to be learned: When you enter the real world and you try that, you’ll preform poorly and risk losing your job. Worth those extra hours of being awake? Debatable.
Third, leaving the dishes undone for a month and a half. Nobody likes dishes; it’s basically a fact of life. Dishes need to be done, though. And just like watching your figure, saying that you’ll get around to it tomorrow’ is never going to happen.
Lesson to be learned: Of all unwelcomed houseguests, mold and fungus are probably the least welcomed.
Fourth, letting yourself believe that you have a thirteen-year-old boy’s metabolism and neglecting your body. I know that dining plan that gives you an unlimited amount of food or that cheap, convenient, and fast food is calling your name. You tell yourself that one more bite of it won’t hurt and then you fall into the ever-vicious cycle of doing that with every meal you eat.
Lesson to be learned: Fitting into your clothes feels much better than that McDonalds’ French fry will taste. I promise.
Fifth, developing a deep and crippling and all-consuming addiction to one (or a few) TV shows. I’ve fallen victim to this many a-time. Especially with the convenience of Hulu and Netflix, they make entire series of shows available to you at your fingertips. How can you not fall victim to that?
Lesson to be learned: Although all of these shows are wonderful, real friendships don’t end when the series does. Socialize, at least a little bit. People are good for you.
Sixth, reading the Sparknotes of the classics instead of the classics themselves
You’re a busy person. You probably have a full time schedule, two jobs, friends, and a few extracurriculars. How dare your professor ask you to read the first 100 pages of Leviathan over the weekend? Who does he think he is? There’s no way he actually thinks that you can benefit in some way, shape, or form from reading it. He’s just doing this so spite you, obviously.
Lesson to be learned: There’s really only so long you can get away with pretending to have read the book before you get caught and look like even more of a fool. Why not just save yourself the trouble and read the material? Chances are you might actually learn something.
Seventh, getting drunk, thinking you’re a superhero and waking up with inexplicable bruises in unfamiliar places.
Lesson to be learned: I think this one says it all itself. We’ve all done it, and will all do it. So, just embrace the inevitable excruciating hangover that will follow the next morning as the lesson.
Eighth, going on an extravagant spring break trip that you definitely could not afford.
Lesson to be learned: Just because Vegas was really fun, doesn’t mean you should spend the equivalent of the next five months of rent. A place to live is probably a lot more fun.
Ninth, locking yourself out of your apartment. If you say this has never happened to you, then it will or you’re a dirty liar. Everyone has been in a hurry and realized when it was much too late.
Lesson to be learned: Be kind to your landlord. They will be the ones who decide when (and if) you get to get back into your apartment.
Finally, considering yourself a responsible adult. You’re going to make mistakes throughout adulthood. It’s how you learn your lessons, but it’s definitely a lot more fun this way.
Cassandra is a junior majoring in journalism