40 Thoughts You Have When Your Friend Is A Bad Driver
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40 Thoughts You Have When Your Friend Is A Bad Driver

...Other than a slow-mo montage of your life before your eyes.

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When living on a college campus, the simple pleasures of being able to cruise to unwalkable distances on your own time, in your own car, playing your own music is a thing of the past for most of us vehicle-less students.

In these dark times for transportation in our lives, there is usually a token friend with a car on campus who can swoop in for the rescue when in desperate need of a Target run or when the calling for off campus food becomes too strong to ignore. Which is great! Until you realize that your chauffeur, who, don't get it twisted, you are very grateful for, thinks they are auditioning for the ninth Fast and Furious (really, eight just wasn't enough?)

Riding passenger with this kind of friend, will go a little something like this...

1. Literally what would I do if I didn't have a friend with a car?

2. It's honestly amazing that they're even willing to drive me around.

3. Man, my friends are so selfless.

4. I'm such a great judge of character.

5. My friends would really do anything for me.

6. TBH I don't know why...

7. Not a shot in hell I'd be chauffeuring anybody around if I had a car.

8. Am I a bad person?

9. Self reflection can happen later, right now I just need to get off this campus.

10. Driving me around AND they're giving me AUX privileges? Beautiful.

11. And guess what?

12. Mom's not around so I'm not putting on my seat belt.

13. HAH!

14. Livin' on the edge.

15. Alright comin' up on a yellow light.

16. This is where we separate the boys from the men.

17. On second thought there's no way we're making this light.

18. Well I guess they have other plans.

19. Goin 80 through an intersection in a 40 zone okay nbd

20. Not like that's where cops watch for speeders or anything.

21. Whatever, their ticket not mine.

22. I mean at least this'll be an efficient trip, right?

23. Alright back to the AUX.

24. That was definitely a stop sign we just went through...

25. Hmm they don't seem phased maybe I imagined that.

26. No one ever drives around this college town anyway.

27. But maybe they shouldn't be playing Candy Crush and driving?

28. Just a suggestion...

29. Don't want to be annoying though, they are voluntarily driving me after all.

30. Should just keep my thoughts to myself and stay in my lane.

31. Speaking of people who should stay in their lane...

32. On second thought, that seatbelt sounds pretty nice.

33. So maybe this wasn't the moves...

34. I do really need to do some errands though.

35. ...but I also value my life

36. The perennial struggle.

37. Gotta think of something different next time.

38. I could just walk.

39. Or there is Zipcar.

40. Or maybe a razor scooter?

Next time, I'm just reserving a Zipcar so I can drive myself.

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No Mo' FOMO

Don't compromise who you are to avoid FOMO.

FOMO, amiright? It's become a college student's downfall, influencing us to give attention to things we don't have the time, energy or desire for. Before this term was coined, we seemed to have a little more control over our priorities.

Think about it: We've all had those nights when you come home after a long day at the library, take a shower and slip into some sweatpants, only to get the text: "Everyone" is going out and it's going to be the "best time ever". You are so tired and comfortable, but FOMO is slowly but surely pulling you away from your bed. If everyone else is going, you have to go, too. You convince yourself it's going to be the best time ever, but in reality it's just another night at Tin Roof Bar you may not even remember. Take a step back and realize this opportunity will more than likely present itself again--so don't feel bad about saying no.

We're poor college students. The little money we do have seems to disappear so quickly. You haven't bought yourself a new dress in months and you've become acquired to the taste of egg sandwiches and ramen noodles. This coming weekend you know you need to stay in and save money, so you've made plans to catch up on homework and binge-watch rom-coms.

But Saturday morning rolls around and your phone blows up with day plans for the game. You've worked so hard pinching pennies all week, and to throw it away now... but FOMO calls and suddenly has you checking all your coat pockets for loose change. So before you call an Uber and blow your budget, think about the regret that will follow on Sunday morning. And don't feel bad about sitting this one out.

FOMO isn't exclusive to social events. It also applies to beauty, fashion and technology. If you don't have the latest iPhone, you feel FOMO. If you didn't have ombre hair at one point, you feel FOMO. If your nails aren't constantly painted with latest gel color, you feel FOMO. If you haven't listened and memorized every new Justin Bieber song, you feel FOMO. Even if something doesn't interest us, we still make ourselves do it in order to avoid the fear of missing out. Don't compromise who you are to avoid FOMO.

Missing out on a few things here and there won't change your destiny. When you do something to simply not miss out, or to just to say you were a part of it, you're aren't going to enjoy it, anyway. Plus, it's a waste of time. Do what makes you happy, not what you think you should be doing or--God forbid--what everyone else is doing.

The only fear you should have is the fear of not staying true to yourself.

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Why Rooming With Your Best Friend Really Isn't That Bad

Don't buy into the hype.

When preparing for college, we all got the advice "don't room with your best friend". I know I heard that at least 10 times, along with a few horror stories about completely ruined friendships.

When I went to college, I completely ignored that advice and lived with my absolute bff. Luckily, the experience didn't tear us apart, but instead it brought us closer. Here's why I think rooming together can be a really good thing.

1. Homesickness isn't the same.
I know some people don't miss home at all, but some of us actually do get that homesick feeling every once in awhile. Having your best friend with you makes that so much better.

I mean, you spent most of your time together when you were home, so what's different now? Sure, nothing can replace your parents or siblings, but your bff is like having your own little piece of home at school with you, and it helps a lot.

2. You can bitch at her.
I'm not afraid to tell my roomie when she's being way too loud at 3 a.m. when I'm trying to sleep, or when I'm tired of seeing her dirty dishes in the sink. The good thing about this is that I can tell her how I feel, but I know she won't be mad at me about it. She'll actually probably just bitch right back.

3. You know her quirks.
When your roomie tries to wake up for her 8 a.m. class by setting alarms starting at 5:30 a.m., and she hits snooze a billion times, you aren't gonna be surprised--you're probably so used to it by now that you can sleep through the whole two hours of blaring misery. Knowing little annoying things like this about each other really helps.

4. You already know her significant other.
It can be super awkward for a new boyfriend to come around, especially if you're not even that close to the girl. But if your roommate is also your best friend, you're most likely already friends with her boo.

Heck, when my roomie's bf came, I didn't feel bad about not putting away my stuff or intruding on their movie night because I had nothing better to do. Trust me, this is gonna save you a whole lot of awkwardness. Plus, you're already their fave third wheel.

5. She's always there.
When you get rejected from your first choice of sorority, or she gets dumped by her boy, at least you've got each other. You have a shoulder to cry on and a person to laugh with. She's been there for you since day one, and it's really nice that her room is just a few feet away.

I'm not saying you should forget about making new friends. I actually think it's incredibly important to make some friends other than your bestie. But living with your best friend can make college even more enjoyable. Why not make your hometown bff your college bff, too?

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Thoughts on Being the Mom of My Friend Group

Like being a real mom, except not as rewarding.

A mother's role in her child's life is to support, protect, and provide. Of course, mothers have many more jobs than that, but those three hit the main points.

Mothers are to be cherished. They clean your cuts after you fall head first off of your bike. You sing their praise as they make your favorite meal after being at college for weeks. You worship them every time they stand up for you, or cover for your sorry ass (thanks, Mom).

That's not what being a college mom is like. At all.

Being a college mom is much more like being a maid, nanny, teacher, and friend all in one. So, yeah. Basically a mom, but you don't get any of the pride and satisfaction of watching your flesh and blood grow up.

Some of my tasks as mother include: wiping the counter off (again), because my roommate cannot seem to understand that toasted bread goes on a plate, sweeping the kitchen for the third time this week (and it's only Monday) because crumbs get put straight on the floor, never in the trash bin.

I also have to deal with the 4 a.m., "I lost my key, let me into the apartment" calls. And let us never forget the weekends I have saved my friends from bad (and I mean baaaad) decisions.

I keep a permanent hair tie and a few mints in my purse because holding a girl's hair back is just not something I want to do all night, and also puke breath, ew. I get all of the, "can you pick me up from class" calls, and of course, all executive decisions are left up to me.

That being said, I love being the mom. I would not change my position in my friend group for anything.

Every time I hear "you're so reliable," "you're my best friend," "wow, I didn't know you had to put dishes in the dishwasher a certain way to clean them," I feel a twinge of pride. So, while the job may get tedious from day to day, I love all of my dysfunctional friends, and I will never stop being their hair-holding, mint-wielding, dishwasher-loading mother.

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I'm in College and I Live at Home

... and I actually really love it.

When I was a senior in high school, I put some serious thought into whether or not I wanted to live on campus while I was getting my college degree. Granted, I didn't put in too much thought since I knew the answer was going to be a flat out no, and here's why.

Firstly, the idea of sharing a room with someone didn't really appeal to me. I had heard about terrible roommate stories, and having a bad roommate was a college experience I didn't mind missing out on. I also am incredibly picky about certain living conditions, and I would label myself a clean freak.

Dishes need to be minimal, there can't be clothes on the floor. I also understand that some people use their living spaces differently than I do, even though it may cause me mild panic attacks.

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Now, I know some people adore their roommates and that is wonderful. I just don't want to share my living space with someone who hogs the closet or doesn't give a shit that I'm trying to sleep.

Secondly, I like having my "work" and home be separate places. Home for me is a relaxing place where school comes second and I like it that way. I have also gotten closer to my family this way. I've matured since high school, and I'm still doing my own independent thing.

The only difference is that I still come home to my parents' house and I can hug them before I go to bed. Call me weird, but I like being close to my family.

However, the downside to living at home is the commute, but even that can be made into something fun. I jam to music in the car and sing as loud as I want most of the time. Sometimes I call people. Sometimes I scout out for police vehicles and see how many are trying to catch speeders. Anyway, even the commute has its positives.

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Overall, I personally think that the pros outweigh the cons in this situation. I'm living at home, with my family, not having to pay rent, with no have noisy neighbors blaring music, and I don't have to deal with picking only the essentials to take with me to a tiny dorm room that I have to share with someone I probably don't know.

Yeah, I'll take living at home any day of the week over all that business.

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Shaq Driving a Lyft Undercover

Don't talk to him about Kobe.

In the most recent segment of Undercover Lyft, NBA great Shaquille O'Neal dons a couple of different disguises and takes customers for a ride.

The most unbelievable part of these videos isn't that people don't recognize these famous athletes (though c'mon, how do you not know it's Shaq?), it's that these ordinary people are riding shotgun. Who the hell rides in the front of a Lyft?