High School vs. College
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High School vs. College

It's a whole new ballgame, people.

Throughout high school, my teachers would always tell us they were "preparing us for college." And whenever my parents refused to help me with a problem--admittedly, one I was perfectly capable of fixing myself--they would say they were "making me independant for college life." But once I actually stepped foot on campus, it was pretty obvious: Nothing that I learned in my high school days could be applied to my new life.

College is, without a doubt, a whole new ballgame.

First off, in college there is no such thing as "popularity" like there was in high school. There isn't a table during lunch where all the popular kids sit. There aren't dances that you need a date for or games where all the "cool" students sit in one section. No one cares about how you dress, because everyone looks like a slob all the time. Friends aren't made by wearing the latest trends or by sitting at a certain table at lunch. In college, you make friends by being kind and considerate. Seriously. College is stressful enough on its own; and no one has the time or the desire to hang out with negative or snobby individuals. So don't be one. In college, the people with a lot of friends are the ones who are genuinely nice to others.

In high school, I would always try to skip class. By the end of each year, my absences would be maxed out and I literally couldn't miss another day. But in college, attendance usually doesn't matter. Many professors don't even take attendance. But the thing is, in college, every class actually does matter. Admit it, there would be days you went to class in high school and probably walked out of there not having learned anything. That does not happen in college--There may be a whole section on a test of information that was covered in just one day. And conveniently, that will probably be the day you decided to take a nap instead of attend class. Before I left for my second semester of college, my dad calculated how much each class was worth: If I skipped class to take a nap, that nap would cost me $70 dollars. I haven't skipped a class since.

Another college trend: Effort is attractive. Studying hard and using your resources is not looked down upon in college, whereas in high school, my peers would always pressure me into doing something fun, rather than studying for a test. But in college, every student is paying thousands of dollars just to learn, so most take it more seriously. In college, effort is noticed, appreciated, and highly respected among college students.

Something I always disliked about high school was that I felt like I had to look, act, or talk a certain way to be accepted. And when I look back on it, that way of thinking kept me from doing a lot of things that I would have really enjoyed or excelled at.

But being a college student gives you the freedom to break out, try new things, and embrace a different side of yourself. You may have been the cheerleader in high school, but you can be a sports writer in college. Or you may have been a band kid in your hometown, but in college you can embrace Greek life. There are no labels when you take your first steps on campus. You can create your own label--and your own college identity.

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The Types of People You Meet in Your College Dorm

There's every walk of life imaginable.

Ah, the first year dormitory. It's a cross between a zoo and a weird "millennials only" hotel. It's bizarre to be forced to live with people who have nothing in common with you, aside from the fact that you're scared shitless about the years to come.

Here's a little guide to some of the interesting creatures you'll come across in the dorms.

1. The "no parents, no rules" kid
We all know who I'm talking about here. Suddenly their 10 p.m. curfew is lifted; Mom and Dad don't drag them to church anymore; and they've tasted their first sip of alcohol. This one goes buck wild with their newfound freedom.

2. The "I have two roommates"
The ever awkward, "my roommate's boyfriend sleeps over EVERY NIGHT." How unfun this can be for the third-wheeling roomie. Chances are they've got some great noise canceling headphones.

3. The "OMG it's quiet hours"
Rare as it may be, some people do come to college to study and make the grades. These hallmates are particularly picky when it comes to following the RA's rules. Don't get on their badly side or they may tattle.

4. The "I'm joining every club" person
This breed flourishes in a college setting. Like to knit? Like comic books? Like to knit comic characters? No fear. There's a club for everything; and I guarantee this one will find 'em.

5. The "frequent visitor"
Chances are, somewhere among your incoming class of 10,000, someone hates their roommate (blasphemy, I know). Anyways, their BFF lives down the hall from you, so they keep a toothbrush and some spare pajamas in your dorm and stay in your hall more than their own.

6. The "homesick and heartbroken"
Thank God for unlimited minutes because these peeps would be SOL. These dorm mates may spend a great deal of time crying on the phone wishing they could "just go home". We all have our moments, but for some, it ain't easy missing mommy.

7. The "sucked into her sorority" girl
I have NOTHING against going Greek, don't get me wrong. Some people just go Greek so fast you forgot they ever lived with you. Their roommate is left alone to cry about the bid she never got and the roommate she barely ever had.

8. The "how the hell do I college?"
Perhaps the most populated breed of college student is the one who gets there and realizes that it's a whole new ball game. Like, what do you mean I have to do my own laundry and take myself to a doctor?! You're certainly not alone, sad college newbie! It gets easier with time.

9. The "crazy fish lady"
Weird, but the only pet you can get away with in a dorm are fish. In my opinion, fish are essentially decorative furniture. Someone in your hall REALLY misses their labradoodle and needs animal attention so bad that they overcompensate with fish.

10. The "smooth transitioner"
Hats off to you, smooth transitioners. These humans somehow make it look easy to get dumped into a new setting with new people and a new sense of freedom. Please write us a comprehensive tell all on how you were able to avoid the breakdowns and make The Dean's List.

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Watch Me Glow Up

What happens when you don't peak in high school.

Chances are, the super popular kids from your high school probably aren't doing much now. And that super shy, but seriously smart kid from your bio class freshman year is a total smokeshow and has a full ride to an Ivy League. It's the way it always goes.

And I'm also going to go ahead and take a guess that you yourself did not peak in high school. While it may have sucked at the time, you're one of the lucky ones. Here's why.

You see so many people who peaked early end up at community college in your hometown.
I'm not bashing community college here. What I am bashing is people who stick around because they're so scared to leave the small-time fame and popularity they had in high school behind.

They peaked so hard that they aren't really sure where their life will go from there. That's a pretty sad thing for an 18-year-old kid. Thank God you have plenty of peaking left to do, and can look forward to new places and new adventures without the fear that you've already experienced the best life has to offer you.

The people who were rude to you in high school want to be your best friend now.
It's a classic Cinderella story. (Wow, that was fucking cheesy.) Honestly though, high-school-wallflower-turns-successful-and-attractive-adult is a tale as old as time. Plus it always ends in "popular" kids from your high school either wanting to fuck you or be you. Too bad they didn't see how great you were then. You're on to bigger and better things.

You probably won't peak in college either.
This is just as much of a blessing as not peaking in high school is. If I have 75-plus years on this Earth I'm going to be super bummed if I hit my peak before I even turn 22. There is so much life to live after school--but you already knew that.

You're more successful than your peers.
If you didn't peak in high school it's probably because you were too busy focusing on other things. While you had your good group of friends, a thriving social life probably wasn't the top priority in your life. You were focused on grades or a passion turned side hustle and trust me, if that isn't benefiting you now, it's definitely going to.

You're more content wherever you are in your life.
You don't have any expectations for how much people will love you or how many friends you have. You're taking it day by day and enjoying everything life has to offer. It's not that your expectations are low, you've just learned from watching the people who peaked in high school that being popular and cool isn't necessarily a key to a solid life.

You have a lot to look forward to.
There is reward in not peaking too young. You get the chance to look forward to something exciting. You get the chance to live everyday knowing you're only getting better. It's all uphill from here.

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Throwback to Season 1

Every transition is a new season of the ridiculous sitcom of my life.

I have this running joke with my current friend group where I refer to some of them as the, "Season 4," cast in my life. As I've graduated high school, entered college, and then got shuffled into my major, friends have come and gone.

Every transition is a new season of the ridiculous sitcom of my life.

So, Season 4, the season of my Maturity ArcTM, where I'm bravely forging ahead with my life, taking opportunities and preparing for life after graduation. Things are going good. Great, even. So, of course, there's gotta be a callback to my Origin ArcTM.

And that's when we start bringing back the Season 1 characters that we thought were out the door.

To put it less dramatically, a friend from high school came to visit me, and we had a really fun time. No awkward silences, no not really knowing what to say to each other, we just picked up from where we'd left off.

Being fairly out of touch with my graduating class, my time with them has kind of fuzzied out in my brain, but it took maybe an hour (and three beers) for it all to come back. The embarrassing stories, the inter-clique politics, the illicit romances.

God, high school was truly one of the most infuriating times of my life, but looking back on it after having graduated almost three years ago it all seems so funny. And past that, it was just so nice to have someone who's known me for so long back in my life for a night.

If you graduated and didn't look back then that was your decision. Burn those bridges, man. Don't let anyone tell you what to do. But laughing about all the dumb shit you did or saw is miles better with a beer and an old friend than it is by yourself.

The first season may be shittier than the rest, but hey, it's there for a reason.

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How to Stop Writing like You're in High School

No one cares if you have a cover page.

It's time to unlearn many of those high school writing habits. They just don't exist anymore in college.

In high school, you might have learned to start every paragraph with the main point and end every paragraph re-stating the main point. That's not the case in college. You have much more freedom to write in the way that serves your ideas and argument.

College professors want you to think critically and write persuasively. Here's a cheat sheet to help you shift into college writing gear.

Source: K.C Uthus, FlockU

Word to your flocker.

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Things College Seniors Tell High School Seniors

Cherish your youth.

You will never look as young and bright as you do now.

These bags under my eyes? Only took half a semester to form, and now I look six years older than I actually am. My brow is permanently furrowed and I have wrinkles carved into my forehead from intense studying.

Cherish your youth. There will be one morning in winter when you wake up and your back and knees legitimately hurt, and you have to take a minute to stretch.

You are going to learn how stressful having money is when you don't have your parents to extract it from. Disposable income becomes undisposable income faster than you would believe.

Professors are just older college students. Honestly, you could walk into class on fire and they'd just ask if you were gonna take your seat or not.

The "Old College Try", really means you give a quarter-assed attempt at whatever it is that you're trying to do and then exaggerating about how hard it is.

Keggers aren't real.... Unless you BELIEVE.

Frat bros are either fine or super creepy. Usually super predatory and misogynistic, with a dash of homoerotic subtext.

Unless your limb is actually, literally about to fall off, no injury or disease is enough for you to risk the doctor's bill going to the hospital will get you. Just pop an Advil and call it a day.

Finals? You mean that time of year the underground Adderall market resurfaces overnight?

Tired will just become a part of your personality at some point. Get used to it.

If you couldn't already write ten pages of a paper in one night, you will learn to. And you will do it many, many times.

Libraries will inevitably become loud asshole rumpus parties on the nights before tests. Consider ear-plugs.

If there's a weird stain in a weird corner, it's because someone drunk-puked there.

People (covertly) drink in class less than you'd think, but still more than the professor would probably like.

You will graduate college with the same feeling you graduated high school. That, "Well, I guess that just happened," feeling.