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6 Things I Miss About College
It's amazing how much I miss college, now that I think about it. Right around this time last year, I was gearing up for my final year at college as a senior. And now here I am, moping around about what once was.
I guess it's a combination of not being able to find a job, having no money, and knowing that all of my other friends are still enrolled in school. Regardless, there are a couple things about college that are sorely lacking on the graduate side of life. 6 to be exact.
I'm sure once I find a job and get invovled in my the post-grad life, I won't miss college so much. I hate feeling nostalgia this quickly after finishing a part of life, but it's just one of those things in life you can't avoid.
Although, there is grad school...
Table of Contents
1. The Freedom
One thing that college offered that I lament not having anymore is freedom. At college, your only real responsibility was to go to class and (hopefully) pass. Aside from that, college students are free to do whatever they see fit. Some people get jobs. Some people do drugs. Others get involved on campus. But the fact of the matter is, the choices were almost infinite.
Out in the real world, you don't have any freedom at all, contrary to what our constitution says. You've got things like bills and rent to pay. It's not fun at all. It's a complete role reversal, and I'm a little overwhelmed, because I see so many people leaving college, only to become locked into living to work. Scary indeed.
2. The Learning Atmosphere
Just being on a college campus seems to make people want to learn. I guess being surrounded by so many people actively involved in their studies is contagious. I remember talking to my friends taking classes like Anatomy and Physiology, really intensive courses, and just hearing how hard they had to study would motivate me to put that much more effort into my own work. And heaven forbid you walk into the library, you almost had no choice but to do something constructive.
I really miss being around so many budding intellectuals. Things just aren't the same after college. Sure, I have more freedom to study things that aren't apart of my major; it's hard to stay motivated. When your roommate is locked away, pulling an all-nighter to finish their mid-term, it's just the kind of setting that can cause people to study harder. But out here it's so...empty.
3. Meeting New People
I'm fully aware that it is possible to meet new people outside of college, but there is definitely a unique feeling to doing so in a campus atmosphere. No matter how small your school is, you're always bound to meet someone new, and in the most random ways, too. There's meeting people in class, at the cafeteria, in the gym, at dorm parties, or just out of the blue when former students come back to visit their old dorms and tell you about all the debauchery they committed there before you. (True story)
One of my frat brothers who graduated a few years ago told me that I should take advantage of meeting people while still at college, because those oppurtunities are few and far between. I'm not that worried about meeting people, it just seems to happen. But getting to know your neighbors just isn't the same as other college students in your quad.
4. Greek Life
Greek life doesn't end once you graduate from college. At least, it's not supposed to. But being apart of a social Greek organization on campus has no parallel in any other way in the world. The good, the bad, the ugly, every part of being Greek is just one crazy experience that nobody ever wants to end. My fraternity makes it a point for undergrads to get involved in either throwing events on campus, performing community service, and just being social. Ah man, it was great.
I still plan on being involved, but responsibilities and oppurtunities change once you're a college graduate. It's like being promoted from a private to a general. You don't really spend time in the trenches anymore, so you start to feel a little left out. But it's all part of growing older, albeit a sadder part.
As if living in a college dorm wasn't cool enough, the level of privacy at college is the icing on the cake. While I didn't get my own room at school until my junior year, it was well worth the wait. There is nothing better than being able to have your own private space. If you didn't want to be bothered, all you had to do was shut that door, and your were on your own planet. It was amazing. You could do a lot of things with that amount of privacy that you couldn't do elsewhere, like...homework,lol.
I don't know if I'm alone in this, but at home, my room saw more traffic than the living room did. Maybe it's because the only computer with Internet is here, but I had the least amount of privacy here out of the entire family. It got so bad that I had to lock my door, just to keep my sanity at times. Even when I shared a room at college, I never really had that problem, because at most, only one other person was there. The privacy offered at school is unrivaled.
Oh yeah! The college party scene is bananas. I mean, there's nothing like it! College is a very stressful place, and the most popular form of stress relief is to go out and party it up! On party nights, all you had to do was walk around campus, and you were almost guaranteed to find something going on. Or, you could just throw an impromptu party just like that. Basically, anything was a party at college.
Partying outside of college...*shudders*. I don't even wanna think about it. There's just no comparison. I don't care how hard you try, you just can't recreate that carefree attitude once you leave college. Period.