college, man


In a few days, I am going to embark on the second half of my first year of college.  After reading Melanie's list of lessons learned, I thought I would create my own, because that's what college is all about after all!

Going to college gives you a lot of room (figuratively speaking--dorm rooms are tiny) to discover things about yourself and the kind of person you want to become.  I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to go to school in Portland, because as far as I am concerned, it is one of the most creative, thriving, beautiful, outright weirdest city ever to live in.

Things I've learned from my experiences:
  • Netflix Instant can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  
  • Coffee is beautiful.  Half coffee/half chocolate milk is a must in the Bon when you need a pick-me-up.
  • Napping is a necessary pastime.
  • The paper WILL get written, so there's no need to stress out about it.
  • Sloth colonies exist, but you need a permit.
  • It's acceptable to bring a sloth dressed in a girl's pink onesie and bow to a tea place.
  • Bubble tea is delicious.
  • Finding a job on campus is easier than you think.
  • I have a LOT to learn about the theatre world.
  • Ragging costumes takes hours and may result in injuries from seam rippers.
  • Sometimes you need to construct a squirrel cape for a show.
  • Baked goods will cheer up yourself, friends, and strangers.
  • Laundry detergent is EXPENSIVE.
  • Grocery shopping holds way too many opportunities to spend all your money on food.  Don't go unless you need something specific or have a list.
  • Leaving the wikipedia page for "Procrastination" up on your web browser is a good way to remind yourself that you have business to take care of.
  • College is a lot of reading.
  • Explore the neighborhoods of Portland every weekend, or at least find a coffee place to study at downtown so you don't go crazy being on campus all the time.
  • Although...sometimes it's better to lock yourself in your room than find somewhere cool to study.
  • Make sure to find the things that are vital to your existence (macarons).
  • Making new friends can be rough.
  • ALWAYS watch Glee with fellow Gleeks on Tuesday nights.  (New Girl, too.)
  • If you find a boy who loves baking and Harry Potter and has a beard, make him your boyfriend ASAP.
  • Go to school events.
  • Care packages brighten your day, your week, pretty much your whole month.
  • Find at least one person you can spill your guts out to when you're homesick or overwhelmed.
  • Cover your walls with photos, cards, and memories that you accumulate.  
  • Mullets are back.  You heard it here first.  (And no, I do not condone this trend.)
  • People can surprise you, in good ways and in bad ways.
  • Sour Patch Kids are GREAT late night brain food.  No regrets.
  • Stay connected with friends and family and blog often so you stay sane.
  • Stay warm with copious amounts of blankets, sweaters, and scarves.  And bearded boyfriends.
  • The rainy weather can effect your mood pretty poorly, so be sure to soak up the sun when it's out and stay positive when it won't resurface for days.
  • Sometimes the best burgers are little.
  • Smile at everyone, because you will see them at least three times a day walking around campus.
  • FOOD IS SO GOOD.  EAT ALL OF IT.
And so, so much more.  It's about time to go back to learn some more...

3 comments:

Bookish.Spazz said...

Lovely list!

It makes me excited for college!

Ted said...

I loved everything about this list. Number 5 made me laugh very loudly.

▲my• said...

Bubble Tea is FANTASTIC. I only know of one place to get it here in Phoenix, and I try to go once every few months AT LEAST to satisfy my cravings.