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"College as explained to me in high school" vs. "College as experienced firsthand"

  • In high school they told us:

    There will be no grades in a class except the midterm and the final, so you have to study hard because failing one test means you fail the class.

  • Once I was in college a professor said:

    Hey, you guys are working really hard on your third paper, so I'm just going to cancel the final and give everyone a hundred on it.

  • In high school they told us:

    In college, class always begins exactly at the scheduled start time. If your class is at 9 AM and you get there at 9:01, the doors will be locked and you'll be out of luck, especially if it's the day of the midterm or final, because then you get a zero.

  • Once I was in college a professor said:

    Does anyone mind if I start class at 3:35 instead of 3:30? These elevators are really slow and I want to have time for a cigarette before I teach for 90 minutes.

  • In high school they told us:

    Every class you miss drops you a full letter grade in college courses.

  • Once I was in college almost every professor said:

    You can miss three classes without a penalty, and a few more if you have a Doctor's note. Sorry to be a hardass, but you automatically fail if you miss more than ten days of class.

  • In high school they told us:

    If you do have papers, your professors just lecture and put the assignments on the syllabus. You're completely responsible for remembering the deadlines, they won't remind you. All your professors will do is lecture and the rest is up to you.

  • Once I was in college a professor said:

    Okay, so your next paper is in two weeks! I'll keep reminding you in the interim, but I just want to make sure you have enough time to do it! Let's run through the structure I want to see real quick, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me or come to my office hours!

  • In high school they told us:

    You have to use MLA formatting and if you make any mistakes in your citations, it'll be considered plagiarism. You'll be expelled and probably sued.

  • Once I was in college almost every professor said:

    Please do not use MLA, it is awful, we use either APA or Chicago here because we are not 14 years old.

  • In high school they told me:

    There is no excuse for an absence. NONE.

  • In college I called a professor and said:

    I'm really, really, really sorry but it's -18 before windchill and I have to walk two miles to get to class.

  • The professor said:

    You stay inside and stay safe. Here's what we're reading today. I'll quiz you next week and if you can get a 90% I'll mark you present. I know you live off-campus, do you have food?

  • In high school they told me:

    Your advisor is just for academia, not personal problems.

  • In college my advisor called me:

    Are you okay? I haven't seen you in class in two weeks and I know you have depression. I can drop off your work if you'd like. Please call me and tell me how you're doing even if you can't get to class.

  • In high school they told me:

    Don't argue. You think this is bad, wait til college.

  • In college all but one of my professors said:

    You wanna argue, do it in a civil manner. We didn't get here today without 5000 years of healthy debate.

1. Drink water

2. Call your grandmother

3. Thank the bus driver

4. Experience something new (watch the sunrise, go to somewhere you’d never see yourself at)

5. Tell someone you miss them

6. Buy your mom a flower

7. Search for milkshakes recipes and try some

8. Start a conversation with someone you know is crazy about talking to you

9. Be concentrated at school/work

10. Exercise outside

11. Bring your headphones everywhere

12. Listen to a new kind of music

13. Watch tv series you used to watch in your childhood

14. Appreciate things; look at someone in the eye when you say thank you

15. Greet your friends with a hug

16. Those who are quiet know it, don’t point that out

17. Forgive someone you’ve been mad at for a long time

18. Eat clean

19. Take pictures of the sky at different times of the day and then put it all together

20. Go to the coffee shop by yourself, watch people around you

21. Dance freely

22. Compliment on more than appearances

23. Bake cupcakes and offer them to your friends

24. Say goodmorning to a stranger and say it to another two for each one that doesn’t say it back

25. Ice cream

26. Offer your help

27. Use a new outfit

28. Be humble

29. Don’t search for old photographs, take new ones

30. Remember to go out some time but also remember how great it feels to be home

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