I was on Twitter and ended up reading The Icing on the Playlist’s post titled, “I’m Doing College Wrong + I Don’t Care.” As soon as I read it, I felt like someone had snatched all of (or most of) the sentiments I’ve had about college thus far, but that I wasn’t able to articulate. Sure, I touched on a couple of things here, but I tend to be long-winded without actually getting to the point. Basically, that post didn’t get across what I really wanted to say.
I thought it would be interesting to respond to rattle off in a more succinct way the things I am “doing wrong” when it comes to my experience. Read the post that inspired this!
Like Alexa, maybe some wine or a margarita with some food is nice, but power drinking and getting sh*tfaced isn’t my bag. I don’t like the feeling of being drunk, and I’m a grandma so too much even one night puts me out of commission for weeks to come. #TeamGrandma
Also #TeamGrandma: can’t keep up with the youngins. In a full academic year I’ll probably go out a total of 3 times (if even). I don’t even go out for my birthday. Again, I can’t keep up. I leave around 10:30 PM or 11 and am ready to leave by 2. As fun as it might be, I get tired. I miss my bed. I want food. I’d much rather be at a movie (or watching Netflix/Hulu in my room), eating out somewhere, or sleeping! I honestly respect those who have the stamina to go out Tuesday-Saturday every single week. Kudos.
Something about many clubs wrongs me the wrong way. Yeah some of them actually do meaningful things (but unfortunately my schedule always conflicts with those meeting dates), but most of the time I get the vibe that people are just there for another resume line. I used to try to do the “go to clubs and be active so it looks good on your resume/you can meet people,” but f a resume. I know there are things you have to do to “look good” but that’s not me. I also like meaningful connections with people which don’t always come seeing them for 15 minutes every Thursday at 9 PM. Sue me.
School Spirit/I Love My Campus
People thought I transferred to another school my junior year because I was never anywhere to be found out/on campus. Let that sink in. I’ll leave it there.
I’ve tried to talk myself into looking at the brighter side of things, but for the most part I can say I regret the way my college experience has gone. I wish I transferred and probably would have fared well somewhere closer where I could just do my own thing. Or at least somewhere with more options for activities outside of campus. I won’t walk away with a good handful of friends (probably only 1-2), lots of experiences to look back on, or blah blah blah. Most of the meaningful memories I have through these years (so far) have been outside of campus…
This might change after this year (possibly), but yeah. I don’t even really want to go to my graduation :)))))))))))
If you still didn’t click her original post, here it is one more time 🙂 But basically, here is a more truthful culmination of how I’ve felt about my general college experience. It’ll be fun to check back in May to see if any of this has changed…
As a parting note, these are more social things. I do have some academic qualms too, but eh. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter how you all have felt about your college/if there are things you feel you are “doing wrong.”