10 Things College Kids Just Don’t Get


I work with college students. Yesterday this happened:

Well….shit. In so many ways, I feel just like them. But when they leave our 9pm meeting (yes, a 9pm meeting) to head to the bars on a Monday while I hurry home to watch How I Met Your Mother, I’m quickly reminded that the 3 year age gap is a much bigger lifestyle gap.

10 things college kids just don't get

So, to the average college student:

1 || If you can still buy Starbucks, you aren’t really poor. And while we’re at it, I have a hard time believing you are really suffering when you have an arm full of Alex and Ani bracelets and a Longchamp shoulder bag. On that note, shall we talk about spring break? I was always spring broke. My ass stayed home. Are you one of the actual broke people? Put your FOMO at ease, in my experience no one remembers what happened on spring break anyways.

2 || Leggings are not pants.

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You’re welcome for sharing that. Consider printing it out.

p.s. Some leggings are see through. Do your roommates hate you or something? Who let you out of the house?

3 || As much as you may think you are, you are not busy. Enjoy those 2pm naps while you can. I miss napping. I miss it so much.

4 || Grades don’t matter as much as you think they do. Connections matter. You will never remember what you got on that Comm 301 final. And not a single person has ever asked for my college GPA. Ever.


5 || But on that note, going to class can result in the craziest thing: you can learn stuff! If I had a. Attended class more frequently and b. Actually paid attention, who knows how knowledgable I could be now! If I had a do-over, I think I’d actually try to learn.

6 || Freaking out about graduation and becoming a grown up? You should be. The transition from college lifestyle to cubicle is hands down the fastest way to make you feel like your life is over. Do yourself a favor and get a Netflix subscription and prepare for the funkiest funk you’ve ever been in.

Or you could, you know, make new friends and add enriching activities to your life. But I went the Netflix route for a solid 6 months and I turned out, eerrmm, okay….

7 || Jobs that sound good aren’t always the jobs you actually want. Ahem, this I have some experience on. Guess who went into college as  Bio-Chemistry and Molecular Biology major and was all set to become a doctor? This girl. It sure sounded good to be able to say to people “I’m going to be a doctor.” Turns out, I couldn’t compete in the hard-core science classes and quickly figured out that my life would not play out like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Thus, a communication degree.

Next time someone asks you what you are going to do after graduation, look them dead in the eye and say “I’m becoming an Astronaut.” Or just say, “I don’t know. I’m young. I have time.” It’s the damn truth.

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Me being a doctor is about this believable. Stop it, Summer.

8 || Your major has nothing to do with anything. I was a communication major and now work for a non-profit. N was a Poly Sci major and works in finance. I can give you a gagillion examples of people I know who have degrees in random things that they never use. Learn to write well and network. That’s code for go out drinking with your friends. Being a sorority girl helped me get every job I’ve had, including my current job.

9 || Someday, a bartender won’t ID you and you’ll be upset about it. Enjoy the years that it happens and don’t complain.

10 || Get your ass in that frat house. Yeah, dead serious about that one. The beer is free, the boys are fun, and guess what? Outside of these 4 years it will never again be socially acceptable for you to be there. I promise, you can be in bars for the rest of your life but the time will run out for the grimy goodness of your local Pike, Sig Ep, or Sigma Chi. Don’t question the jungle juice, just enjoy it.


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  • Natalie Smedegard

    I’m graduating in May, and this just made me so sad…only 7 more months of living the life.

  • Love this. Wish I’d known some of these things in college – like how your major means nothing. I also originally went premed, then decided to go for something interesting that relates to nothing I do now. Except perhaps some cultural ramblings on my blog. And leggings are SO not pants. Amen.

  • haha yep all of this. totally agree. i audibly laughed at work about the starbucks one.

  • this is brilliant and i was nodding my head “yes” as i read the entire post. everything you said is so true!! i work at a college now and am also in grad school. it was definitely rough getting through that first 6 month transition of am i still a student? am i not? i’m an employee but i’m still taking classes… ahh! it was confusing haha but honestly, i kind of like my new adult life…. some days haha

  • Yes! I do graduate admissions at a college, and find these same things with grad students! I tell them to live it up now, it just gets worse when you’re out!

  • True, all true. Thank goodness leggings weren’t in fashion when I was at college!
    Claire xx

  • Tk

    I thought all these things while I was in college. There are just some experiences I can’t forget
    1) the girl walking around in what I’m sure she thinks are leggings, but those are tights and I can see your panties… so can everyone else.
    2)The drunk frat boy who dumped an armful of candy and expensive drinks on the counter, then more, then more. He charged it all to the stores card (which is usually billed to parents who think they are paying for text books) because that will show his parents to cut him off or some such.
    3)The sorority girls who all look the same and wear the same expensive shit buying armfuls of Vera Bradly bags and expensive clothes, all the time laughing that their parents think they are paying for text books instead of that crap.

    If those people graduate and don’t know how to survive, I won’t feel sorry for them. …because they will probably just move back in with the parents that bankrolled their college education.

    For the record, I don’t know a single college student who actually had an MTV Spring Break experience that wasn’t bankrolled by their parents.

    Lastly, I’m not mad their parents have the ability to fund their children’s education. If I can do that for my future kids, I will. What I can’t stand is that they had no respect for that blessing and no problem wasting their college education away in a drunken haze.

    (end rant)

  • Ah great advice. I miss naps too. A lot. It is so very true about your major having no real map in your career and that not all jobs that sound good are going to actually be good! Now let’s count down the minutes until it is time to go home and watch TV!

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  • The only reason I ever got Starbucks in college was because I had flex dollars I needed to use and nothing else was good. I never buy Starbucks now that is not “free”.

    I never went anywhere on Spring Break either. This girl went to work.

    I wish I could say I napped in college. I was honestly busy all the time though. I went from 5:30am- midnight running around campus, work, extra curriculars and more. I do wish I could’ve enjoyed those good ‘ol 2pm naps.

  • This list is so true and some are things even I wish I knew when I was in college. But- the major thing is true. First (yes, first) degree is in music and is pretty useless. 2nd degree is in nursing…would’ve saved myself a lot of trouble if I did it MUCH differently. Oh well…and my college had a non-existent greek like, so the frat houses were a no-go anyways.

  • truth truth truth! Except I’m a college student and sometimes I’d rather stay in than go out..oops. “old people” syndrome settling in early

  • I graduated from college 4 months ago and I still feel like I’m still in college and I’m going to have to go back and go to class. I think one of my biggest pet peeves when I was there was when people complained how “broke” they are yet, they still went out to eat all the time. Mmmhmmm. Broke….

  • The perfect afternoon read! Another great post, Nadine!

  • Ugh all of these. When I see younger girls I know from back home complaining how “broke” they are via Facebook, I just sit here shaking my head.

  • Nadine, this post has me rolling in laughter! I’m graduating in December and slowly have to make the transition to the real world.


  • Gabbie

    As a 21 year old soon to be college graduate I just laughed out loud!!! This past summer I had my first internship at an agency and it was a nice little pre wake-up call about the coming months! My boyfriend graduated May 2013 and keeps reminding me to harness every last moment I have in the bubble of college. Grad school, anyone?

  • I never did the whole college thing until I was in my mid-twenties so this blog isn’t as easy to relate to in the technical sense. However, I was once a high school student and this still applies (I’ll take it!) I feel ya in all of these respects. Growing up is hard to do 🙂

  • Love this! So, so true! Especially the leggings are not pants and the get your ass in the frat house. Totally agree! And I graduated from college 15 years ago. But I guess I must be one of the few who has a job in the exact field I majored in. I’m an interior designer and have worked in this industry since I graduated.

  • I took fuuuullll advantage of all the jungle juice. Regretted it a little the next morning but not in the long run. Free drinks are the best drinks.

  • I’m in your same boat – I supervise 5 undergrad girls. A couple of them were talking about drinking and one isn’t 21 and she immediately looked at me after saying what drink she liked and goes “oh I mean I’ve heard it was good.” ugh! I’m only 25…. I still remember and I don’t judge you haha I think they all think I’m ancient

  • I’m in college & I love love love this! It’s good to hear what happens from someone who has gone through it. We have a big problem with our formal sorority meetings & girls thinking it’s acceptable to wear leggings as pants, like see-through shirt meets top of leggings pants, to a business casual meeting, it’s bad, I actually need to print that diagram out!!


  • That flow chart is amazing. I have some people I would like to gift it to anonymously.

  • I remember thinking I was in the prime of my life in college and that I would have these best friends for the rest of my life. I realized the other day that I have now been out of college longer than I was it! And so much has happened! College was not the peak of it all, so I wish I hadn’t been so stressed out at making sure it all went so perfectly. Also now that I have been out of college I realize that all the friends I put such a high priority on- well, I guess our friendship was based more on proximity because I’ve only stayed close with less than a handful of them. The ones I kept I really love though.

  • It’s so true that the three year age gap makes a huge difference. I guess once you graduate you are actually forced to grow up and get out into the real world.

  • Haha I TOTALLY agree with all of this. I’m a 25 year old chem grad student and there’s a 6-7 year age gap between me and my students. Not only is there a huge lifestyle gap, but there’s also a huge culture gap. They don’t know who Hanson is!!! M’Bop anyone? And I’m sick of seeing leggings as pants. If I can see your butt jiggle, you shouldn’t be wearing it…

  • I love everything about this. I went into college wanting to be a music producer, also ended up with a communications/advertising degree. No one cares what you studied. Unless you want to be a doctor, then you should probably know your shit. Leggings are not pants, cover your butt.

  • I love everything about this. I went into college wanting to be a music producer, also ended up with a communications/advertising degree. No one cares what you studied. Unless you want to be a doctor, then you should probably know your shit. Leggings are not pants, cover your butt.

  • This is so true. And so depressing now that I’m 25, haha. My husband’s Army friends (and my brother-in-law’s) apologize to me for swearing. I guess since I’m a woman I shouldn’t swear? Whoops.

  • LOVE this post. Everything you said is so true… and I wish I could’ve told my 20 year self all of that.

  • Cynthia

    OMG this list is SO accurate! I relate to every single one (on both sides)! I agree completely that your GPA doesn’t matter, I had one person ask me because I didn’t list it on my resume, and I told her my adjusted, she had no way to verify, what mattered was my experience. And being in a sorority definitely attributed to getting my first job 2 weeks out of college on my second interview ever!

  • This is SO true! I constantly am thinking of how much I’d love to go back to college. That was the life:) That chart is hilarious, and a must print:) Have a great weekend!

  • I wish I had this when I was in college! And from someone who lives in a college town… I want to shove this list in all of their faces.

  • College is definitely wasted on the young. At the ripe old age of 26, I’d love to do all my classes over again and actually go to them!

  • Oh this made me laugh. I finished up college as a 22-26 year old with a husband and baby. I was always fascinated by my colleagues. They were so ‘busy’ and ‘poor’. We can talk about poor when you’re buying diapers and formula homie. Also…the legging thing. THEY DO THAT IN MY OFFICE. Now I know I work in corporate retail and we’re technically a ‘creative’ field, but no. Just no. Not ever.

  • So many of the things you said are so true! I loved this post! Love your blog


  • This is the best post ever. I totally agree with all of this. Those girls aren’t poor! I ate ramen everyday for like 3 years lol

  • Ok didn’t do college I left school, went to Tafe doing receptionist stuff, left tried to find a job gave up and got married and became a mother instead………….lol

    I don’t get why some females think it is good to wear leggings as if they are normal pants, they should be worn under a skirt or with a long top

  • Rebecca

    Ah! So true! I never did the sorority thing, and most of my job connections end up being useless as my husband is in the Navy and I’m always reestablishing local connections… but still!

    Definitely didn’t end up in my field (Sociology). And… not even currently in my graduate degree’s field (Library and Information Science). I’m still holding out hope for that one though!

    Oh, and I love love LOVE that my job’s dress code says that you can’t wear leggings as pants (must be worn with a mid-thigh length top/dress!). It saves me from so many awkward conversations with my employees.

  • Great post! Husband works at a college; every time I visit him at work, I am amazed at how young his student seem. What a difference 4.5 years make! Wow, I feel super old now. I did not realize it had been that long. Damn…

  • I graduated 2 years ago, and I agree with most of this. Well said!

  • Dude! I enjoyed this so much! I laughed so hard my abs hurt now. Thanks to you, my ab exercise is done for the week. I sometimes regret I avoided frat houses like the plague. You just made it sound ever so rad to party it up with frat boys! Now I’m old. (not really) I now have the urge to show up at a frat party just to see what kind of looks I’l get. *crickets*

  • Really, honestly, loved this post. I’m a junior in college and I’m starting to enter the ‘holy crap – what exactly am I actually going to do with my life after college?!’ phase. Do I go to graduate school? Do I take the LSAT (even though I’m an art major with a business minor)? Do I just bite the bullet and hunt down that job so I can start repaying my student loans? It’s kind of depressing to start thinking about being a 9 to 5er.

    However, It’s really great to hear that you’re not limited to just your major and that achieving a good job outside of that is attainable! I thought I wanted to strictly be a graphic designer, but after delving further into my major and minor I’m realizing that I’m more fascinated by the more technical/business side of the creative field. My hairdresser reassured me recently, that “if you really want to work – you will find a job” and that was a good thing to hear.

    Also, I loved hearing that being in a sorority has helped you land your jobs! Being in a sorority has really helped me learn how to communicate and network so much (in addition to helping me log about a million volunteer hours). Since a lot of my friends and I will be turning 21 this year, we’ve been looking forward to hitting up the bars – but it’s a good reminder to make sure we keep visiting out beloved fraternity houses and fraternity man-friends.

    Loved this post so much!

  • Love the pants chart. There is about 30 people I want to read that because I am tired of looking at their bare butt.

  • love love LOVE this post. YES to all of the above. You are just a damn genius, Nadine.

    P.S. I REALLY need to pull my sorority girl card. For real.

    P.P.S. You haven’t lived if you haven’t had frat house jungle juice.

  • Steph

    I agree with so many of these!!! But GPA does matter to every job I have applied to! t’s crazy. A lot of places I have looked even say “minimum of 3.5 college GPA required” or something. I heard all through college that it doesn’t matte, yet every employer I have sat down with has asked my GPA first thing.
    Where is everyone applying!? I need to go there haha.

  • Haha I love the chart helping you to work out whether you have pants on or not! 😛

  • I think it depends on the career choice for your major and GPA. My husband went into computer engineering and when he was hired on at Walmart’s ISD they wanted his GPA before they approved him for his salary.

    I totally agree on living it up while you can though, those 4-6 years are going to be over before you know it. Another word of advice, don’t wrack up the debt and don’t think that making 40,000 a year your first year out of college means your rich.

    Also love the leggings chart!

  • This post thoroughly cracked me up. Especially the leggings web, and Summer as a Dr. Ha!

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  • Ridiculously accurate. And relieving! But there is nothing you can say that can make me put real pants on instead of leggings. Now, I just have to figure out if my roommates hate me or not…

    • I don’t even know what to say, this made things so much eaiesr!

  • I love everything about this post…couldn’t agree more with your list of 10 things. I was cracking up the whole time! All so true! Love your blog 🙂

  • First time visiting your blog, and this is SO funny and true! Love it!!!!

  • This posts has me on the floor laughing! As a college student, I relate to this.

  • Elizabeth

    I work at a private university. Number one is right on. NO, students, you are NOT poor. Driving Land Rovers and Infinities?? I have a Toyota Camry that I bought myself. The real world (without your parents – if they stop helicoptering you) is gonna eat your lunch. (No offense to other college kids who are working and paying their way through school. This is to the other half.)

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