Friday, December 4, 2015

JanesList: 4 Observations About College

Since I am going back to school - and I am a teacher with students who are planning their futures in my presence as well as seeking advice - I started contemplating some observations I’d made over the years about the general college experience.

And, naturally, I thought I’d share with you Janes. :)

Here are the 4 most interesting observations I've made about college:

1. College is not for everyone. And that’s okay! I’ve seen a number of friends start college and struggle to get through - not because they weren’t smart, or because they couldn’t do the work. They just had no specific goal. Or no motivation. A number of them have gone on to maintain steady, well-paying and satisfying jobs - which has led to long-term careers in some cases. And I am proud to call them friend. 

2. The “MRS” degree is actually a thing. I didn’t believe this initially. Who would spend this incredible amount of money to go to college just so they could find a husband? But I saw it, first-hand, my freshman year of college. It blew my mind - and still does. But, to each their own, I guess. 

3. The Freshman 15: Apparently, also a thing. I genuinely thought - despite everyone telling me otherwise - that there would be no way I would gain 15 pounds in my freshman year. I may have done just that. #awkward #sad

4. Wearing athletic clothes or pajamas to class may not actually be popular on campus. I was so stoked to not have to impress anyone with my clothes when I got to college. Imagine my disappointment then, when I showed up to class my first day and everyone was dressed nicely. Now, this could be because I attended a private school, but, after that, I made sure to always wear at least jeans and a t-shirt. I got too many awkward looks, stares, and questions otherwise. No being lazy and standing out in that way for me! 

There you have it, Janes! Nothing major or mind-blowing, but I thought them interesting, nonetheless. What about you guys? Agree? Disagree? Any of your own? Share in the comments!

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