Things I Learned My Second Semester of College

Well, ladies and gents, I made it.  A full year of college under my belt.  Can you believe it?  It seems like just yesterday that I was moving in, meeting the two strangers I’d be sharing an uncomfortably small room with for the rest of the year, and saying good-bye to my parents.  But here I am.  My finals are done, I’m all packed up (correction: almost all packed up), and tomorrow I’ll be heading home with my family for the summer.  This year has gone by so fast, and although it’s had its ups and downs, I have loved (pretty much) every minute of it.  I’m so happy living on campus, studying music and Spanish, and having just about the best friends and roommates that a girl could ask for.  So, as a tribute to possibly one of the best years of my life, here are the things I learned my second semester of college:

  1. You are so much more efficient than you were first semester.  You’ve just figured out how to best use the little pockets of time that your schedule allows.
  2. It feels good to get back into a routine.
  3. Our problem solving skills suck.
  4. If you harass your friends until they tell you what kind of drunk person they think you’ll be (once you’re legal!), they’re going to tell you that you’ll be an angry drunk.
  5. “Be careful what you put in your mind; you’ll never, ever be able to get it out.” -Anonymous
  6. Time goes by so much faster than it did in high school.  You blink, and two weeks have gone by, and you can hardly remember what you did during them.
  7. I’ve gotten really good at dressing myself very quickly and still not looking like a complete and utter scrub.
  8. Sometimes you eat four meals in a day because you just stay up that late.
  9. Easy mac is life.
  10. Forty-seven minute naps?  Totally a thing.
  11. Cussing can be your rebellion.  If I want to say “damn it,” I’m going to say “damn it, “ damn it.
  12. It would take a lot to phase my best friends.
  13. I am no longer afraid to sing high notes!  YAY!
  14. You figure out which people you like to be friends with, and which ones you love to be friends with.  The difference?  Who you could live without and who you can’t.
  15. All technology decides it hates you on the same day.  Technology rebellion.
  16. Just because things don’t go your way, you have a bad week, doesn’t mean you’re being punished cosmically by God.
  17. Apparently, I snore.
  18. I have less shame sometimes than I probably should have.
  19. When you’re constantly comparing yourself to others, you miss how amazing you are.
  20. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” -Anonymous
  21. Compliments mean so much more when they come from someone who has no reason to lie to you.
  22. Target zone of maximum thinking capacity: wee hours of the night.
  23. Everyone should take a stress management course in college.
  24. The worst part about being a voice major is wanting to practice more at a given time than you physically should.
  25. College profs are so much cooler than high school teachers.
  26. I like making lists way more than I should.
  27. It’s no use worrying over that which you cannot control.
  28. I’m so much more productive when there’s no one else in the room to distract me.
  29. Never skip breakfast just because you’re tired.  It seems like a good idea for about ten minutes and then after that, it’s terrible.  You can’t control if you feel tired, you can (with difficulty) control being cranky, but you certainly can control if you’re hungry or not!  Don’t give hunger the power to be the third strike against you.
  30. Prioritize every day.  List out the things you have to do (A), should do (B), and could do with extra time (C).  Then number each of those items within their letter category (A, B, or C) in accordance with how important they are, making sure that you do them in that order.  You’ll find it’s so much easier to get things done, and you may even get more done than you normally would if you were just going at it willy-nilly!
  31. Three-word quips are my specialty (“Look, I’m Eponine!”  “Then… I smiled.”  and last, but certainly not least, “Out of context.”)  Am I wrong? 😉
  32. You know he’s your best friend when you can have entire text conversations-worth of fake “break-ups.”
  33. Sometimes it hits you all over again that you’re actually in college.
  34. If I were a vegetable, I’d slap my friends with fish too (this public service announcement brought to you by the Veggie Tales version of Jonah and the whale).
  35. Being biased in someone’s favor can be just as detrimental as being biased against them.
  36. February never ceases to be the busiest, and therefore, the worst, month of the year.
  37. Days feel like years, weeks feel like seconds.
  38. One of the best compliments is when a native Spanish speaker tells you that you haven’t committed any speaking errors when speaking with them and that your accent is really good.
  39. “Water is the most commonly abused substance in the world.” -C. Walker
  40. There’s nothing better than realizing you’ve figured out how to ace a hard-a** prof’s class.
  41. “Perfection is the enemy of good.” -Professor Row-Heyveld
  42. You can only compare yourself to you, not to anyone else. -Andrew Botz
  43. You know you’re Italian when you see a giant statue of a man and immediately think of the David statue where he’s showing everyone his balls.
  44. You can do whatever you want and not have to ask permission!  Like, you can stop in the Dells for a few hours on your way home just because you want to, and you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission!
  45. You never know when something will connect to your life. -Christy, parisoner at my aunt’s parish
  46. One of the best things about growing up is being able to spoil your younger siblings and surprise your grandparents.
  47. If he could be but doesn’t have to be, then he isn’t the one.
  48. Just because they’re “family,” doesn’t mean they’re family. -Jackie Cook
  49. If you have big enough boobs and your underwire pops out of your bra and stabs you in the armpit, you can stuff your bra with something to prevent that and no one will even notice the difference.
  50. When you grow older and move away from home, the places that you come back to will be the ones where you felt comfortable, safe, and loved. -Jackie Cook
  51. Quarters are life.
  52. Power-showers: when your hair is greasy and you have class in fifteen minutes.
  53. There’s always that one song that comes on in the car whenever you’re road-tripping between home and college.
  54. There’s nothing better than the happy feeling you get when you look up and your crush is already smiling at you.
  55. Auditions, job interviews, etc.: Sometimes it has nothing to do with who is the best at what they do, but who is the best fit for the position open.
  56. You know you’re in college when you’re like, “Dang!  That cereal hits the spot!”
  57. “The mirror is my reality, and sometimes I don’t want to see what’s in it.” -Crystal on Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
  58. People fill certain niches in your life.  The new people you become friends with in college have certain resemblances to the people you were friends with in high school; they fill those niches that were vacated when you graduated.
  59. In addition to watching Jenna Marbles in all of the spare time you don’t have, watch “Superwoman.”  She is equally as hilarious and blunt.  A great combo.
  60. The more times you go home, the more you realize that you can’t ever really go back. -Dr. Jennaya Robison
  61. Humility is knowing where you stand in the big picture. -Prof. Lindsey Row-Heyveld
  62. There is such thing as a false parallel.  It often happens when attempting to compare your past with your present.
  63. The important thing is who you are today and who you’re going to be tomorrow, not who you were yesterday; and that goes for everyone you meet.
  64. I must not be that good at singing; no one came to me while I was naked to ask me to be part of their singing sorority (Just kidding!  But what movie am I referencing?! ;))
  65. The only thing worse than a boy you hate is a boy you love. -The Book Thief
  66. I am not the same person that I was in high school.
  67. Healthy bodies come in all sizes. -Fit & Well
  68. Writing papers is a process, not a product. -Prof. Lindsey Row-Heyveld
  69. Adaptability is key; even being able to change your schedule slightly at a moment’s notice is so helpful.  Be flexible.
  70. Half of college is only as good as your B.S.
  71. You need to make mistakes sometimes; it keeps you humble.
  72. Never take your awesome roommates for granted.  Not everyone was as lucky as you.
  73. The ultimate lesson is self-structuring. -Prof. Lindsey Row-Heyveld
  74. I am Ellie Bishop from NCIS.
  75. You could have the most stunning audition, but if you look like the ex-wife of the opera director, you can be sure that you’re not getting the role. -Dr. Andrew Whitfield
  76. If you look for cliches, you’re sure to find them. -ABC Family’s Switched at Birth
  77. You know you’re doing college right when you get completely addicted to Friends, and you and your friends are “dead ringers” for all of the characters.
  78. Sometimes you just have to have a good cry.
  79. Don’t freak out when you see something outside of the norm. -Dr. Engelsdorfer
  80. Just because he asks you if you have some bleach he can use doesn’t mean he thinks you of his on-campus mom.
  81. The people in your present are not the people from your past no matter how similar they may seem.
  82. Love is inconvenient.
  83. All good things, everything worth living for, faith, hope and love do not end at the edge of our comfort zones, but rather, they begin there.
  84. “Too many people undervalue what they are and overvalue what they are not.” -Anonymous
  85. Hold onto the people who love you for who you are and treat you right because not everybody will.
  86. College completely screws over any sense of normal eating and sleeping schedule.
  87. Know who you are as a learner and employ study strategies that best fit you to maximize success.
  88. It’s one thing to know that someone you love has skeletons in his closet.  It’s another to watch him take them out.
  89. If you have a long enough break during the day to do your laundry, do it then!  Avoid rush times like weeknights or during the day on weekends.  You won’t have to take a number to use the washer and dryer, and you’ll avoid that one guy who always leaves his stuff in there for twenty minutes after it’s finished, too.
  90. Your body changes during the day.  You’ll look thinner at some points compared to others.  It’s okay.
  91. You’re bound to get your period when you want to wear that one dress that you just can’t afford to look bloated in.
  92. Your first year of college is the fastest year of your life to date.
  93. You never know when you’ll put skills you learned in class (e.g. rock climbing) to practical use.
  94. It doesn’t matter whether or not they understand.  What matters is if they try.
  95. People don’t tell you they love you; they show you.
  96. You will experience a lot of emotions.  Sometimes all at once.  Accept them, because they all, the good and the bad, are all fleeting.
  97. Assertion and aggression are fraternal twins that frequently get misconstrued.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be assertive because it’s “aggressive”; good assertion isn’t aggressive.  And women have as much of a right to assertion as men do.
  98. Do not be afraid of forgetting, unless you forget to live.
  99. This was a year of your life that you’ll never get back.  Treasure it.



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