Things I’ve Learned in College (part 1)


My time as an undergrad is rapidly nearing its end… yikes! In the spirit of the insane things that have happened the last 4 years, I thought I’d start a list of the good (and not so good) things I’ve learned… within reason, of course 🙂

  • Pick a school you love. If you don’t love it, transfer! It’s your home for the next four years.

Oski! Go Bears!

  • Living on your own is great, except for having to cook, clean, do laundry, and pay bills on your own
  • PGE requires an ungodly deposit every time you open an account at a new residence
  • Comcast will make you want to hurt someone. Repeatedly. Particularly when you find out how expensive they are!
  • Ramen noodles are God’s gift to college students.
  • Rainboots are a necessity in NorCal.
  • Hella is not, contrary to popular belief, a word!
  • Ikea is amazing. The end.
  • Target is almost as amazing as Ikea.
  • Cooking for yourself means lots of leftovers.

We had LOTS of leftovers from making gingerbread houses!

  • Parallel parking (on the right side of the street) isn’t SO awful in a Corolla. With a bigger car and/or on the left side of the street… all bets are off.
  • The city of Berkeley’s meter maids are pure evil.
  • Job hunting sucks.
  • Resume and cover letter writing suck as well.
  • Sadly, the above 2 are necessary evils!
  • Facebook is the best procrastination tool, second only to Chatroulette (or Stumbleupon)
  • If you don’t remember what you did last night, go on Facebook. There will be pictures.

Embarrassing pictures like this...

  • If you don’t remember what you did last night, check your sent text messages.
  • Being under the influence + any form of social media (or phone) = bad news.
  • Bring toilet paper in your purse to bars and frats.
  • Wear flip flops if walking to your destination, put your heels on right before you enter. Your feet will thank you.
  • Ants are indestructible. And they keep coming back. Ant tins are good though!
  • If you’re nerdy, be nerdy. It’s ok. You’ll find people who love you for it.
  • Game Days are amazing and one of the few things in college that I will truly miss.

Emerald Bowl, 2008!

  • Common sense is, sadly, not so common.
  • Make friends if you know you’ll be moving, because moving solo is awful (particularly when there’s furniture moving involved!)
  • Living with roommates off of Craigslist can be great (love you, Robin!) or the worst experience ever… it’s definitely hit or miss.
  • Adopting a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
  • Join clubs and groups early. Network early and often. It’ll pay off.

Rally Comm... my life for freshman year!

  • Get to know your professors in office hours. Don’t be scared of them, they’re people too! (Just very smart people, is all…)
  • Always spellcheck papers before turning them in.
  • If you ever want to work for Facebook, consider never going out/doing embarrassing things that will be preserved on film. Despite your profile settings, Facebook can still see them!
  • Tutoring athletes is trying, but can be very very rewarding. I suppose that goes for all kinds of tutoring.
  • Take classes you enjoy, even if it means you have to do your requirements during the summer. Give yourself time to experiment before locking into a major. Otherwise, you’ll start with one (English), add a second (Linguistics), then drop the second and add a third your senior year (American Studies)!
  • Having a car is a blessing if you can afford it… it makes grocery shopping, laundry, and Target/Ikea runs so much easier.
  • Not having internet is not an option.
  • Yelp is a great resource, as is Craigslist.
  • College boys are silly. I’ve decided that dating in college is largely a wash.
  • People in general can be silly. It’s important to surround yourself with good people who will add to your life, not detract from it.
  • Getting sick– especially serious things, like gallstones– can be really tough when you’re away from home.
  • Blogs, LinkedIn, and Twitter are awesome for creating networks of people outside of school, especially if you ever go to meetups/conferences or move somewhere you’ve been talking to people!
  • Online dating is… interesting. Very hit or miss, mostly miss. There are some weiiiird people out there!
  • It’s ok to be a tourist in your own town. You discover things you pass by during your day-to-day routines.

become a tourist... you'll see things like this!

  • In the real world, you can’t wear sweats in public!
  • Showering/grooming/putting on makeup is not overrated (this is a particularly Berkeley thing)
  • Take advantage of free trips and events. Going on the Birthright trip to Israel was absolutely amazing.

Jerusalem, Summer 2008

  • If time/your major permits it, study abroad!
  • Be nice to people in your classes. You might meet some of your best friends that way!

And remember, always wear sunscreen 🙂

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