The pros and cons of a college students life

College has its advantages and disadvantages, but you won’t discover most of them until you actually get here. So here I am, being a kind soul and passing on a bitta wisdom that I’ve learned (so far) from my college experience to try help people understand what they’re really getting themselves into.

PROS

  • Meeting new people: you get to come to college, clean slate and meet some other cool college kids. The best part about meeting all the new folk in college is reusing old jokes and stories your current friends are sick of hearing.
  • Freedom: No more uniform, no more teachers telling you what to do and when to do it for, no more being forced to go to classes. You get to decide what you do and when you do it (you can even go out on a Monday night if you wish it… I think for a lot of students this becomes a necessity mainly to help them cope with the rest of the week)
  • Bragging rights: You never have to do a Leaving Cert again.
  • New house, new family…of sorts: You get a break from the constant nagging to empty the dishwasher and from the younger siblings ridiculous arguments. Suuure, you might get unlucky and end up living with people worse than your family (almost seems unfathomable, I know) but at least no one’s judging you for not getting out of bed at 2 in the day.

CONS

  • Meeting new people: You have to start off with the whole “hi, how are you, where are you from, what are you studying” kind of conversations, and let’s face it, no one cares about that stuff. Everyone wants to get straight to the over emotional, weirdly deep 3am chats. And then you have to consistently question whether you’ve reached the point in the friendship where you’re allowed to insult one another and just be a weirdo without judgement. And you’ll miss your old friends. A lot.
  • Freedom: You might think teachers are a pain by constantly telling you to have an essay done for a certain day, or for nagging about your study, but when you show up to college and no one is telling you what to have done and when to have it done by, nothing is done. And sure, that sounds like a great life but come exam time, you’re going to question when you ever had to study certain topics and hate yourself for not keeping track of your work. And the no uniform thing is a bit of hassle too when you don’t know whether or not people are going to judge you for wearing the same shirt 2 days in a row.
  • No Mammy: Once you start being the person who gets you out of bed every morning and making your own food, you’ll appreciate your mother ten times more (you’ll just never tell her that). And you might think living away from home is going to be brilliant, but let me tell you, homesickness is the worst when it strikes. There’s nothing I miss more when I’m sitting in my college room than the regular 9 o clock argument with my dad over what film we should put on. Appreciate those stupid little things while you can cause college is lonely as fuck sometimes.
  • Money: Haha. Good luck with this aspect of college life.
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A 9am lecture thought process

  • Good God, I think I’m going to die, only Satan himself could come up with something as cruel as a 9am lecture
  • Better not sit too close to the front, don’t want to draw attention to myself
  • Don’t wanna sit too far back either, my hearing isn’t great
  • Ah yes, middle of the lecture hall, perfect
  • Ok, concentrate, this is important
  • Wait, did I even bring a pen for this?
  • Oops
  • Ah sure, I’ll catch up…maybe
  • Hahaha look at the lecturer struggling with technology
  • Oh hello hot person 2 rows in front of me
  • Oh my god, will the person behind me please stop kicking my chair
  • Why did I come to college, I’m losing valuable sleep time
  • I’ll just rest my eyes for 2 minutes, that’s all
  • No oh god, wake up, Mammy isn’t paying thousands of euros for me to come here and sleep
  • I have no idea what this lecturer is talking about
  • Why are they saying this was discussed in the last lecture
  • No it wasn’t
  • Wait was I even at the last lecture?
  • Why is everyone writing, what are you all writing?!
  • I better go home and revise this myself, I need to understand it
  • Hahaha I’m not going to revise this myself
  • This probably isn’t that important, I don’t need to take it down
  • Oh my God, there’s so many split ends in my hair
  • P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
  • Why is that song stuck in my head?
  • I don’t even like that song
  • Focus!
  • I don’t need to take that down, I’ll remember it
  • Wait, what did they say again?
  • Did I really give up sleep for this?
  • Oh look, people are leaving early, maybe I should go too
  • No, too many people have left, this lecturer will say something to me if I get up to go now, better not chance it
  • So. Hungry.
  • Last 5 minutes? Better start putting my stuff away
  • Get me out of here
  • Oh my god, stop talkiiiiiing
  • FREEEEEDOMMMMMM
  • I think I might have known more coming into that lecture than I did leaving it
  • I’ll try harder to concentrate next time…maybe

A survival guide (of sorts) to Portlaoise

  1. The style:
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  2. The ‘I have no money but I want new clothes so I’ll find something really cheap to satisfy my needs’ shop. Image
  3. And that’s all well and good until they do something like THIS.
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  4. The ‘I have about forty euro so I’ll spend it all on one t-shirt I could probably find in Penneys for much less’ shop.
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  5. That one shop everyone forgets exists when Tesco and Dunnes don’t have what they need.
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  6. That one shop that always has the really weird display in the window and yet you’re still curious about it.
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  7. The ‘if all other shops fail me’ shop.
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  8. The cosiest of all cosy cafés.
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  9. The café you know is ridiculously overpriced but you just can’t help yourself.
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  10. The alley that you only ever venture down if you’re a brave soul.
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  11. The youth meet-up point.
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  12. One of the few redeeming qualities: our free zoo (well…kind of)
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