College: It’s The Little Things That Matter

Library to yourself? Score.

Endless exams and papers, constant guy drama, grad school applications, a dwindling bank account…the day-to-day worries of our college years often weigh us down.  But too often, we stress about the big issues and totally forget about the little things that make our daily routines bearable…or even great!

1. A Cancelled Class
Your alarm goes off bright and early at 8 a.m. and you can barely open your eyes.  You angrily hit the snooze button, roll over in bed and start thinking about what to wear.  Then your mind runs through all the things you have to do today: 3 classes, gym, library, chapter meeting…ugh. You’d rather stay in bed. Then – BUZZ! – your phone vibrates and you wonder who the hell needs to talk to you this early. Lo and behold, it’s your study buddy letting you know that (gasp) CLASS IS CANCELLED! Your professor is sick/at a family function/whatever, and you can barely read the whole text before you reset your alarm, pull the covers back over your head and sleep for a few more (glorious!) hours.

2. Free Stuff!
Let’s face it, in this economy getting anything for free in college is right up there with Christmas and 21st birthdays. Free short stack day at IHOP, free condoms at Student Health, those Victoria’s Secret coupons for free panties that come in the mail, and (a personal favorite at my campus) free iced coffee day at Dunkin Donuts.  And then there’s all those campus club meetings and fundraisers where they give out free food, and sometimes on hot days, free water bottles! It may not seem like much, but it doesn’t get much better than a free, ice cold water bottle.

3. Dining Hall Specials
After a long and stressful day most people want to indulge in a quality meal, and well, that usually doesn’t happen at the d-hall.  But sometimes you’ll walk in to discover that they ARE offering something completely delish and suddenly the whole day gets better. At my school we have something called “Premium Dessert Night,” where we got to follow up our meager bowl of salad or mystery meat with a stunning array of desserts prepared by special chefs! Oreo cheesecake, tartufo ice cream….mmm! There was also one guy (Will) that made the most bangin’ omelets on Saturdays and Sundays.  These were the only two things that made me actually want to head to the dining hall rather than stay in my 2×4 excuse for a room eating peanut butter out of the jar.

4. Prime Spots at the Library
An open table near an outlet with 3 open seats for your friends? And it just so happens to be behind a giant wall of books that hide your snacking from the evil library staff?  Heaven.

5. No Wait Time for Laundry!
We head to the laundry room about once a week whenever we run out of underwear and usually find all the washers and dryers already in use.  Or the dryers have been off for 2 hours but no one has come down to claim their clothes and you’re forced to pull out some guys tighty-whiteys so you can put your stuff in. The college laundry experience is annoying at best, dangerous and violent at worst (my freshman year roommate has gotten in some serious altercations over moving someone else’s clothes!). But sometimes, (usually on a weekend morning when everyone else is hungover), you’ll enter the laundry room to find the machines available! And maybe, if you’re REALLY lucky, the machine will have a glitch and wash your stuff without eating your $2 worth of quarters.

6. Random Acts of Kindness
There’s nothing like waking up to find that my roommate has already brewed coffee and left extra for me.  Or coming home to a plate of freshly baked cookies. Having people compliment your outfit on the way to class, your roomie with the killer wardrobe letting you borrow her favorite dress, or finding out that the girl you sit next to in English signed you in on the attendance sheet that morning you were too hungover tired to make it to class.

It’s easy to get bogged down with all the BS that comes with college life, but there’s so much to appreciate! So appreciate it! Make sure to recognize the small victories that come your way and take advantage of ’em. From what I hear, things only get worse in the real world… and the free stuff isn’t nearly as abundant.



  1. nessa says:

    BEST ARTICLE EVER! I do LOVE all of these things!

    Keep these great article coming!

  2. Katie says:

    If there was a like button. I'd hit it twice. College is so stressful, and most people really do go through out there day not appreciating the little things. :)

  3. Kaitlyn says:


    My favorite little blessings?

    ~Free laundry this year in my dorm! Seriously, my friends and I who lived here last year practically screamed and celebrated that we didn't have to shell out 5 bucks to do two loads of laundry. The new students just didn't get it.

    ~Free food and drinks at my dorm's front desk. They always have something around there for us: little bottles of water, soda cans, rice krispies, brownies, cookies….something just to make our days a little bit brighter. ^.^

    I love the little things that most of us take for granted.

  4. bberg1010 says:

    Ummmm, story of my life! And girlfriend we go to the same school! During fall finals I kept saying 'Morris is my boyfriend' and I got all these panicked calls asking if I broke up with my actual boyfriend hahaha.

  5. Jessica- Delaware says:

    That's hilarious! I allllways refer to Hugh Morris as my boyfriend. We do spend a lot of time together :)

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  7. Erin says:

    Great article but one question… coupons for free panties from victoria secert.. How do I get that?

  8. Sarah says:

    Love how when I was reading this I saw Will and omelettes and premium dessert night and knew instantly that you were talking about delaware <3

  9. Casey says:

    Erin, you know how they ask for your phone number after every single transaction you make at Victorias Secret? Well that's not so they can sell your number to telemarketers like everyone thinks, it's so they can send you free shit in the mail! So give them your number! When I worked there and people would get mad at me for asking for their numbers I'd laugh at them for being so ignorant and hateful, and because they were screwing themselves out of free shit.

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