College: It’s The Little Things That Matter
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.