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The 17 Most Important Things You Learn in College

It’s no secret that college is a time of self-discovery. You choose your major and your friends (both of which may or may not stick with you for the rest of your life), learn how to live far from home and make amazing memories the whole time. Here are the absolute most important things you learn during your undergraduate years.

1. The worst phrase you will ever see written on a syllabus is “group project.”

2. There will be days when anything and everything sounds more appealing than going to class.

3. If he texts you after 2 a.m. and never before, don’t respond.

4. If there is free food at an event, you should probably go.

5. If necessary, it is entirely possible to survive solely on coffee and ramen.

6. Studying abroad is everything it’s cracked up to be.

7. Naps are as important as eating. Maybe more important. 

8. Writing a 10-page paper in less than two hours is possible, and you will do it at least once in your college career.


9.  Literally anything can be made into a drinking game.

10. Cereal is an acceptable meal at any time of the day.

11. “Exclusively hooking up” ≠ Dating

12. Sometimes fashion has to be sacrificed in favor of comfort. 

13. Your parents are legitimately the greatest humans to ever walk the face of the earth.

14. Getting mail is the greatest thing ever.

15. The only thing better than birthdays are canceled classes.

16. If you’re doing it right, you can leave your dorm at 8:57 a.m. for a 9 a.m. class.

17. A date with Netflix usually beats an actual date.

These things you learn in your four years of college will carry you far in the real world, trust us!

Maddie is a senior at Boston College, where she spends her days fawning over literature and Art History textbooks. She was previously an editorial intern at Her Campus, and is now a HC contributing writer and blogger. Follow her on twitter @madschmitz for a collection of vaguely amusing tweets.