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10 Things You Couldn’t Do in High School That Everyone Does in College

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCF chapter.

1. Going out and partying on school night

It is true, and universally acknowledged, that a college student in possession of a group of friends will want to go out and have a good time, no matter what the day of the week. With ladies’ night on Tuesdays, liquor pitcher Wednesdays and thirsty Thursdays, every night is a party night (but only if you are 21 of course). 

2. Eating alone

It’s not weird, and nobody is going to think that you are socially awkward if you eat alone. Everyone does it in college because everyone has different schedules. 

3. Showing your intellectual side

In high school, people may have made fun of you for actually liking the assigned reading or enjoying your math homework. That’s not the reality in college. We are here because we are passionate about our education and want to enrich our minds and learn useful information that we can apply to our future jobs. 

4. Telling everybody how broke you are 

In high school, people didn’t really discuss their personal financial struggles because most of us still lived with our parents. Now that we are in college, the harsh reality of the world has set in and we are realizing that things are SO EXPENSIVE. You will frequently hear people talking about how broke they are, or about how they are contemplating donating their plasma. 

5. Not wearing makeup 

In high school, I would wake up every morning to just straighten my hair and put on makeup. Not anymore! Nobody cares if you wear makeup or not in college. If you have a 9 a.m. class, then people should just be lucky that you are wearing pants, let alone a full face of makeup. 

6. Repeating outfits 

In high school, if you wore the same outfit twice in one week, then people might have judged you. Not in college! You rarely see the same people every day and probably have a class once or twice a week, so you can feel free to repeat your outfits (as long as they are clean).  

7. Eating unhealthy food 

In high school, your parents were there to make sure that you ate some vegetables and fruit every once in a while. That’s not the case in college. You can eat nothing but Domino’s and Ramen all four years if you want. 

8. Only knowing one person in your class 

In high school, you never had a class that had more than thirty people, and you probably knew all of them in some way. In college, some classes can have up to 500 people and are in huge lecture halls. Usually you just sit next to a random person on the first day and hope that you can become study buddies.

9. Spending days studying for tests 

Studying in high school and studying in college are two totally different things. Usually in college one test is worth 10-30 percent of your entire grade. Before a big test, you usually hole yourself up in your room to study and don’t come out for a few days.  

10. Telling people that you have no idea what you want to do with your life 

Senior year of high school you probably had your life all planned out, and knew what colleges you were going to apply to. When you actually get to college though, you have no idea what your future will hold. All you know is that you have to get a job of some kind once you graduate. 



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Jillian James is a senior at the University of Central Florida. She is majoring in Writing and Rhetoric and minoring in Mass Communication (because apparently you can’t minor in Beyoncé studies). Her favorite food is free because she is a college student and the two loves of her life are Ben and Jerry (of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream fame). If she’s not writing or reading she is probably watching The Office or waiting in line at Starbucks. She loves to show off her dance moves in “inappropriate” places like the grocery store. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Jillianrosej, where she frequently posts things that make people think that she has her life together. 
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