Important Shit I Learned in College

College wasn’t at all what I expected. I didn’t know exactly what I was expecting when I first went off to college but I feel like I had a preconceived idea of what it was supposed to be like from all of the movies I’ve watched throughout high school that included some sort of college atmosphere to them. So yeah, college wasn’t what I expected but it’s okay because I had a great freakin’ time, I met some awesome people, and I learned a lot about myself.

Important Shit I Learned in College

1. It’s not the end of the world when you fail a class

My junior year I failed not one, but two college courses. I was horrified, embarrassed, and cried a lot. I got all A’s and B’s in high school, I had never failed a class before, and now I have officially failed two college courses. How did this happen? When I told my parents that I failed two classes, my dad was very understanding (which I was expecting him to strangle me) and my mum was the mad one. My dad explained to me that it’s ok to fail a class during college and that it’s not the end of the world and that we would figure out what to do.

After speaking with my parents and my advisor, I figured out a plan and instantly felt ten times better about everything. If you’re wondering – I made up the two classes the following semester then took two summer courses to make up for the classes I missed out on taking during the semester. Sure, this wasn’t something I planned on happening but it made me realize that I had to get my shit together, which I have since this little bump in the road and you know – everything is a-okay and I’m still graduating on time.

2. Crying over boys is a waste of time

A little background information: I dated a boy my freshman year of college, it ended terribly, and I told myself I would never date another guy until after I graduated college.

A couple weekends ago, I cried over a boy. Halfway through my sob fest, I started laughing hysterically and questioned myself why I was crying. I rarely ever cry over real-life situations. Yes, I cry when I watch cute puppy videos and when I watch those cheesy Hallmark movies (which I love, by the way), but I don’t cry over real-life matters very often. I’m sure you can only imagine that I was upset with myself for wasting my tears on a boy.

The important thing to remember about not wasting tears over boys is that in college 95% of guys are assholes. All they want to do is drink, have sex with random girls, and be complete idiots. Why waste your time on an asshole when college gives you endless opportunities to figure out who you are, what you want to do with your life, and who your true friends are?

3. You don’t need to be best friends with your roommate(s)

When I first left for college freshman year, I had this idea in my mind that I was going to become best friends with my roommates. I thought we would do everything together – binge watch movies, do our nails together, you know all that girly shit. We were all really friendly but I wanted to go off and do my own thing and meet other people, which was completely fine.

Considering all of the different living arrangements I’ve had, living on campus and off campus, I’ve had a total of eleven roommates. I’ve honestly never really thought about how many before so now I’m like “holy shit.” Anyways, the first time I got in an argument with any of my roommates I remember talking to my parents about it and what they said to me was genius. You don’t need to be best friends with your roommates, Rachel, you just need to get along with them enough to live together. Um, why didn’t I look at it like this before? Now, considering how many roommates I’ve had and with only three weeks left of school, I can tell you that I am only friends with one of them. I’m hard to live with – I’m up tight, I’m a clean freak, and I’m set in my ways. Whatever. Just remember (especially when you’re fighting with your roommates), you don’t need to be best friends with your roommate(s).

Related Post: 10 Types of Roommates Everyone Has in Their Twenties

4. You can never have too many sports bras or leggings

I have always stressed that you should always get dressed for class. You never know who you’re going to meet/see and if you wear leggings too often, you’re not going to realize how much weight you’re gaining (I’m super guilty of this). But now that I’m a month away from graduation, all I live in is leggings and sports bras. Who wants to wear real pants and a real bra to class? Not me. Ok so maybe I wear jeans to class more often than not, but it’s good to have a good leggings collection.

I’ve also had a huge sneaker obsession lately and there’s nothing that will make you feel more like a college student than wearing leggings, sports bras, and sneakers 24/7. You know what else is good about leggings? When you run out of leggings, you know it’s time to do laundry.

5. Finding a skin care routine for your skin is very important

I never had a skincare routine when I was in high school, I just took off my makeup, washed my face, and headed to bed. I realized this little “routine” of mine was not going to cut it in college. Between all the late nights, stressful assignments, binge drinking, and crappy college budget food, your skin is going to hate you. By taking into consideration my academic work and what my weekends would look like, I was able to find a skincare routine that worked for me and now I know when my breakouts are going to be and roughly how long they will last, which allows me to find the best possible way to fix issues.

Related Post: Nightly Skin Care Routine with Georgia May Skincare

A little part of me is sad to say goodbye to college in a few short weeks, but another part of me is very excited to start the next chapter of my life. It’ll be exciting to see where I’ll be working, where I’ll be living, and what lessons I’ll learn along the way.

What important things did you learn during your college years? #college



    • April 25, 2016 / 3:47 PM

      YES! Save those tears for cute puppies!

  1. April 20, 2016 / 11:33 AM

    Hi Rachel,
    Wow, you have certainly learned a lot from going to college! Love the “don’t have to be friends with your roommates”, most college think you do, and that is just not the case 🙂 Thanks for sharing what you learned in college, great list!

  2. April 20, 2016 / 2:26 PM

    #3 … I was like you. I had so many college roommates and about half way through college I realized I could make my own friends and not try so hard with them. You’re not going to click with everyone!

  3. April 20, 2016 / 3:47 PM

    What an absolutely brilliant post. I’m proud to call you my gal pal and blog wife! This post made my day. I’ve been struggling with trying to be a perfectionist in all my classes and my relationships – some things you just have to let be! It’s definitely not the end of the world.


    • April 25, 2016 / 3:46 PM

      Aw thanks Cristina!!!!!!!!!

  4. April 20, 2016 / 5:33 PM

    SKIN CARE! Still battling acne, but hopefully someday I’ll get there 🙂 Great post by the way, I loved it!

    • April 25, 2016 / 3:46 PM

      I am totally with you on that! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  5. April 20, 2016 / 6:14 PM

    I love this. My tip: The degree you go into college studying, you probably won’t end up graduating with – I went in expecting to walk out with a double major in Musical Theater and Accounting (a dancing accountant? who knows…) and walked out with a Supply Chain MGMT degree. I am now a Technical Recruiter by day and Blogger by night… aka never stress about college! 🙂

    • April 25, 2016 / 3:45 PM

      I totally agree! I first applied to college for nursing but am graduating with a Bachelors in Liberal Studies! Who knew…

  6. April 23, 2016 / 3:59 PM

    What a funny post!:) Being friends with roommates is always an issue:))


  7. May 3, 2016 / 5:53 PM

    I don’t think I’ve stayed in contact with any of my college roommates. It’s so strange to think that, for four years, we lived with people that we just tolerated enough to live with, even though living with someone is a huge deal!

    • May 16, 2016 / 12:26 PM

      RIGHT! I didn’t even say bye to my roommate!

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