Friday, October 14, 2011

Do You Miss College?

I’ve been thinking a lot about college lately.  Maybe it’s the 4 seasons of Felicity, or maybe it’s the conversation I had with Zach, but college has been on my mind.  I distinctly remember being in college and having people tell me “These are the best 4 years of your life.”  Multiple people made this statement, and every time I was like, “THIS is the best it’s gonna get?”  In truth, it’s probably best never to examine how awesome a moment is, in the moment, because no matter how many exclamations of excitement you have, you have to wonder how much of that has to do with the adult beverage in your hand. 

Either way, my reminiscing has been of a mixed variety.  I was going to ignore the whole memory lane but then I thought, Hey! I could make it into a list and lists are totally fun!

Things I Miss About College

1.       Every single day is a sleep over, but you don’t have to worry about someone putting your underwear in the freezer (the freezer is too small, and that’s where we keep the Jaeger.)

2.       Your day started at 11 and usually ended by 5… and that included walking to class, work, and possibly stopping for lunch.  Plus, my biggest responsibility was writing a 20 page paper (and you know how hard it is for me to write…)

3.       Every time you drank it felt like a special occasion because you’re totally getting away with drinking – or it’s super cheap, which is equally as awesome.  Dollar Long Island Iced Teas? Don’t mind if I do. 

4.       Friends: one month equated to a lifetime of shared moments and there was an unshakable certainty that you would be Best Friends Forever (in my case, a year before BFF was even a term.  Actually, who’s to say I didn’t come up with that?)   

5.       From day one, you reinvent yourself.  For four years, you are a new person.  (#1 reason to keep those college bff’s btw is because they are the only people who ever really knew that person, and ya know, she was a good time.)

6.       Unlike other milestones, my experience in college, was so obviously unique and no one outside of my circle of friends had any idea what I was going through, how awesome it was, or what it was like to be me. 

7.       Which brings me to the sheer self-centered nature of the college student, and how comically blissful those numbered days were.  I loved dedicating 4 years to learning, growing, making memories.  And I sure did love being my number one priority. 

8.       Breaks.  Not because I loved not being in school, but I adored the fact that when I left school, so did everyone else, so I knew I wasn’t missing anything.  I hate missing things. Plus, it’s not like when you go on vacation now, when you’re on a break, it’s a break from every worry, every responsibility (even when those “responsibilities” were on a slightly different scale than now. 

9.       Living next door to Mad Mex, above CVS, and being able to walk everywhere (as long as it wasn’t too cold, because then, obviously I complained furiously.)

10.   Winnebago Weekends, Football games, the Creamery and maybe most importantly… Friends was still on TV.

Things I’m Glad I left in State College.

1.       Public bathrooms/showers (except for that one Winnebago weekend when we all sang together in the shower.  That was kinda awesome.)

2.       Throwing up to get the poison out. 

3.       College me.  If you think I’m an emotional wreck now, you should have seen me then.  Yelling, Crying, Pouty.  Not a good look on me in retrospect.

4.       Sorostitute Evening Wear.

5.       Being hopelessly and pathetically in love, the terrible, unrequited kind. 

6.       Natty Ice

7.       The smell of cows.

8.       Easy Mac

9.       Caring about Football (Sorry Frita.)

10.  Rape Whistle (Seriously, I have no idea what I did with that thing.)

Welp.  That’s not how I thought that was going to go.   Not to be overly serious or honest (heaven forbid) but beyond a good education and a wicked good time with fantastic friends, I don’t know if I really like the person I was in college.  Evivova is all about reflecting about age and where we are in life and if this is what we were expecting.  I love that about her when I’m loving life, I hate that about her when I’m not feeling up to par.  Earlier this week I brought this very subject up and she said, “Do you miss college? Because, I don’t really.”  I thought that I would, but I guess I really don’t.  I don’t even wear blue and white on Saturday’s anymore (maybe that’s why Penn State isn’t as good as it once was. :P)  Then, get this, she told me I was an adult now.

Hey now, Lady.  Let’s not go nuts. 

And then she sent me a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumble Squares. Reflections Terminated. 

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