When you're carefully scheduling classes that don't start before 10 am (and never meet on Fridays), figuring out the cheapest way to get to Whistler for winter break, and trying to DTR (define the relationship) with your love interest, you can forget what college is really about: preparing you for the real world.
Luckily, there are lessons your brain and body are picking up even if you're oblivious to them. Case in point: Going to class in pajamas probably seemed like a good idea when you left your room, but there's something just a little too weird about it. You can check this site to get more information about it.
If you're one of the many scholars who took out student loans to pay for college, you're already getting a lesson. There's no guarantee you'll get a good-paying job (or any job at all) after graduation. Figure out how much your loans are, what the expected interest rate will be, and what the real monthly payments and total interest paid will be.
Here are six additional ways college is prepping you for the real world without your even knowing it.
1. You can't eat anything you want
When you're between the ages of 18-22, your metabolism might still be in pretty good shape. And chances are, those junk food binges, experiments with beer bongs and generally unhealthy lifestyle of a college student are not doing your body any favors.
Forget the Freshman 15; there's such a thing as the College 60. You're still young enough to snap back into shape, so take advantage of those PE classes while you can.
2. You get what you put into it
Somebody's paying for those costly college classes (probably you), so make the most of them. Don't skip, don't do the bare minimum, and put your heart into it. It will pay off not just in grades, but in knowledge. That's a lesson many employees don't seem to grasp in the workplace.
3. You're on your own
Maybe Mom or Dad will still bail you out (literally or metaphorically) at this stage in your life, but for the most part, you're on your own. You still have a crutch on campus, so use it to transition into a fully independent adult.
There's no one waking you up for class, making sure you get enough sleep or doing the grocery shopping for you. And there won't be ever again (well, until you make it to the retirement home).
4. Frugality rocks
If you're not a trust fund baby, but you're even remotely responsible for your student loans, you've probably figured out that boutique pomegranate hummus and organic flax chips from Whole Foods that your parents used to serve doesn't come cheap.
However, there are ways to be frugal, from clothes to food. College forces you to experiment and learn how to save.
5. If you can't hack it as single here …
Never again will you be surrounded by so many single love interests who are at least ambitious enough to get an education, good looking, in shape, and have somewhat similar interests to yours. That doesn't mean you need to go to college to get a Mrs. (or a Mr.). Start enjoying singledom, because college is the best place to do it. Just be smart and careful about it.
6. Your body isn't what it used to be
Ergonomics, isn't that an elective course? You're moving into your 20s, and your body is going to start showing signs of age. Start taking care of it now. Ask for a Healthy Back Aeron Chair for Christmas, start doing yoga, and throw a few veggies into your diet.
A healthy body demands a sturdy foundation is starting as young an age as possible.