Ten Things I’ll Miss Most About College

March 20, 2008 at 3:49 pm 8 comments


Before I start I just want to introduce myself, my name is Mia Madison.  I’m a new contributing writer for this blog.  I hope you enjoy it!

Today marks just about the two month stretch…until graduation.  I have vague memories of my dad calling me an “ostrich” when I was younger, and now I know why. According to a very reliable source(*cough*wikipedia*cough*) “When threatened, the Ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away.”  I’ll admit graduating does threaten me; actually it kind of scares the hell out of me.  What am I doing with my life? Where am I going? Will I stay in touch with everyone that I want to? Where have the best four years of my life gone? I want them back. 

Rather than drown in sorrow, I decided to turn this situation around by reminiscing about all the good times I had in college.  I’ve put together a list of the top ten things that I will miss most about college (in no specific order):

1. Theme Parties: Ridiculousfest. CEOs and Office Hoes. Halloween. Anything but Clothes. College always seems to come up with a way to celebrate almost anything for no particular reason.  When you enter the workforce you have your little office parties, its not like when you leave college, you’ll never go to a real party again.  I just highly doubt that it would be socially acceptable to emerge from your cubicle ready to party in a dress made of caution tape.  Bummer.

2. Ray Café: If you don’t go to PC, Ray is our school cafeteria and knock it if you want, but I’m going to miss so much.  When else are you going to have someone cook for you 24/7 (well I guess that’s what wives are for…damn being a female)? Despite rough times that the cafeteria went through, circa freshman year, they really are on top of their game now.  I once overheard this Ray conversation:

Boy #1: That looks so nasty. What IS that?

Boy #2: I have no idea, but if I close my eyes it can be whatever I want it to be.

Another thing that I am going to miss about Ray is all the characters that work there. We have Jania, everyone’s favorite the Polish card swiper. Then there’s the sweetest old napkin lady who works a 4 hour shift every morning to keep her busy because she likes being around us.  In addition to these incredible people, you have the lunch ladies who sing while they serve you food, ask you how your day is, just in general care about how you are, all stuff that probably doesn’t happen in life after college.  Finally, I will miss the social aspect of Ray most. Hours seem like minutes at Ray (“Ray-A-Thons”) when you are sitting with your friends having important life conversations, or maybe only a conversation about a recap of last night. Either way, Ray brings people together and I’ll miss it dearly.

3. Intramurals: I never thought post 5th grade that I would get to play all the best childhood games like kickball, wiffleball, and dodge ball again. I thought those days were over, when in reality they got even better in college. We are currently working on winning the coveted Intramural Champs T-shirts for wiffleball; a symbol of intramural greatness.

4. Freedom: I think one of the reasons why I loved college so much was because it gave me the chance to experience a freedom that was foreign to me. Being an only child and the product of the most overprotective parents in the world, I never knew such a free way of life existed. When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to ride my bike anywhere outside of my driveway, complete with helmet, knee pads, wrist pads, and elbow pads. I also wasn’t allowed to play in ball pits (my mom said there could be hypodermic needles in there) a ridiculous reason, which I now believe was a result from watching some absurd episode of 20/20. ANYWAY, my point is that when I got to college I had so much freedom I didn’t even know what to do with myself. You can do whatever you want in college. That is awesome.

5. Having all your best friends under one roof: I am going to miss the two foot walk to all my friends after college. I love having all my friends in one spot. There is always someone to talk to, making plans is a cinch, and it’s fun.

6. Awkwardness: In my 21 years, I have never experienced or observed so many awkward moments as I have had in college, and you know what? I loved every minute of it. Do you say hi to that kid you hooked up with last night, even though neither of you really remember it? Is that guy over there pretending to be on his cell phone to avoid saying an awkward hello to someone? How about that disheveled girl walking across campus at 12 P.M. on a Saturday, with a glittery shirt, heels, and makeup smeared all over her face…think she had a good night? I hope life is still that awkward after college.

7. PDN (Public Displays of Nudity): Sometimes I’m confused whether or not I’m at school or at a nudist colony. Nudity at college is not only acceptable, but it is encouraged and it’s funny as hell. This is especially prevalent at our annual Civ Scream, which marks the end of a two year course requirement at PC. What better way to celebrate than to get naked and run around the quad as a circle of bystanders forms around you. Who knows, you might even become famous one day. Pogo stick girl anyone? Enough said.

8. Classlessness: Let’s face it, college isn’t exactly a classy place, but that’s what makes it so great. We use shitty ids to get into shitty bars all so we can drink shitty beer and get shitty. Chances are the bar smells like crap, the bathrooms are a public health hazard, and shots are served in Robitussin-like medicine cups. *Sigh* I could really go for some Prime Time right now.

9. Absurd amount of vacations: This is self explanatory. I’m pretty sure next year when I’m working I won’t have a week long spring break followed by another 5 day easter vacation two weeks later. It’s just not happening, and that’s unfortunate.

10. Getting away with just about anything: You can do whatever you want whenever you want at college. You can act stupid and immature and it’s okay because it’ll make for a great story the next day. At work, you do something stupid, nobody will laugh and it’ll get you fired.

For those of you who have yet to experience college, I enby you.  for those of you who are graduating, I feel for you.  There is no place like college.  College is a magical place, just ask Tom Petty: “You have four years to be irresponsible here.  Relax.  Work is for people with jobs.  You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends.  so, stay out late.  go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday.  Spend money you don’t have.  Drink ’til sunrise.  The work never ends, but college does…”


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dchero  |  March 20, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I feel pretty qualified to comment here:

    1. There wasn’t much more I could have done in college, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I miss it.
    2. I missed it so much that I went to grad school to keep staying in college. Excellent idea by the way.
    3. If you take an entry level job with minimal responsibility and minimal pay instead of taking a job with more responsibility with more pay, it’s pretty much like being in college. This is also an excellent idea.

  • 2. Lemmonex  |  March 21, 2008 at 10:27 am

    re: awkwardness…it continues. I am 27 and single and sexual politics are still a hard area to navigate. It actually gets more and more awkward as your friends start to pair off and the pool of available people thins out. You start realizing you have all slept with each other.

  • 3. Ava V  |  March 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    i’m so glad the awkwardness continues…it makes life worth living

  • 4. Jack  |  April 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    You went to Providence? Isn’t that a Catholic school? It sounds like you and the other female students there were immoral, classless sluts. This is especially if you think that wearing as few clothes as possible was some kind of good time. It’s too bad you never learned any kind of self-respect before, or in, college.

  • 5. Ava V  |  April 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    i’m too baffled by your comment to even respond…i’m guessing you never went to college.

  • 6. Jack Goes Forth  |  April 6, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    wait that comment wasn’t from this Jack… hopefully you didn’t think that.

  • 7. Ava V  |  April 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    no, he had a different email, and by the tone of the comment i could tell it wasn’t you. just being we go to a catholic school doesn’t mean we’re prudes who stay in and study on friday night. and by wearing a few less clothes you actually need a lot of self respect, or else you’d be too ashamed to do it.

  • 8. Moral, classy, non-slut  |  April 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Sounds like Jack is either jealous that he missed out, or that someone forgot to teach him some manners. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all. I would think that someone so put together as yourself, would find other ways to pass the time than commenting on a college blog.


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