It's been a long road from my first day of college to now. I've been in Omaha for about 200 days now and I think it's safe to say that I have learned more in 200 days of college than I did in my almost 2000 days of high school. (Okay fine, four years of high school is actually about 1,460 days, but you get what I'm trying to do.) It seems like more often than not, me and my friends are talking about how much we have learned over the course of our Freshman year of college, and how much more we are probably going to learn in the upcoming year. I've been doing some thinking, and realized the multitude of milestones I, and some of my fellow Class of 2015, have been meeting this year.
The first thing I had to learn to do, was go grocery shopping. Which for some reason, has become one of my favorite weekly activities. I don't know if it's because it gets me out of the house, or because I'm simply buying food, one of my favorite things in the world, but really though, I live for grocery shopping (and Hyvee fuel saver points), but that's beside the point. The real adult thing that I do, is picking out my groceries. I love gushers, and ice cream, and fruity pebbles as much as the next girl. However, the law of freshman fifteen, does not. Therefore, I have found myself buying things like whole wheat bread, skim milk, and fresh fruit instead. The thirteen year old me would have gasped at the concept of eating healthy, but the adult me gets it completely.
I also have gotten into this nasty habit of having to be in bed before 10pm on weekdays. I kid you not, this is the strangest thing I've learned. In high school, I could go to school on four hours of sleep, have a ten hour day of school, practices, and rehearsals and be perfectly fine. Now, it's like heaven forbid I go to two classes, and do a couple hours of homework and I'm ready for a nap. I've just learned that without my 8-10 hours of sleep, you really don't want to talk to me the next day. I don't know what sparked this change into adult world, but it hit hard.
By now, you're probably thinking "Gee does Alyssa, or any college student for that matter, do anything besides eat and sleep?"
Rarely. We rarely do anything else.
Of course, when I do get to spend time doing whatever I please it has seemed to start showing some adult tendencies too. For starters, I have a blog? Like what's that even about guys? Just kidding, this is one of my favorite hobbies, but I also enjoy watching talk shows now. The Ellen show anyone? Talk about your daily dose of joy. I didn't think I would enjoy talk shows as much as I do, but they really are a delight. Actually, scratch that, anything with Ellen is a delight. Anyways, I'm getting side tracked here. I also find myself watching the GOP Debates, and being thoroughly entertained. All of the sudden I care about politics (something all collegiate students should care about cough cough, our votes matter too). Netflix is a hobby for any age, and I still have no shame to show there, but I think it's safe to say that if you'd ask my younger sister what she found fun, it would not be talk shows, politics and writing. I'm afraid that I'm getting old.
Besides just fun things, I've also learned some real life skills. For example, before coming home this weekend, I had to get oil and power steering fluid for my car. Which I was able to pick out and put in my car, all by myself. (Though I will give a shout out to the kind stranger who helped me get the cap off the oil tank, faith in humanity is not totally dead guys.) I've also recently had a couple instances where I've had to go to the doctor's clinic, and I've been the one to schedule all my appointments. All of the adults right now are probably shaking their heads in shame right now, but I know my freshman folk are in total agreeance here. Talking to a stranger, remaining professional and organized while on the phone, it's a whole new world for the up and coming adult in me.
Either way, in 200 days you can learn a lot. And I don't only mean in school, (although that's happening too, don't worry Mom and Dad, tuition isn't totally going down the drain), but just about the real world in general. It's not always been fun, or easy, but I'm glad to say that I'm at least getting the hang of it.
The snowpocalypse has come my dear readers.
Snow days are the gem of all school holidays. Unexpected and highly anticipated when rumors of a storm blow in, these breaks are what we live for. Sadly, these massive snow storms only happen once and a while, but when they do, it's like the whole city shuts down just for a short lived twenty four hours. Snow days don't come often enough, so when they do I suggest making the most of them. While you're all snowed in and enjoying your time off, I've come up with a list of things to do to make sure the day doesn't go to waste.
1. Stock up on food.
Sure, you can take this on like a responsible adult and get your bottled water and batteries, but I suggest getting a massive stockpile of your favorite comfort foods. Get the cookies, and the soups, and the popcorn bags and prepare yourself for a day surrounded by your favorite snacks because...
2. It's a movie day.
Snow days are perfect for catching up on all the movies you never have time to watch because life is always getting in the way. Rent a redbox, purchase a Netflix account, figure out how your on demand works. I really don't care, just find access to an unlimited source of movie heaven and enjoy.
3. Sleep in.
You've got absolutely nowhere to be, and I can guarantee you won't be going anywhere for awhile. Shut off those 6:00am alarms and stay in your pajamas. It's not every Tuesday that you can tell the alarm clock to shove it. Don't even bother putting on real pants, who's gonna see them? Your dog? It's all about comfort, and there will be no short cuts taken.
4.Spend some time with the people around you.
You've got food, movies, and jammies on. There is no better place to be than together on snow days. Everyone pick a favorite spot on the couch and settle in, because you're gonna be there for awhile. Enjoy eachother's company, too often everyone has somewhere else to be, except this one day, because you're all trapped in the same house, make the most of it.
5. Just enjoy it.
Put a pause on life outside. Who cares about work emails, who cares about your project due next week. Take one day off and I promise it won't kill you. It's good to take a day for you every once and awhile, besides you're pretty much forced to stay home, so revel in that.
Snow days don't come often enough, but I can tell you I've cleared my schedule for the next 48 hours to do all those things. Feel free to comment your favorite way to spend snow day. Stay warm everybody!
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