#CollegeProbs: Round 3!

A new school year is here, which means a whole new crop of #CollegeProbs tweets are popping up on Twitter. If you are not familiar with the #CollegeProbs series of blogs you can check out round one and round two here and here! Basically, I scour the Twitterverse for tweets with the hashtag #CollegeProbs and then attempt to provide a solution to those problems.

Sound good? Okay, lets go.

Tweet 1: “I’ve done more homework/studying in the last three days than I ever did in high school. But I still love it so much more. #CollegeProbs”

Isn’t that the truth? It’s just a fact. No matter what you choose to study, you will have A LOT more work to do in college than you ever did in high school. Which kind of makes sense. It’s college. It’s supposed to be harder. But at the same time, college is a lot of fun and you’ll enjoy it. So, this #CollegeProb just comes along with the many other #CollegePerks.

Tweet 2: LOL sitting in my car eating easy mac & watching Netflix on my phone until class starts #collegeprobs”

Maybe it’s just me, but I fail to see how this is a problem at all. Easy Mac? Great. Netflix? Great. I mean, sitting in your car is not ideal. You’d be much more comfortable on a couch or something, but all in all this is more like #CollegeSuccess than a #CollegeProb. Keep doing you.

Tweet 3: If anyone is looking to buy a kidney, liver or arm I am selling mine to buy this accounting textbook…#CollegeProb”

I actually laughed out loud at this one. But fear not. You can keep your kidney, liver and arm! Look, college textbooks are expensive. Like really expensive. But there are a few ways to work around that and hopefully lower your costs some. If you and a friend have the same class, split the textbook between the two of you. Or make a friend in the class and do the same. Check Amazon and other textbook sites and see if they have the same book for a cheaper price than the book store. Wait a week or two before you buy the book. It’s possible that you’ll be able to get by without it. If not, then just go to the book store the next week and buy it, but wait until you know you’ll need the book so you don’t waste $150 on a book that you never open. Do not sell your kidney. I’m pretty sure that’s illegal.

Another funny textbook related #CollegeProb tweet: Unless a textbook is signed by Michael Jordan, I’m not paying over $100 for it.

Tweet 4: “I am taller than my shower head (four crying emojis) WWWHHHYYYYYY!?!?!?!?!?! #CollegeProbs”

Okay, I’ve never had this problem, but I’m also (significantly) under six feet tall. But let’s talk a little bit about sharing a bathroom with a dorm full of people. It can be a little difficult. If you’re taller than the shower head, I’m sorry. I have no solution for that. But, there are a few things you can do to make your experiences in the bathroom a bit better.

1. Always wear flip flops.

2. Get a shower caddy so you don’t have to lug your stuff to and from the bathroom.

3. Try to shower earlier or later than most people do. If you want to shower from 8-9:30, you might have to wait a while. If you go at 6:45, you’ll probably have the room to yourself.

4. Talk about keeping the bathroom clean during a house meeting or put up signs that can serve as friendly reminders. If someone or a group of people are routinely causing problems (i.e. leaving stuff lying around, not cleaning up after themselves) perhaps a brief conversation about it at a house meeting will help.

Tweet 5: “First day of class and I already have a 5-page paper due by the end of the week (crying emoji) #CollegeProb”

I also had this problem this week. I was hoping for a nice and easy “Syllabus week” where you basically show up to class, the professor talks about the syllabus and class expectations and that’s all you have to do for the week. NOPE! Some professors (all of mine apparently) just jump right in. This isn’t such a bad thing. We have a whole year of papers, assignments, classes and so on, so might as well start getting getting into the groove of things right from the start. It never feels like a good time to start. This way, you can hit the ground running and get used to that academic grind.

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