Sunday, February 19, 2012

7 Things I May Miss About College (and 7 I won't)

While making a list of bullet points with a numerically symmetrical list of counterpoints is one of those blogger/comm professor/Baptist preacher-isms that I try to avoid, I will be posting one today, simply because I can’t think of a better way to express this.

The end of my final semester of college is drawing near. As it approaches, I have more and more often found myself thinking about different aspects of life that I have taken––or been made to take for granted if not for the past four and a half years of my college experience, then at least for the past two and a half that I have been at Bryan College. These things fall, with a few exceptions, into one of two categories: Things I think I will miss about college, and Things I think I will not miss about college.

Last night it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to actually write these down, which I have now done, if only for the sake of reference. While these are by no means comprehensive (and adding to or amending them may be the subject of future posts) I think they at least hit some of the highlights. I was also surprised to see how closely related some of the items were, even when they are on opposing lists.

Things I think I will miss:

1. Being in an environment where drinking coffee and discussing politics or theology is considered an end unto itself.

2. Getting to experience things from a myriad of fields and professions without actually having to commit to any of them.

3. The ability to influence or impress people in a highly controlled and closed environment.

4. Only needing to be anywhere specific for a few hours a day.

5. Frequently getting to meet people from all over the world.

6. Being in a place where there is pretty much always something going on.

7. Being around lots of people my own age.

Things I think I will not miss

1. Paying other people for me to do things that I don’t want to do.

2. Having to watch people––and probably myself at times––get angry and stressed or else acting self-important because of things things that have absolutely no meaning or consequence outside of the extremely controlled and closed environment that college is. 

3. Expensive textbooks that change edition roughly every 4.2 seconds. 

4. Sharing a room.

5. Abiding by the rules of an extremely strict behavioral code OR ELSE taking elaborate measures to break them without getting caught––either of which options leave me feeling like I live in Iran (no offense to my Iranian readers).

6. Doing all of my housemate’s dishes for the three-dozenth time.

7. Having to be around people all the time and having people think there is something wrong with me if I ever express or act on the fact that I don’t like being around people all the time.


Isaac said...

When I first saw the title I thought it said "7 things I may miss about college (and 71 I won't)"...I actually thought it quite possible--but I'm glad it's only 7. :)

Isaac said...

Ooops, that was Maryah. Not Isaac.

Andrew said...

Haha... I actually could have probably written a lot more of the things I probably won't miss, but I decided I would keep them the same length.

Anonymous said...

Looks like your college experience has given you the opportunity to really get to know yourself. I enjoy and admire your honest appraisal of what you like and don't like at this point in your life.
Your ability to be introspective will serve you well my friend. Be true to yourself as you explore the various choices of how you want to spend your time after college. Best wishes.

Lindsay Eryn said...

Boy, do I relate to the things you're going to miss! And, since I have a housemate and a tight-knit group of co-workers, I also relate with all the "won't miss" points that have to do with people.

Unknown said...

Hahaha love the post bro. I feel the same way about most of this stuff. Though I let Myles clean his own stuff these days :P

Andrea Manz said...

Oh my goodness, I love how you phrased #7 on things you would not miss. That's exactly what I've always wanted to say but never known how to word.

Andrew said...

Glad I was able to put it to words for you, Andrea :) I think it's a common feeling for a lot of people, but at the same time, is almost impossible for people who don't feel that way to understand.