“You have so much free time”
That, my friends is the biggest joke of all time. Many of us are students, athletes, volunteers, and have one or many jobs. Not to mention the multitude of homework and other stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. I don’t know what this “free time” is that you speak of, but I assure you that you do not have to complete a 20 page research paper on a topic that you probably know 0 info about. Instead, you older individuals are probably taking part in “happy hour” or hitting some balls on the golf course, because what better way to spend 3 hours when you could actually be doing something productive.
“You don’t have kids, it can’t be that bad”
FALSE. AGAIN. We are college students. This means we are approximately 18-24ish of age. Sorry, but as 18,19, and even 20 year olds, we still do not have our stuff figured out and are still kids ourselves. Also, you chose to have kids so don’t complain. Yes, we don’t have the inconvenience of driving kids around everywhere, but we do have the inconvenience of: trying to afford anything whether that is food, gas, or tuition. Walking 20-30 minutes to and from class multiple times a day, running on maybe less than 5 hours of sleep every night… the list goes on.
“You don’t have to cook like I do though”
Um… we are humans and we need to eat just like everyone. So yes, college students do cook dinner. Yes, it might not be as nutritious as dinners cooked by a mother of children, but I assure you college students (especially student athletes) do NOT eat Ramen Noodles every night. I’m pretty sure that’s an unwritten rule anyway, and will most likely result from a heart attack at age 35.
“You drink all of the time”
Yeah…. with what time, energy, and money. And fake I.D. Just think of your annual office Christmas party and this should clear up the common misconception that college students drink more than middle aged adults.
Subcategory of this: “You get to go out whenever you want!” Not when you have work at 4:45AM the next day.
Also but not limited to, “You never get hangovers.” Right.
“College isn’t that hard”
Maybe back in your day when all you had to do was sign up for it. College is pretty difficult when you really think about it. There are classes like “Organic Chemistry” and “Biology 151” (You are going to need some 151 rum after that class.) It is hard but all of us struggle through it and equally cringe when we check our grades online. There are these weeks called finals weeks where all you do is cry in the library and possibly overdose on Adderall and caffeine.
All in all college is a great experience but is no walk in the park contrary to popular belief.