6 Embarrassing Habits You Should Break After College

Your college years will be some of the best of your life.  So make the best of them.  There are things that are completely socially acceptable while you’re attending school, but once you walk across that stage and get your diploma, you might want to rethink that mohawk or those sweatpants you’re walking around in.  These are the things that you should take advantage of while you can.

  • Sleeping until noon (or later).  There is nothing more out of whack than a college student’s sleep schedule.  Those late nights studying during the week and those late nights at the club on the weekends take a toll on us, and when we get the chance to sleep.  We sleep.  And sleep.  And sleep.  And while that’s okay for a college student, once we have our careers established, we need to get our act together and actually wake up in the A.M. hours.  You now have to contribute to society.
  • Facial piercings. I’ve always been a fan of piercings.  I figure, why just dress up your ears when you can dress up everything else, too?  Unfortunately, most employers don’t feel the same way.  When you graduate, it might be a good idea to take the stud out of your lip and the ring out of your nose.  At least for the interview…
  • Funky colored hair.  Funky colored hair goes along the same lines as facial piercings.  Once in a while you see someone in their thirties looking awesome, rocking some pink hair, but most of those women are hairstylists, or self-employed or in some other business away from the judgmental eyes of employers.  So again, as great as I think looks like these are, keep it natural for your job search.  Wait until you get a job, and if it’s a modern, edgier company, it might be okay for you to have some fun hair colors.  But feel it out before you make a decision.
  • Making dumb financial decisions.  There’s the “broke college student” stereotype that the majority of college students actually fit into. We survive on Ramen Noodles, but can somehow afford $45 Victoria’s Secret PINK sweatpants (more on that later.)  Throwing money around on frivolous items isn’t out of the ordinary for people our age, and that’s fine.  But when we graduate, it’s about time to try getting our financial situation in order. Those loan payments are right around the corner.
  • Going out in public in sweatpants.  Back to those $45 sweatpants.  Everyone realizes the grueling life of a college student, and most understand why sometimes the extra effort it takes to zip up a pair of jeans is just out of the question the morning before an exam that you just studied for all night.  People also understand when your hair hasn’t been washed in days and you may or may not have taken a shower.  And when you’re in a classroom, you’re not alone. However, people will not understand when those exams are a thing of the past. In a functioning society off-campus, put on a pair of jeans.  Jerry Seinfeld said it best:
  • Taco Bell at 3:00 am. This one will be hard to give up.  You don’t give this up for any “socially acceptable” reasons, per se, but for health reasons.  Those Cheesy Gordita Crunches at 3:00 in the morning taste may like heaven in your mouth in college, but once you hit your mid twenties, your metabolism starts it’s sad, not-so-slow decline.  That heaven in your mouth becomes mush in your stomach and jiggle in your thighs.  I fully intend on taking complete advantage of my nighttime Taco Bell runs until I absolutely should not anymore.

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Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski is a senior at Eastern Michigan University, double majoring in journalism and communications. She writes for her college newspaper, mostly covering local bands and interns at 89x, a metro-Detroit radio station. She frequents the movie theater and when she has free time, she likes spend it with her friends. Carmen hopes to one day be a music journalist.