Don’t You Hate When Your Parents Are Right?

Parents. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Am I right?

But in all seriousness, college really makes you realize what your parents (or guardians) did for you. I can’t tell you how many times I woke up and realized my mother was not going to be able to remind me to do anything. This is my life and I have to start taking the responsibility.

No matter how many people tell you, it won’t hit you until you finally have your first sick day at college. That’s when it gets real. Now, I don’t know about you but my parents (like many) loved to blurt out sayings all the time. Little did I know that most of those would come back around and make a whole lot of sense.

Here are the 4 sayings that will start popping up in your head as you begin your journey through college.

#1 “If so and so jumped off a bridge would you jump off a bridge?”

Peer pressure is a very real thing. It doesn’t matter who you are, there will be a great deal of moments when someone is really trying to push you to do something you aren’t quite sure about. This is where your parent’s voices should come rushing back into your brain.

Who cares if Bob Brown is going to go out three nights in a row?! That does not mean you have to.

It might seem hard to do at the time but if you aren’t comfortable doing something and the only thing propelling you is someone else, it’s not worth your time. Tell Bob that you aren’t feeling it tonight or that you’d prefer to refrain at this time. If Bob is a good friend/acquaintance, he’ll accept that answer. If he doesn’t, look for a Joe to replace him.

#2 “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

College brings up a whole boatload of issues and future endeavors that didn’t even cross your mind when you were in high school. The looming job market becomes so much more real the moment you step foot on campus. You will realize that the entire reason you’re at college is to get a job.

With that in mind, you’ll have a lot to think about over the four years. It gets hard not to start planning your graduation, career, and living arrangements after your first week of college. And again, just think about what your parents have said. You have to take small steps or you’ll be extremely stressed all of the time (something I’m still struggling with).

Take each semester at a time and things will come in time. Don’t rush things. College will be over faster than high school.

#3 “You’ll live.”

Events are going to feel like the end of the world all of the time. I don’t know what it is about college but sometimes it just feels like one big soap opera. Your job might be falling through, you have two tests in the next two days, you have gained four extra pounds, and the hot water in your sink isn’t working. Things are going to get crazy and it’s your job to take a step back and remember, “I’ll live.”

Sometimes it honestly feels like you’re going to die from stress but I promise you won’t! Take some time for yourself; get some ice cream and a nice hot shower. Before you know it your life will seem wonderful and you won’t even remember the scene of drama you were experiencing the day before.

#4 “You kids go out and play in the yard.”

Remember when we didn’t have access to computers or a plethora of other electronic devices? Yeah, me neither. It seems to get increasingly more and more difficult to cut myself off from the world of beeping and blinking. If college has taught me one thing it’s that staying in your room for three days without barely any outside time does not make life better.

In fact, it usually makes things worse! People need some fresh air. Even if you think you’re getting enough walking around by just going from class to class, you’re probably wrong. Spend some quality time walking around, sitting on benches, or doing another wonderful outdoor activity. As much as you might not want to because you don’t want to put pants on, it’ll improve your mood and make you feel like part of the real life world.

So, you see, no matter how much you want to discount all of the “old people” saying that littered your childhood, you’ll find out soon enough that they are always right. Always.

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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.