College Was Better Than Work.

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Having a job is a good thing (especially in this day and age).

Going to college was better. 

This is true for lots of reasons.

Starting with… you could make your own schedule in college.

No work hours to follow.  No contract to abide by.  No one to evaluate you (unless you count the professors).

College was great.My College.

Don’t want to get up early?  Schedule classes in the afternoon.

Want to be done early?  Schedule all of your classes in the morning.

Obsessive about The Price is Right and Hogan’s Heroes (guilty as charged)?  Don’t schedule anything from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Want to be back in the dorm before MTV’s Remote Control comes on?

Just fake a disease or a head injury and leave class a little early.

College was great.

At work you have a dress code.  In college your fashion choice was shorts or sweatpants.

And you accessorized with a t-shirt (up until the late 90’s when this changed to the ever popular hoodie).

No ironing the night before.

No attempting to pick out a shirt and tie that almost match.

No living under society’s expectations of wearing socks that match.

At college, you slept in every day.  All you had to do was be up 2 1/2 minutes before class started (if you could run fast).

College was great.

At work you have bosses.

At college you had advisors (who invariably messed up your schedule).

Life seemed complicated in college, but in retrospect it really wasn’t.

College was great.

In college food was provided for you.  Swipe a card and it was all you could eat (which explains the Freshman 15… or 40).

No trips to the grocery store.  No cooking.  No cleaning up the kitchen (not that I know about any of these).

A long day in college was 4 classes in one day.

A long day at work is everyday.

College was the first opportunity to put some space between you and your parents.

Work (if you choose education) involves being around everyone’s parents.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the number one reason college was better than work.

I didn’t have to shave.

Not for days.  Or weeks.  Or even months.

Being in the grown up work world means I have to shave every day.

And I think that is easily the worst part of being an adult.

If I only knew then what I know now, I would have been far more appreciative of my time in college.

But like most people, I took it for granted.

I never really appreciated the fact I could control my own schedule, dress like a slob, and have someone else prepare my food.

And most importantly, not have to scrape my face every morning with a sharp piece of metal.

It was the 80’s after all… and stubble was cool.

And if you ask me, it still is (although I realize no one has asked me).

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7 Responses to “College Was Better Than Work.”


  1. Christy
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 7:37 pm

    I loved college….the kids never realize how much better college is than high school until they get there.


  2. Steve
    on May 5th, 2010
    @ 6:40 am

    I loved college too. I’m a MS/HS principal who battle wrinkles in shirts and pants every day. I always pick out whatever doesn’t have to be ironed…thank God for the invention of wrinkle resistant clothing. And, three day weekends and summer time (some of it anyway) means I don’t have to shave and my kids can make fun of my graying beard.


  3. Angie
    on May 5th, 2010
    @ 6:49 am

    I think it’s true for everything: you don’t realize how great something is until it’s over.


  4. Shannon
    on May 5th, 2010
    @ 8:54 am

    College was awesome! No one judged you when you paid for your food with dimes… And, Golden Corral really was gourmet!


  5. Diane
    on May 5th, 2010
    @ 7:31 pm

    You forgot a key fashion item-baseball hats. Every guy in the early classes had one on.


  6. Dave
    on May 21st, 2010
    @ 7:16 am

    This post made me laugh. I miss college so very much. One thing I miss being able to do in college that I can’t do at work is drop a class!


  7. AG
    on Jul 26th, 2011
    @ 2:50 pm

    I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days.

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