From waiting on financial aid to enduring the walk of shame, there are some tough first-world problems American students have. With the help of College Facts and College Problems, we looked into common issues most undergraduate students face. With that said, here are 10 of the most popular college problems:
1.) The only thing lower than your GPA is your bank account balance
We’ve all been there, closing our eyes as the online banking summary is loading. A similar mechanism is practiced when the screen shows final semester grades and a pathetic excuse for a grade point average. Why we think this will change the declining balance is beyond me.
2.) Plan B helps you get through freshman year
University of Iowa’s Amy L. gave this tidbit of information to The College Facts. While it might be a stretch, many undergraduates do owe their peace of mind to the morning after pill. Major props to Amy for owning up to it.
3.) Depending on a curve to pass the class
Although they slacked half the semester, the looming end of spring has many students calculating how they can still pass. Whether it’s a general education credit or a major-specific course, many of us are clinging on to the hope that there will be a curve on the final exam. Good luck, comrades!
4.) Need to write 2,000-word paper. Check “word count” every five minutes
After writing my fair share of term papers I’m convinced the word count button was created to mock all procrastinators. There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing the number slither from 450 to 502 in a matter of 30 minutes. Curse you, word count.
5.) You can retake a class, but you can't relive a party
There’ll always be that one party you’d want to experience again. You know, the one where things got a bit too out of hand and you woke up on the lawn. Spencer S., from Northeastern University believes this is one of the best college facts. After all, repeating the events of that night is as much of a win as passing organic chemistry on the first try.
6.) Everyone except you remembers who you hooked up with last weekend
It’s okay to blame binge drinking for your temporary amnesia. But when there are pictures of you making out with a freshman on Fourth of July, and you can’t for the life of you remember who he is, there’s a problem. Chin up, drunkie. If it’s any consolation it happens to a good amount of college peeps.
7.) Fraternity men disguise cheap vodka inside Grey Goose bottles
Susan R. from Washington State University figured this out early. For all the snobby drinkers who think the upscale vodka they drank at the social was Grey Goose, it’s time for a reality check. More than half the time you’ve drank this crème de la crème, it’s actually been incognito grain alcohol. How’s that for your sweet palate?
8.) Need class to graduate. It’s only offered at 8 a.m.
If this isn’t a sick joke from administrators of higher education, I don’t know what is. I can picture them laughing away as they set up a MWF section that’s only available in the most inconvenient semester. Fellow undergraduates, it happens to the best of us.
9.) Childhood board games turn into drinking games
I doubt Milton Bradley knew we would turn his family fun into pregame debauchery. University of Arizona’s Matt B. added this to the list of college facts. Just about every board game we played as children has become collegiate diversion. Drunken twister, shot chess and battleshots are popular choices. I guess some of us are still kids at heart, right?
10.) Easy Mac and Top Ramen become staples in your diet
It’s no surprise students gain the Freshman 15, as they look to these high-end products for nutrition. Barry B. from the University of Arizona admitted to these choices. They are yummy, cheap and easy meals to make. Hopefully as they move up on the collegiate food chain students will also opt for better dietary choices.
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