I am in my senior year, majoring in Communication and Public Relations in Bucharest, Romania (for those of you wondering, that’s in Eastern Europe). I have been an ERASMUS student in Germany for one year and it has been a life-changing experience. I have participated in a few international conferences simulating the United Nations, where I had the opportunity to meet lots of people from all over the world, some of which I have become good friends with. I love playing the piano, laughing, eating and reading. And last, but not least, I love talking, as you might have already guessed.
We all know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you realize that you’re not home anymore: mom is not going to cook, wash or tidy up for you, nobody’s spoiling you anymore, you’re past the “sorry, can’t do the dishes, I have to study” phase. And sometimes the thought is really depressing. But that’s not my point. Let’s have a look at the full half of the glass:
- No more curfew. You can come home at any time you want (you can even not come home if you feel like it) and nobody’s going to yell at you for being late or irresponsible.
- Drink, drink, drink. If you’re lucky enough to be of age, who can stop you? If you’re not…hmm…no comment. But the fact that you can get to your bed and fall there without worrying about your parents killing you the next day is priceless, isn’t it?
- Classes or the café? The choice is up to you. If you’re smart enough to catch up without attending those classes, good for you. If you have to burry yourself into mountains of books afterwards, at least make it worth it. But be careful to balance them… exams don’t get passed with the knowledge of cappuccino prices.
- Spending the night. Let me guess, in your parents’ house you had to: be silent, be home on time, leave the door open, clean up the ‘murder scene’… Well, good news, then! In a student dormitory, nobody cares whom you bring home. If you’re unlucky enough for your neighbors to be your friends as well, you’ll have to put up with the looks the next morning. But, after all, you only live once, right?
- “Top 250 series to watch before […]” you finish your freshman year? Been there, done that. The 20 minutes of an episode to watch while eating turn into 40, one hour, and before you know it, half of the day has gone by and you’re still in pajamas, looking like a zombie, and feeling like going back to bed. The solution to that? It’s simple: get a social life. You won’t feel that lonely, plus, you’ll have people knocking on your door and making you go out instead of wasting your free time locked in your room, putting on extra pounds.
Well, the list could keep going, but I have the feeling that, instead of giving advice, I am challenging you to a rebellious college life, and that’s not what I meant to do. My friendly recommendation is to try everything out with moderation. I might sound like your grandma right now, but trust me, you won’t regret it. We are young and at the peak of our potential. This is the time when we create who we’re going to be, when we start crayoning our future. Better crazy now than later, when society still tolerates our childishness. Better try something out now than regret not having done it later.