A Few Things I Learned from College
1. Don’t be friends with someone you don’t even like
I never really liked this girl to begin with, but we somehow ended up becoming friends and roommates. I feigned interest in our friendship and I had to force myself to hang out and invest into our companionship. Eventually, I found myself swimming upstream in a river of shit.
2. Be careful of what you put out on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.
Things tend to appear more hurtful online and it’s easier to say nasty things about someone/something when you’re not looking directly at them.
3. EVERYONE IS LONELY
Everyone. Even the people who post a million photos from their Vegas last weekend. Even the people who pose in front of the fucking lamposts at LACMA (Guys, there’s a fucking museum in there, stop taking pictures and go see the Kubrick exhibit or something). Even the people who garner 100+ likes on their witty Facebook status, which probably took them half an hour to come up with.
One of the most degrading moments I had was when I won some award at this film festival and amongst all the congratulations and attention I received, the only thing I could think was, “Fuck, I have nobody to go home to tonight. I just have this fucking award and what? What does that really do for me?”. So, at the after party, I got totally plastered and I’m pretty sure I flirted with 2/3 of the people attending. I remember having a goal of going home with someone that night, which I did. But don’t worry, kids! I didn’t do anything with that person! I just didn’t want to fall asleep without someone beside me and I was sober enough to know that it would have been gross to have sex. “Lol, no, I don’t want your body. Just sleep next to me so I don’t feel so insecure”.
4. Alcohol doesn’t solve anything
I probably don’t have to explain this. Y’all have had amazing drunken mistakes, I’m sure.
5. Shit is expensive
I am probably the worst person at managing money. I am so fucked after college.
6. Dating sucks
It’s so mentally draining and everyone is so frightened of revealing their true selves. Whenever I go on a date, I just think to myself, “DUDE, AT SOME POINT THEY’RE GOING TO REALIZE WHAT A TERRIBLE PERSON I REALLY AM. MAYBE I’LL CASUALLY MENTION SOMEONE I USED TO DATE/AN EX TO LET THEM KNOW THAT I AM CAPABLE OF BEING LOVED”. Many times, you’re just completely incompatible with the other person, which just makes you feel really disconnected.
7. Don’t take criticism too personally
People have had said very rude things to me and the one I used to get often was that I was “awkward”. It was mostly from the people I worked at with Cha for Tea. I took it very personally.
However, I realized that it does matter what kind of people you surround yourself with. I changed my major, felt better about myself, hung out with people who had actual similar interests with me, etc. It made a huge difference and nobody ever called me out for acting “awkward”.
Anyway, I eventually learned to not let petty criticism peck away at me. Those things can really fuck you over and make you feel like shit. And it’s a total waste of time to feel sorry for yourself. Do something that makes you feel good instead and surround yourself with people who love you for who you are. I know that sounds really cheesy, but seriously. It makes a difference.
Also, if you were one of the people who called me awkward, I don’t give a fuck anymore. You should know that it was very hurtful to me at the time. Just be glad I didn’t key your car or something.
8. Get some rest
And with that, I’ll go to bed right now. Perhaps I will have more to add later on!
This is pretty spot on.