What is it really like to be a college student at Iowa State University? How can you put those feelings and experiences into words? To be frank, you can’t, but surely there is another way to describe it.
1. When You Realize Your U-Bill Payment Is Due
We all know that paying for tuition can hurt your wallet, but you never understand how much until August 20th comes around. That’s right, on August 20th, when your final payment is due, the university is ready for your money and possibly your entire wallet.
2. When You Have To Climb Up 7 Flights Of Stairs To Your Dorm Room
If you live in Wallace/Wilson (AKA, The Towers) or Maple-Willow-Larch at Iowa State University, you understand the struggle of having to climb flights and flights of stairs everyday. That is, unless you decide to take the elevator and you might, because after a long day of class, laying down is just what the doctor ordered.
3. When You Signed Up For An 8 A.M. Class, And Now Regret It
In high school, you got up and were in school by 8 a.m. and sat in class for seven hours a day for five days a week. Now you struggle to get up for your 8 a.m. class at Iowa State University twice a week. To make your life easier, just don’t register for that 8 a.m., you’ll regret it every time you have to wake up.
4. How To Spot A Freshman
The easiest way to spot a freshman is to look for the people who are running from building to building. They’re probably new and want to get to class half an hour early. That’s not how we do things here at Iowa State University, honey. Oh, and they are probably wearing a lanyard around their neck as well.
5. When CyRide Is Full
We all know how handy CyRide can be, especially when it’s raining or just plain cold outside. The only downside of riding the bus on those days, is that everyone rides the bus on those days. You are now standing or sitting so close to everyone, that you can smell what they had for breakfast. Back off, I’m trying to ride the bus in peace.
6. When You See A Goose
Apparently the geese go to college too. They don’t stick to just Lake Laverne, but they find it best to spend their time wandering all around campus. They may look nice, but the Iowa State University geese have been known to hiss at their fellow students and chase them around. Walk outside if you dare.
7. When You See Tour Groups
When you see the tour groups of non-corrupted high school students, you just want to send them a warning. Don’t do it, you will lose money, dignity, and sleep. All your happiness will disappear and be replaced with tears. Just don’t do it.
8. When You’re Tired Of Eating Dining Center “Food”
You’ve been eating the same food for the last eight months. It’s time for the dining centers to step up their game a little. Even your beloved grilled cheese is starting to taste less than satisfactory and you’re craving a good home-cooked meal. Of course, cooked by mom.
9. When You Realize It’s Dead Week And You Have Four Finals Next Week
It’s the last week of class because next week is finals. Yes, it’s Dead Week and you’re celebrating the last time ever being in your current classes.It just happened to slip your mind that you do, in fact, have four finals next week. And you haven’t started studying. You’ll probably just cram and hope for the best.
10. When It’s Finally Summer Break
Finals are finally over and you don’t have to worry about classes for three and a half months. It is time to let loose and party on! That is, unless you have an internship or summer classes. You have my condolences.