By: Andrew Lovgren
First world problems are all around us. I’m hungry, but I don’t want to leave my room. This show stinks, but I can’t reach the remote. 3G.
Whatever they may be, these complaints signify a lack of satisfaction, although they are sometimes made in jest, knowing how minor the problems truly are in the scheme of things. Instead of counting blessings, most students find themselves wallowing in self-pity at some point or another.
College is a time to enjoy oneself, a time to grow academically, personally and spiritually. In order to get the most out of this exciting time, it’s important to appreciate all aspects of the experience. Constant complaining gets in the way of that venture.
Here are five common complaints that can be found in status updates, texts, tweets and around campus.
I have to do homework
That’s kind of the point of college. Homework, be it papers, worksheets, research or anything else, is an integral part of classwork, which is why you’re at college.
Homework can take over a college schedule, especially papers and tests during peak times during a semester. Even so, time spent on Facebook complaining about how much you have to do can go a long way in completing said assignments.
Tedious, pointless assignments are a drag on the college experience, but an education is the reason for being there. Best to make it a priority.
Cafeteria food is terrible
It’s not. The absolute luxury of having several choices served without preparation or cleanup is lost on college students until it’s gone.
No matter what the quality (to a degree), the beauty of the on-campus dining is something that will be missed upon graduation. Take the time to enjoy it.
I’m tired, and class is early
Classes at 7 a.m. aren’t ever going to be fun, but the worst of it is going to bed early to compensate, missing the joy of dorm life.
It’s time to make a choice: be tired and stay up late or go to bed and be rested. There isn’t a right or wrong choice, unless you expect both and let everyone know just how hard your life is because of it.
Class is far away
Students at larger colleges, especially those living off-campus, may have some credence here, but those who have a dreaded 10-minute walk across campus isn’t the end of the world.
When the real-world rears it’s ugly head and each morning means an hour commute, a short walk to class sounds dreamy.
A rain storm, blizzard or just terrible cold can make for a trek worth dreading, but bundle up, it’s going to be ok.
Everyone is, to a degree. Busy becomes an excuse that dominates the college experience. Between classes, a social life, extra-curricular and employment, a schedule fills up quickly.
But if you’re spending several hours a night leveling up your Orc Mage or watching 10+ episodes of Friends, busy shouldn’t be a word out of your mouth.
Where do you struggle with complaining? What complaints are you sick of hearing around the dorm?