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You’ve Gotta Love College Students!

I'm convinced that being with college students keeps us teachers young. The things they come up with can be so funny! And you have to stay up on current trends and culture to try to relate as much as possible. I told my students recently that I feel like a college student trapped in a senior citizen's body. One thing that is amazing to me, though, is how much younger they're making adults these days!

With those thoughts in mind, today I'm posting some funny things about college students.

There is almost more truth than humor in the following cartoon. College is where you either begin to learn or get reminded of the fact that you cannot have it all in life.

In my files I found a list of ways you can know whether you are a college student:

You might be a college student if...

If you have ever price shopped for Top Ramen.

If you consider Mac and Cheese a balanced meal.

If you have ever written a check for 45¢.

If you get more texts than e-mail or snail-mail.

If you have ever seen two consecutive sunrises without sleeping.

If you can pack your worldly possessions into the back of a pick-up (one trip).

If you live in an area that is smaller than most mobile homes.

If you average fewer than 3 hours of sleep a night.

If your trash is overflowing and your bank account isn't.

If you go to Target more than 3 times a week.

If you are personally keeping the local pizza place from bankruptcy.

If you wake up 10 minutes before class.

If your breakfast consists of a Coke on the way to class.

If your idea of "doing your hair" is putting on a baseball cap.

If you carry less than a dollar on you at all times because that's all you have.

If your midnight snack is microwave popcorn.

If you celebrate when you find a quarter.

If your backpack is giving you Scoliosis.

If you get more sleep in class than in your room.

If your idea of feeding the poor is buying yourself some Ramen Noodles.

If you can sleep through all your roommates' noise.


When I was a young high school teacher, several evenings a week I commuted to a university about 30 minutes away for grad school. Although we didn't have Facebook in those days (or even personal computers, for that matter), much of the rest of the info on the following pie chart is probably true for many people reading this:

Here's another cartoon that explains student time usage.

What happens in the following story is one of the things that makes teaching college interesting.

An eccentric professor gave his philosophy class a one-question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics.

The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk, and wrote on the board: "Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist."

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was finished, up, and gone in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how that student could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: "What chair?"


Are you a college student or do you have a college student in your life? If so, did anything in this post ring true in your experience?


"God is more willing to save than man is willing to be saved." — Drew Conley

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Before an exam, an art student will brush up.

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4 Comments on “You’ve Gotta Love College Students!”

  1. #1 Monique
    on Sep 12th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Change just a few words and your list could easily apply to new moms. 🙂

  2. #2 Michael
    on Sep 12th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I can sympathize with the line about getting more sleep in class than in my room. I’m sure that happened to me on a few occasions.

  3. #3 Brian
    on Sep 12th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Franklin, I believe is reported to have said “Early to bed, Early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” I remember hearing another version someone wrote more recently; “Early to rise, Early to bed, makes a man wealthy, But socially dead.”

  4. #4 Rachel D. Brown
    on Sep 21st, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve seen a more concise version of the sleep/social life/good grades thing, on a t-shirt:

    Choose Only Two:
    Social Life
    Good Grades

    Yes, I’m a college student, and some of the list applies to me.