One of the most difficult feelings to deal with is an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. For me, it’s always because something reminded me of college. And who doesn’t miss college? I miss the dorms, the city, even the classes. I’m sure our best years are yet to come, but college was awesome and sometimes I miss it more than anything.
So, to alleviate this longing, I decided to attempt to relive my college days. But, it didn’t exactly work out the way I thought it would.
1. Living on Toast: Toast was almost as valuable as gold in college. It’s cheap, quick, and filling. I tried this, and honestly, I made it all the way through lunch. My taste buds crave more than a crunchy piece of bread. I tried dressing it up with peanut butter, cheese, and other goodies but now that I’m older and actually know how to cook, I wanted something with more flavor. When I got home, I made homemade meatballs. It was the best meal I ever had.
2. Buying Cheap Beer: As soon as I turned 21 it became a ritual on Friday nights to get a 30 pack of PBR. It’d last us through the weekend and sometimes, we’d make another stop on Sunday to last us through the rest of the week. A 30 pack was a bit much, so I bought a 12 pack instead. I got through half a can, tossed it, and poured myself a glass of Pinot. Honestly, who can drink that anymore?
3. Sleeping In: Back in college, I would stay up past midnight, sometimes until 3 or 4am. I’d wake up the next day and it’d be after noon. I pushed myself past midnight, with eyes heavy, and went to sleep. I kept my eyes closed as long as possible before looking at my phone to see what time it was. I was sure I had slept in, and I was proud of myself! What did my phone read when I looked at it? 7:54am.
4. Taking Classes: This is just too expensive. I’d rather get my nails done and go to Kohls.
5. Facebook Stalking: Let’s admit it, we all do it. But especially in college. I wanted to know who my exes were dating, what my friends were doing, and look at pictures of what I should have done on the weekend. Now Facebook is all filled with engagement announcements, baby pictures, and rants about the weather. Yawn… I upgraded to Instagram stalking.
So it didn’t work the way I thought it would. But that’s okay. College will always give me happy memories, but my current ones make me happier. And I’m sure in 5 or so years I’ll be writing a post about my mid-twenties and how to relive them.