7 things I’d like to tell the college kids we saw this weekend

by Ginger on October 25, 2010

in Random

This weekend, the whole fam-damly ventured back to Tucson for the UofA homecoming. It was a lot of fun to revisit old haunts, see the old stomping grounds, and enjoy a trip down memory lane. Of course, while we were there, we got full view of the current crop of college kids, and man, did we get an eyeful. I kept thinking of things I’d like to tell these youngsters…

  1. There’s a line between sexy and slutty, and you’re on the wrong side of it. Look, ladies, I understand that you’re exploring your sexuality and the power inherent in that sexuality. I understand that you’re trying to turn heads. I understand that you’ve got a smokin’ body and you want to show it off. Trust me, despite what I look like now, I’ve been there. But there’s a line between sexy and slutty, and that outfit you’ve got on isn’t sexy. If I can literally see your ass or boobs, or if I can see the bottom of your thong or the entirety of your bra? You’re just dressing slutty. Which, honestly, just oozes desperation. You want to be sexy–that exudes confidence and a sense of self-worth, while exploring that sexuality you’re so proud of.
  2. The fight you’re having, AGAIN, isn’t proof of how passionate you are about each other. The fight you’re having in the middle of tailgating, again, probably has more to do with the alcohol and less to do with the passion. You’re making all your friends uncomfortable, and I can almost guarantee that this is not a relationship that will last. Stop making each other miserable and calling it “passion”.
  3. Take advantage of these years to not be grown-ups. I know you’re in a hurry to be “adults”, but your years in college are this fleeting in-between time when you have some of the access but not all of the responsibilities of being a true grown-up. Take advantage of this, because never again will you be able to be so free and easy with your free time, your fun, and your exploration of self. Your twenties (and thirties) will be fun too, but in a completely different way, with a completely different set of rules, so enjoy the time before that with abandon.
  4. That being said, choices you make now will affect your life later. So don’t be totally stupid. (See #1 & #2 above). You may not need to have a ton of responsibility, but you ARE responsible for yourself and your own health and happiness. Be aware, be thoughtful occasionally, and don’t be dumb.
  5. Enjoy your metabolism while it lasts. It will change. I promise you. Enjoy it.
  6. Don’t wear high-heels tailgating. Really, ladies, you just look ridiculous. And more importantly, you’re going to trip over a beer can or something and hurt yourself (I watched at least 4 of you do it this weekend, so learn from your peers!).
  7. Don’t judge me too much. I saw your sideways glances at all of us “old folks” this weekend. I remember being there, watching as all the old alum invaded the campus for the weekend. But don’t judge me too much–one day you too will be in my shoes. Oh, you may not be married, and have a baby. You may not have an extra mumblesomethingmumble pounds on you. But you too will one day return, 10/12/15/20 years removed from your time now, reminiscing about this time in your life. You too will one day look around at the campus, reveling in what has stayed the same, grumbling about what has changed (back in my day….). You too will march forward with time. So don’t judge me too harshly–you’ll be here soon enough.

As always, more lists can be found over at Anna’s at abdpbt!

Megan October 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Amen to the slutty clothes! And to the high heels. There’s nothing wrong with high heels, but I see them in the most ridiculous places! Like Disneyland. WTF?

Becca October 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I am right with you! I was at the fair last weekend – consider this is the UK in October – and there were so many teenage girls wearing mini-skirts and heels. Crazy!

KT October 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

HA HA HA. This is a great post as I was thinking the EXACT same things at my college reunion this past weekend. I saw two young ladies making out at some point in front of their boyfriends and I wanted to tell them that they didn’t have to do that for attention.

A Daddy Blog October 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

So I dropped by NoodleKnobs to see what was shakin’ with you two. Finding nothing I followed the rabbit hole to your respective sites. I’ll probably leave this same comment on the other’s. Hey I’m a relatively new parent, too. Who has the time to write you both personal notes. On the subject of time, where to you guys find the timed for all you do… AND three blogs? Excellent rant here, btw. I work on a large university campus, and so feel your pain. The corduroy jacket, elbow patches and pipe don’t have the cache they once did. Uh, oh. I think I smell a poopy diaper. Gotta run. Later.

–Michael

Ginger October 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Oh, it’s just a severe lack of sleep combined with ADD creativity sometimes 🙂

I honestly don’t know where we find the time, other than naps, lunch breaks, and very late bedtimes for us both!

shasta October 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

My sister-in-law and I are convinced that 1) this year’s crop of new college students looks approximately 12 years old, and 2) there must be some new that that requires all girls at local colleges to wear booty shorts and/or heels at all times.

Almost makes me miss the days when grunge and flannel were high fashion.

Almost.

Elizabeth October 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

People get skankier every year–my parents work in schools, and it’s true at that level too!

bekah October 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Oh the sexy/slutty conundrum…thats one that kills me!

Katherine October 25, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I don’t know what you’re talking about. I wore a cut up extra large t-shirt tied up as a strapless mini dress to my interview last week and it worked out for me.

Why won’t that trend die already?

kate October 26, 2010 at 10:23 am

I work at a high school and I *think* I might just make this post into a REALLY big sign to hang outside my office… It is spot-on.

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