The Best and Worst of College So Far

My second semester of college is coming up, and I figured I would share some things I’ve learned in the first semester. Here goes:

My favorite thing about college so far is my new, horrible, comfortable, “I don’t really care” style I’ve developed. 

I’ll be honest…I haven’t voluntarily worn jeans since day one. I only wear them when I have to and, even then, I sometimes sneak by with a pair of jeggings. I have six pairs of leggings and I only do my laundry when I run out of them. It’s really sad, but really awesome at the same time.

You want to know what’s worse than paying for college textbooks? Try paying for college ACCESS CODES.

I literally paid $60 for a sheet of paper with a username and password to an online lab. Not only that, but I even waited for them to SHIP THIS LITTLE PIECE OF PAPER IN 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS. And if that doesn’t hit the spot…I have to pay for two access codes this semester. What fun!

Ha, study sessions right before the exam…you mean just pretending like you’re studying and joining a support group…

80% of the study jam sessions consist of talking about how nervous you are, giving each other confidence, and calculating the grade you need to make to pass the exam. Oh, and the occasional blank stare at practice tests and notes as if there were any point in bringing them in the first place. By this time, you know it or you don’t.

I have partied way too hard this semester…with my textbooks…and highlighters…in my room…by myself…

Yeah, I don’t understand. These people that have college parties and whatnot…are they going to real college?  What kind of classes are these people taking? What is the magic behind this? How? Mike and Sully had more parties in Monsters University than I’ve been to…(comparing my life to the lives of fictional characters at this point).

“You should buy a planner for college to stay organized, ” they said.

More like to SURVIVE. I have always been a planner person. I don’t know what I would do with myself each day if it weren’t written down in front of me. But in high school, I remember maybe 40% of my class owning and using a planner…how did they make it in college? It’s as essential as food and water!!

Frozen Pizza. Pizza Rolls. Hot Pockets. Pizza Delivery…the healthiest diet ever.

Add some veggies and pepperoni, and you’ve pretty much nailed the food pyramid. Am I right?

A professor with a Ph.D is pretty much the substitute teacher. Just the person that makes sure everyone is in attendance and doesn’t kill each other…you pretty much have to teach yourself. 

In my biology class, I basically sat in the back of my class answering clicker points for attendance and, occasionally, asking a question when I needed to. I had to teach myself, because…I don’t know. That’s just what you have to do or you’ll never make it.

Thanks for reading,

Yin

Buying a Futon in Lexington

We FINALLY got Eric a futon today. We’ve been meaning to since the first day we moved in…and six months later, that sad little air mattress could take no more. Neither could Eric’s back…

We knew we needed a futon because his room is fairly small (I fought him for the Master Bedroom). We came back to Lexington last night and as soon as we arrived, we got to work. We took about the desk in my room to make room for my new vanity—which I am IN LOVE WITH—and moved the desk into Eric’s room.  He needed something to put his desktop on and a place for his TV and his X-box One. So, with all that crap in his room, a futon was definitely the way to go.

But let me tell you, do you know how hard it is to think of a store that sells futons? Futons are like the mysterious side of the furniture business. People who buy them are 1) Clever, yet 2) too cheap (or poor) to buy both a couch AND a bed…so does this mean I have to look in the nice furniture stores or the not so nice ones?

Now, of course, I knew that they sold them at superstores like Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart…but we were looking for something a little bit nicer…a little bit more comfortable, but still at a reasonable price. So, I honestly had no idea where to start. And then we set out a whole day for this journey around Lexington.

I’ve had my fair share of good and bad futons. I think it might be an Asian thing…I mean, stereotypically, we do try to buy the cheapest things with the most use and a futon is exactly that.

AHA! Just Wikipedia’d it…Futons originate from Japan…maybe that was obvious—but anyhow..

My godmother has this AMAZING light green/yellow futon that is more comfortable than my bed. It’s also incredibly tasteful for her bright soul. Especially going to sleep on it after she fills my tummy with yummy Korean food, but that’s an entirely different story. My cousin, on the other hand, his futon is on the floor. After years, someone sat on it and the legs broke. Now it is a giant hairy dog bed on the floor…I mean, it’s still somewhat useable, but not exactly what we’re looking for. My other cousin has a fairly nice futon, and I was excited to sleep on. It was faux leather, and white, and adorable. But when trying to sleep on it, there was a metal bar running down my spine and I was not a happy camper in the morning.

So basically…I had a very specific futon in mind, and I knew this was going to be one magical task.

Last night, I googled “where to buy a futon in Lexington, KY.” Very specific and on point…google knows what I’m talking about. But I guess not then…because I couldn’t find anything except two futons online with no prices and an Ashley Furniture logo.

The next morning, I was hoping and praying that they have some futons to look out. But if you’ve ever been to Ashley Furniture in Lexington on Man O’ War…I swear it is in the weirdest little hidey hole ever. I had to drive circles around the place just to figure out how to get into their parking lot. UGH.

What makes matters even worse is the fact that they’re futon count was ZERO. After so much hope and time put into Ashley Furniture, I was without luck. So, what do we do in this situation? We eat.

So, we decided to take a break and stop by Cosi in Hamburg to get some lunch. It was good, but then again, I would say that about any food.

After Cosi, we realized that there was a Value City Furniture right across the street. So, we decided to stop by and take a look.

AND YOU GUESS WHAT.

VALUE CITY HAD A PRETTY DARN HIGH FUTON COUNT (LIKE 7-8) AND WE ORDERED A FUTON AT A REASONABLE PRICE AND ITS COMFORTABLE AND PERFECT AND IT WILL BE HERE TUESDAY TO PICK UP.

Seriously, it even has storage under it to store blankets and crap. Hopefully it fits in my car, and I don’t have to pay $99 to deliver it a couple miles…

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Thanks for reading,

Yin Chen