It might look like high school and college are separated by only a few, short, glorious summer months, but the reality is very different. The two are worlds apart! There are so many valuable things that you learn almost immediately after going through the college gates that it’s remarkable. Obvious things that you would never have even considered back in school.

Because both autumn and the brand new school year are upon us, here is a list of the unexpected things that people might not teach you in high school but that you learn almost instantly in college. Scroll down and upvotes your faves, and write us a comment about which things you enjoyed the most and why. After you’re done reading this article, have a look at Bored Panda’s fun lists about all the hilarious posts about college that will make you laugh, then cry, and the times broke college students proved they’re the smartest people ever.

(h/t Buzzfeed)

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

I hated group projects.

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Hans
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1 year ago

What you describe often also applies to University. There is only one reasonable consequence: make them change, by changing to a degree program, or maybe even another University, that cares for teaching. Those exist!

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PyroarRanger
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1 year ago

Okay that seems like something I would do

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People start college and university at very different times each year: some of you are already busy studying (or partying, or both), while others will start in the next few weeks. Either way, there’s some common sense advice that freshmen need to hear.

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Yvonne Blau
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1 year ago

learning how to use punctuation might also help...

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Reilly Beryll
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1 year ago

This is . . . very clever. I will try this.

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Reilly Beryll
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1 year ago

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MAYBE YOU SHOULD USE THE RAZOR SCOOTERS

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Kelly Corrigan writes in The New York Times that it’s important to know how to cook nutritious food and to have a basic working knowledge about money and saving before starting your studies.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

One has authority until the moment when they're forced to apply it. (Corto Maltese)

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Hans
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1 year ago

Freedom!

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Nah, in my experience, they were equally explicit both in high school and university. It's just that in high school, those who weren't neutral, half of them were conservatives, while in university, it was generally taught as cool to be liberal / progressive.

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Corrigan also adds that basic things like keeping your dorm room door open and saying ‘hi’ to people around campus can work wonders for your social life. What’s more, you should never be pressured into drinking if you don’t want to — playing tabletop games with a few close friends is a perfectly fine way to spend your Friday night.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

YES :p

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AP
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1 year ago

This makes sense. If you come back to it, something else on the test might have jogged your memory so when you go back, you can answer it.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

This is my territory and I shall defend it at all costs!

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But let’s not forget what college is really about — exercising your brain and growing as a person. So be sure to put in the effort during lectures and seminars: sit in front; participate; ask questions; meet with your professors; do the work; put in the effort.

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Reilly Beryll
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1 year ago

Imagine his face if he was told this information.

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Lauren Caswell
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1 year ago

Lol omg I love it that's cute

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Chris
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1 year ago

Mate, wait until you get to 40 and have a life, a job, and children to deal with... at which point your body starts falling to pieces for no reason :)

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But remember, there are some things that no one can tell you and that you’ll have to find out for yourself. Dear Pandas, how has your college experience been so far? What awesome, funny, and unexpected lessons did you learn there?

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CiscoZulfikar
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1 year ago

It's true! Sometimes colleges student really diesn't care of what they're wearing

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queen...<3
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1 year ago

My teachers do this to me in high school lmao. They are always talking about email etiquette, and they don't use it half the time but get mad if we don't.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

Agreed.

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Jill Ferguson
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1 year ago

....and let’s have a Snuggie party this weekend! Who needs a toga anyway?

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Daria B
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1 year ago (edited)

Vice versa for me. Yeah, I was smarter in university.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

I don't think half of them are from the deep south.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Self care is very important. I often give my daughter one day a term a day off and call it a mental health day. As someone who suffers severe depression, I know the importance of looking after ones wellbeing.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

This is one reason I am putting off doing a course because of the studying. I don’t do well in theory work and my memory is shocking.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

That would be me, can’t stand coffee.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

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You should have 'gone' at least to try to correct your dreadful level of English.

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Wyomudder
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1 year ago

...and reads it word for word off of the screen. Like seriously, you know I can read right? Also, please send that out so I can print it at the library for $7 and know exactly what to study.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

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I don't like how BP is so America-centred these days. There's so much language that I don't understand of this thread and I'm English.

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PyroarRanger
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1 year ago

My whole life right here

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

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If you think college is tough, you should see what university is like! :D

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This explains a lot about the educational standards in the US.

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Molly Universe
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1 year ago

OMG THIS IS SO TRUUUUUUUU

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

Bret Kavanaugh

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

I don't remember the last time I would've gone to bed before midnight

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

This is why Australian holidays are so much better. We have 4 terms of school. School usually starts mid to late January (depending on state) each term is approx 10 weeks and after each of the first 3 terms there is 2 weeks of holidays. Then after the fourth term there is 6 weeks of holidays from early to mid December to mid to late January. (Again depends on state, some states have a week difference).

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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

My brother dropped out of one of his courses because he wasted 6 months learning about something that had no relevance, he was bloody pissed off. He was so disappointed but ended up doing a different course instead.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

I'd read it

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Hannah Hartley
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1 year ago

I'm in 9th grade and I know that, lol

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Daria B
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1 year ago

If... we're... taaaalkiiiing about... love.... Then I have to tell you... Deeeeeear readeeeeeers.... ♬♪

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