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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9 months ago

I hated group projects.

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yerawitchSam13
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9 months ago

This couldn't be more fucking true.

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tuzdayschild
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9 months ago

Kent is going to get diarrhea.

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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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tuzdayschild
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9 months ago

We might be related Adam.

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Kate Yeti
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9 months ago

Been there. It's a valuable life skill.

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Molly Universe
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9 months ago

Ya know. Assuming they have enough money for cars.

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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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9 months 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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9 months ago

Freedom!

Bredan TheGreat
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9 months ago

Coffee!

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Master Markus
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9 months ago

That's weird. In most of my classes there would be at least one person who got a coffee or something similar and brought it in without issue.

Jessica
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9 months ago

This is the embodiment of nope. She put in the effort to wake up, buy something to keep her awake, and get herself to school. The moment she gets in the class to get an education, She gets called out, told she can't have the drink she bought herself (and let's be honest probably needed because caffeine addiction is a mother) Not to mention the complete lack of insight to her mental health and personal life. I totally get being so close to loosing it that getting told you can't get your ridiculously expensive education over needing a damn cup of coffee?! I totally get the overwhelming not today satan response. Expecting respect without putting forward respect and consideration that you are dealing with a grow

Jessica
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9 months ago

Grown ass human being is like kicking someone and expecting a thank you.

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Id row
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9 months ago

Yeah, that girl is going to go far in the real world. Employers love that kind of attitude.

F Griffits
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9 months ago (edited)

I would have walked out too. Coffee is expensive and she might have been relying on it to get her through the class. Never had an employer whose had an issue with anyone drinking coffee at work.

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Mimi M
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9 months ago

I told my students: Snacks and drinks are okay, but meals are not. And if you bring a crinkly snack (like a bag of chips or wrapped candies), empty them out on a napkin or paper towel on your desk before class starts.

Steve Cruz
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9 months ago

I had a similar experience in college. A woman walked in with a can of iced tea. The professor told her to throw it out. She said, "I read the rules and that isn't one of them. If you don't want drinks brought into class, you can be polite and ask: I'm an adult." The professor approached her as if she was going to take the drink. The woman said forcefully: "IF YOU TOUCH ME, I WILL DEFEND MYSELF." The prof assigned reading, then wrote on the board: "No eating or drinking in class." The next day it was on the door. A few months later the prof was gone -- never found out if she was cut or quit.

Florence Hastings
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9 months ago

Good for her!

Meyer Weinstock
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9 months ago

My story from over a decade past is: a student came in an 11AM class almost an hour late, and had not shown up for some weeks; she also had turned in no assignments. She comes in, slowly, and sits, half-asleep. I was, incidentally, lecturing on federal vs state law in America, and used my oft example of a certain herbal leaf used for smoking (among other things). She shouted out... "But....I have a card from the doctor! I can use it!" The class began to murmur in quiet laughter. I merely responded that it is a still a federal crime, even if our state does not enforce federal laws. She jumped up, shouting "Oh, s##t!" and ran out of the classroom. I never saw her again. -Dr M, ret prof

Terri Rimmer
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9 months ago

When I was in college in the 80s you could bring food and drinks into class.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
9 months ago

So was I, and we couldn't. Where did you attend?

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Kelly
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9 months ago

No respect for school. Stay at home.

Stephenie Stone
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9 months ago

Suddenly you realize you have a choice! If the prof is a jerk, drop the class and get another.

Randall Thomas
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9 months ago

"You can't have that here!" "Later, sucka!"

Mer
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9 months ago

I kind of can't blame her. Prof sounds rude; I never had a problem bringing drinks into class.

Gwen R Bowers
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8 months ago

Good for her!

Carol Tietsworth
Community Member
9 months ago

Once I was taking attendance in pfa court, and a victim and her ride came in with 2 coffees and a bag of donuts and proceded to sit themselves down in the back of the courtroom. When I told them they couldn't have them in the room they looked at me like I couldn't tell them that, so I went and told the bailiff. The judge would have been in a foul mood if he'd have seen that.

Jessica
Community Member
9 months ago

Probably would have stood outside the door, made direct eye contact, and chugged that shit like it was a damn beer bong and caffeine buzz my way through the whole thing.

Jennifer
Community Member
9 months ago

Abuse of power, good for her.

Debbie Felsinger
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9 months ago

Anyone remember that giant step from 8th grade to highschool?? You know, when we were stoked because we could finally chew gum in class?

Islandgrl
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9 months ago

I can't endorse being rude. No matter what, have some manners people

BASMA AL BANNA
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9 months ago

That's what I call "prioritization"

Rowlie
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9 months ago

Priorities

Id row
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8 months ago

Princess is in for a rude awakening in the real world.

John Backus
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9 months ago

The prof's are stupid and couldn't make it a manufacturing job !

Origami Chik3n
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9 months ago

"Never" after "yesterday" sounds like a LONG time.

Sean Harrison
Community Member
9 months ago

I had an instructor tell me that once, my reply was that I was paying to be here. I sat down (with my drink) and he never said another word about it.

kurisutofu
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9 months ago

Just because you're paying for something does not mean you should not respect the place you are in. Are you one of those using cellphones at the cinema? After all, you paid for it.

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Barbara Vandewalle
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9 months ago

Or the middle aged couple who walked into church with their Star bucks.

Kelly Hartle
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9 months ago

Soon you learn that in his classroom, the professor is God.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
9 months ago

That's how we get rid of slackers.

Kjorn
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9 months ago

Starbucks takes too much place in her life

Carson Skjerdal
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9 months ago

Could've made it herself

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Pippa Runs
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9 months ago

So privileged.

Pace Frehley
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9 months ago

Have done the same. You're the professors boss. Own it.

Pace Frehley
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9 months ago

It's a great lesson for the professor how economics works.

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George Hudacko
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9 months ago

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Hope she got an F. Entitled little B(*&h. Tell mommy and daddy not to waste the $$$ just auction her off on a marriage site.

C
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9 months ago

Why so insulting?

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Leah Helbig
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9 months ago

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I had a professor tell me something similar about a soda I told him I pay your salary with my tuition which technically makes me your boss come try to take it. Never said another word

TheExtremeSmell
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9 months ago

That never happened

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What's In Your Head?
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9 months ago

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Why would you walk into a class with an iced coffee in the first place? It's bad manners, really.

Kaisu
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9 months ago

Why is it bad manners? People in my uni lectures are always drinking coffee or tea or water or soda, what does that matter?

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Molly Universe
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9 months ago

There's literally a rule in my high school that teachers may not express political opinions. Nobody cares, though, and they do it anyway. #ExposeKidsToPolitics

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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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tuzdayschild
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9 months ago

No, don't. Life will smack her upside the head. There's no need for you to do it too.

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Kjorn
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9 months ago

i Always do that. i do all the easy ones. come back for the rest after

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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9 months 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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Jill Ferguson
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9 months ago

Awesome.

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Lauren Caswell
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9 months ago

Lol omg I love it that's cute

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Chris
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9 months 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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Molly Universe
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9 months ago

I don't dress up much, so when I do I get the reaction of "Why are you all dressed up?" Because I want to be!

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queen...<3
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9 months 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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9 months ago

Agreed.

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Jill Ferguson
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9 months ago

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

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Missetho
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9 months ago

well, if there is only one likely answer it is not really a MULTIPLE CHOICE exam is it? ;-D Consider yourself lucky already, in Europe, college exams are redactions and you have to write a full essay on a topic for exams...fewer chances to grab points out of luck!

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Reilly Beryll
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9 months ago

I’d be the second.

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Foxxy
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9 months 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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Anise Elie
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9 months ago

Organic Chem 1 & 2

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Foxxy
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9 months ago

That would be me, can’t stand coffee.

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Jill Ferguson
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9 months ago

Like buyer’s remorse

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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9 months ago

I remember when they kept telling us that we won't carry calculators around with us in the real world. * holds up smartphone

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April Simnel
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9 months ago

College in the UK=sixth form, to take A levels and uni entrance exams, right? The US doesn't have that. The closest thing to it is in New York State and is called the Regents' Exam. Otherwise, you just pass all your classes, pass those classes' final exams, get a diploma and go by age 17-18. No O-levels here. No gap years here (maybe the very rich teens do that, but it's not at all common). IF you want a uni degree, you take the SAT or the ACT during your senior year of high school (these are more comprehensive than A- or O-levels), and supposedly unis look at that score along with your grades and participation in school teams and community service. "College" in the US is synonymous with uni, usually starts at age 18, after high school, and usually lasts until age 21, when one gets a Bachelor of Arts or Science (e.g. "I have a BA in History"). Then one can go on to graduate school for a Masters or a professional degree, like for law or medicine, and then on to a PhD if one wishes.

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SykesDaMan
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9 months ago

"Life is a b*** and then you die!"

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Kaisu
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9 months ago

True, when I started uni I cared so much about grades, but now I've come to realise that grades aren't everything

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The Girl on Fire
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9 months ago

I would not show people's full email addresses on twitter....

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Molly Universe
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9 months ago

OMG THIS IS SO TRUUUUUUUU

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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9 months ago

Bret Kavanaugh

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Kaisu
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9 months 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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9 months 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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Jill Ferguson
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9 months ago

College prof: Can somebody hold my baby? Daycare is closed today.

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Tia Fannen
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9 months ago

One of the big complaints about the American college/university system is the amount of time and money students waste on classes they're forced to take that have absolutely nothing to do with their degree. For example, I was pre-med and had to take Theater Appreciation. Some think it's this way so the people who are tenured professors will always have students in their classes regardless of how pertinent or popular the classes actually are, and how well (or in some cases, how poorly) the professors teaching style becomes.

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kalle1724
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9 months ago

Invention is the Mother of Necessity

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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9 months ago

I'd read it

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Casey C
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9 months ago

Migos should have been option A, quite the missed opportunity there.

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Daria B
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9 months ago

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

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