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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yerawitchSam13
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1 year ago

This couldn't be more fucking true.

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tuzdayschild
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1 year 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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1 year ago

We might be related Adam.

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Kate Yeti
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1 year ago

Been there. It's a valuable life skill.

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Molly Universe
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1 year 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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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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Molly Universe
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

Bonnie Clyde
Community Member
1 year ago

There's a lot of folks who rack up a ton of debt as students because they think they'll be able to pay it off fast - but instead sabotage their lives and economic progression terribly. The sooner they get a reality check the better.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

If your dream job is an entry level position that has nothing to do with your degree sure.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I say go for it and tell her. That will cause her to grow a rebellious spirit that will lead her to success just to prove you wrong. I'm not even kidding here. Well, half-kidding, if I may say...

Godspeed
Community Member
1 year ago

She'll come to her own realization while standing behind the cash register at Walmart. "Next please".

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

If her parents own the company, then she may be right, but otherwise, she has to be both outstanding in her field and extremely lucky.

Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

YES :p

PaulV
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, you don't know what her dream job is. Maybe it's at the family corporation, maybe it's Starbucks.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

How are kids raised to be that shielded from reality? Parents are doing them no favors raising them in such a secluded bubble.

Shawna Lay
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree with Craig. My mom had a 2 year degree and started off making 40k a year in the 80's and my dad had a 4 year degree and started at 80k. That's just not a possibility for our generation. Many adults don't realize this and think that a degree and hard work is all you need. But most of the time your hard work at a job gets you more work with no pay raise.

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TheDivineMs.M
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1 year ago

Let her be ignorantly blissful

Bonnie Clyde
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah ha ha ha! Oh, that poor dear. It's going to be one hell of a rude awakening.

Trash Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

I wouldn't say anything. She just may very well have that dream job in 4 years. All this life shit is really a mystery as it unfolds around us.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 year ago

Give her 4 years of peace--reality will come soon enough.

Pavel
Community Member
1 year ago

Well this happend to me, so why not. :)

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 year ago

Let her be surprised. The school of hard knocks teaches the best lessons

RME
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1 year ago

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Katie Jones
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1 year ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Florence Hastings
Community Member
1 year ago

Who knows? It might be, but I’ll bet it won’t be the one she thinks.

Pippa Runs
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahahaha!!!!

Teri Donovan
Community Member
1 year ago

Apparently her dream job is entry level in a cubicle somewhere.

Mark Morey
Community Member
1 year ago

No, she’ll figure it out.

Meami
Community Member
1 year ago

Freshman. SMH...

Mairlady
Community Member
1 year ago

naw, let her find out on her own!

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Do people really think that these days?

Lira Mai
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha....

TheExtremeSmell
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1 year ago

Target is her dream job though?

George Hudacko
Community Member
1 year ago

And owe 3o years of payments with no husband.

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Kjorn
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1 year 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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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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Jill Ferguson
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1 year ago

Awesome.

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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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Molly Universe
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1 year 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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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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Missetho
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1 year 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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1 year ago

I’d be the second.

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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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Anise Elie
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1 year ago

Organic Chem 1 & 2

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

That would be me, can’t stand coffee.

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Jill Ferguson
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1 year ago

Like buyer’s remorse

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Kaisu
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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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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Jill Ferguson
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1 year ago

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

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Diego Cabrerizo
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1 year ago

In Brazil we have to take all the classes in the course. We can't chose what to take, even if we hate it, or if it has no relevance. Sad.

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kalle1724
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1 year ago

Invention is the Mother of Necessity

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

I'd read it

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Casey C
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1 year ago

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

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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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