Uncool Becomes Cool in College

Uncool Becomes Cool in College

By Adam Buchalter

From first grade until twelfth grade, everybody lives in fear of being classified as “uncool.” Be afraid no longer! Once you arrive at college, almost everything that used to be uncool is now officially cool. Here are some examples of cool things formerly known as uncool. (Yes, this is a Prince reference, and yes, Prince is always cool.)

Parents
Any fear of being seen in public with your parents will evaporate soon after you move into that dorm. Sure, you’ll be embarrassed during your initial move-in, but so will everybody else in your dorm, so it all cancels out. Subsequent visits from the parental units are amazing, though, because they’ll usually result in a free dinner away from the dining hall. Aside from dinner, parents often bring essential dorm supplies, such as rice krispie treats, and if you’re lucky, perhaps even something homemade! Sharing homemade food with dormmates will bring you instant fame. You can thank mom and dad by calling them at least once every other day.

Braininess
There’s no denying the fact that intelligence is cool, but it’s possible that your football team may have had slightly better relationship luck than the members of your 16th century French Philosophers Appreciation Club. In college, this will change, because intelligence is not only cool, but it leads to good grad schools, good jobs, and inevitably good money, all of which are appealing to members of the opposite sex looking for something more serious than a date to the Junior Prom.

Kiddie TV Shows
You might not want to advertise your love of the TV series “Blue’s Clues” to your high school classmates, but in college, it’s an entirely different story. College students love to talk about all the cartoon shows that they used to watch growing up, because as they get closer to real life, college students like to regress and reminisce in an effort to ignore the impending realities of the “real world.” You will be the center of attention in the dining hall if you start up a conversation about how great “Rugrats” used to be.

Laundry
How awful was that day when mom announced that you’d have to start doing your own laundry? Yet in college, instead of wearing the same shirt ten days in a row in an effort to avoid the washer/dryer, now you’ll want to do your laundry as much as possible. In fact, you might purposely spill things on your shirts as an excuse to visit the laundry room. Why, you might ask? Because in college, the laundry room is the live version of Facebook—absolutely everybody is there and it’s a great place to meet new friends. The only real difference between the laundry room and Facebook is that you can’t go invisible if you don’t want to chat with people in the laundry room…unless you’re dorming at Hogwarts and you happen to be washing your invisibility cloak.

Early Classes
In high school, there was nothing cool about waking up early every day to go to class. Early classes in college, though, are very cool for a variety of reasons. None of the people in your class want to be awake at 8:30 a.m., and you’ll all bond over it. Perhaps you’ll even find that special someone as you complain to each other about your terrible schedules. Early classes are also cool because sometimes they’re so early that you’re still half-asleep, and sit in a dreamlike state while your professor lectures. If you’re the type of person who has interesting dreams, this might make class very cool. What could be better than a mixture of European history and talking llamas challenging you to a motorcycle race? Talking llamas are beyond cool.

What uncool activities do you think become cool in college?

Topics: parents, college, embarrassing things

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