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3 Ways College Can Make You Impossibly Lazy (And How to Avoid This)


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A college campus can be the most lively, entertaining and energetic place on earth. But, as I have learned from experience, college life also has the strange ability to cultivate laziness. Bet you’ve never read that in a college brochure before! The many fantastic services and conveniences available to college students, both in and out of the classroom, can quickly turn anyone into a couch potato.

Here are three of the most tempting ways that college life can make you impossibly lazy and, most importantly, my tips for avoiding this:

1. No Dress Code

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It’s true, literally anything goes, fashion-wise, on a college campus. While your high school might have had a dress code or uniform policy, you can technically wear whatever you want to a college class – pajama pants and ripped, stained old tees included. And when that 8 AM class rolls around, it can sometimes be tempting to jump out of bed and head to class without a second look in the mirror.

While I fully support wearing comfortable clothes, there is a distinct line between being comfortable and being sloppy. And just because anything is allowed doesn’t mean you should wear anything you want. Like we always say here at CF, it really is important to show you care about the way you present yourself. It sends a message to those around you that you respect yourself, and you respect them as well. Plus, you will feel much more confident walking into class knowing that you are putting your best foot forward.

2. Delivery Food

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In a college town, every corner is home to a different fast food place. In addition, they are all extremely accommodating when it comes to delivery service. Many deliver late into the night, and there are even private companies that will deliver food from restaurants that don’t offer their own service. Even worse, websites like Foodler and GrubHub allow you to place an order in seconds, without even speaking to a human.

While it may be tempting to forgo the cooking and cleanup, don’t do it! Especially if you have access to your own kitchen, cooking at home is typically healthier and will help save money. If you absolutely cannot resist the temptation (or your live in a kitchenless dorm), get some exercise and skip the delivery costs by going out to get food. If it seems too late to go out to a restaurant, chances are it’s also probably too late to be eating. As amazing as that 1 AM pizza may sound, trust me… the Freshman (and Sophomore and Junior and Senior) 15 does exist!

3. Online Classes

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A huge benefit to college is the availability of online classes. The prospect of completing a whole course without having to leave the warmth of your own bed is such a thrill. You can take the class at your own pace, and be comfortable while doing so.

With an online class, though, you may quickly lose motivation to ever leave your bed! Taking a class from home can also lead to distractions, which will decrease the quality of your work. And you forgo the social interaction that you would experience in a typical classroom setting.

If you do find yourself in an online course, at least try to switch up the setting in which you complete your work. Whether it’s the coffee shop next door or a library on campus, a change of scenery will lead to more productivity and some healthy socializing. Give it a try and you’ll see what I mean!

Sometimes “lazy” is OK!

I could go on and on about the ways in which college could potentially turn you into the laziest person in the world. (Ever heard of grocery delivery service?) But if you can avoid the temptation for the most part, don’t feel guilty about a lazy day every now and then! Everyone deserves time to kick back and relax. I believe that is why Sundays exist.

Your thoughts?

Have you experienced the temptation to chill just a little too much in college? How do you resist the urge? What other college conveniences have made it easy to be lazy? Write us a comment and let us know what you think!

Posted on on January 13, 2013 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , ,

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11 Responses to “3 Ways College Can Make You Impossibly Lazy (And How to Avoid This)”

  1. 1
    January 13th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I’m a teacher now and we do have a dress code at school, but you’d still be surprised at the number of TEACHERS who wear slippers and sweatpants at school! It looks very unprofessional and even makes you act lazy. I think when you have a job, it’s definitely important to show you care about how you look.

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    January 13th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Recently I’ve been swamped with January deadlines and exams, while my hallmates have not been, meaning they’re playing loud music until four am while I’m lying in bed bitterly thinking of how I have to be up in three hours. A few days ago it suddenly hit me that once I had my exams out of the way, there was technically no one to stop me spending the whole day in bed. Or even two days, if I felt so inclined.
    Suffice to say, I may have taken this revelation a mite too far. :P

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    January 13th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I agree with most of this, but I’ve taken online classes and you most definitely cannot take them at your own pace. In fact, I found it took more motivation to do the work because I didn’t actually have to leave my apartment. I had to watch all of the lectures on my own, and if I didn’t finish an assignment it was shut down and I couldn’t access it at all–no late work accepted.

    I guess this article makes them sound like the easy way out but that’s definitely not the case!

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    January 13th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I agree with Caitlin that online classes can be really difficult. My last online class wasn’t that intense, but we had specific due dates for exams, and forcing myself to stay on a schedule to finish the lectures on time was a challenge. Online classes are NOT the easy class that most people think they are. I only took it because I needed another class and couldn’t fit another face-to-face class into my schedule.

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    January 13th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I have 2 kids in college – one lives At home, the other is Away, and in a dorm.
    The student who lives away in the dorm is Required by the college to purchase a ‘meal plan’ – and even tho we purchase the minimum, she says she still has to keep on track and eat enough in the cafe to spend all the money (because it is not refundable).. The dorms do have a community kitchen so she could cook and likes to but because they force us to buy Their meal plan, it means she will be essentially ‘Dining Out’ for 4 years of her life with no cleanup other than her own laundry.. Four Years of dining out – I wish!

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    January 14th, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I disagree with your statement: “It sends a message to those around you that you respect yourself, and you respect them as well.” It’s these kinds of statement that promote bullying, anxiety and debt.
    My first year of university I went to study in Europe. I had not bought clothes in 10 years because I have always had to wear a school uniform, so I had a limited wardrobe. ( I’m petite and I can still fit into clothes I bought when I was 12. Why throw away good clothes.) During recess I had 3 girls come up to me and said loudly ( in a crowded cafeteria): Why do you always look so poor and unfashionable. Don’t you know that when you look poor and unstylish you make the rest of look bad. How hard can it be to buy clothes. So I told them: I am poor because unlike you I don’t live at home. If you want you can help me by giving me a donation so I can buy clothes. It would be greatly appreciated. They were shocked.
    Do you know that no one would talk to me or associate with me for THREE years because I couldn’t afford to buy the 100 euro clothes, bags and shoes the others were wearing. I respect myself but I don’t think it’s nice to be so judgemental and harsh.

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    January 14th, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Carrie, looking presentable has nothing to do with being fashionable. It means taking the time to look cleanly and like you care. Just throwing on wrinkled, ill-fitting clothes or pajamas looks sloppy and un-hygienic. If you take a second to put actual clothes on, it can earn you respect, because in reality, presentation of yourself does matter. Doesn’t mean buying brand names or dressing to look like everyone else. It means taking the time to care and also wearing clothes you love. Those girls who were rude to you are not who the article is talking about when it says getting respect. They are petty and focused on the wrong things.

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    January 14th, 2013 at 5:36 am

    China, my clothes were clean and ironed without holes. In fact I was wearing a leather jacket, jeans, sneakers and a tee. My clothes have never fitted me properly because I’m really petite. (I usually shop in the children’s section. And I still need to take in my clothes.) People should be able to wear WHATEVER they want free of judgement. My fellow students felt that because my clothes (to them) were not “presentable” means that I did not deserve respect. Equating self respect or any kind of respect with clothes, make up or any other external factor, means that people overlook more important thing like character, intelligence and kindness. Yes, they were petty, but they had the same opinion.

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    January 14th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for this article! I’ve been taking online classes and recently realized I’m starting to become lazy because I don’t leave my house. You also feel like you’re in a rut. This new semester is about to start & I plan on getting out of my house more often. Thanks for suggesting coffee shops & libraries!

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    January 14th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for this article. Being on break for 6 weeks has made me lazy. Sometimes I only leave my house twice a week. I also think getting into a routine even if you don’t plan on going anywhere will help. My mom always told me to get up at my normal time, workout out, shower, and get dressed. She always told me you get more done during the day if you get dressed and do something and don’t sleep til 12.

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