The Unofficial Guide To College, According To Rory Gilmore

Coffee, pizza, and Paris are all you need.

1. Coffee is just as essential as breathing.

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Even if you hate the taste of coffee, you’ll end up loving it because it sustains you.

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2. You’re going to make a lot of unexpected friends and that’s just half the fun.

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You’ll have the first friends you made, your study buddies, and the friends that decided you’d make a great addition to their life.

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3. Late night food binges are simultaneously the greatest and worst thing when you’re older, because your stomach won’t be able to handle it.

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This is the only time in your life you’ll be able to do this without your stomach deeply regretting it in the morning.

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4. Dealing with people is hard sometimes.

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Everyone will get on your nerves, just probably not as much as Paris did for Rory.

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5. Study hard, party never, and go home often.

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If you’re burying yourself in student loans, you might as well learn as much as you can. Plus, your desk at home is probably much better than the overpacked library.

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6. And when bad grades happen, just know that it’s not the end of the world.

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And remember that ice cream, pizza, and beer heal all wounds, especially a C+.

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7. Indulge yourself in anything.

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Like Rory, eat pizza as much you want, never fail to grab a Poptart for breakfast, and don’t let anyone try to and change any habit you truly love.

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8. Don’t try and plan out everything in your life.

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As much as you might like writing out pro and con lists as part of your life plan, it’s sometimes better to go with the flow.

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9. But do plan for the future, because it will come sooner than you think.

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Having a plan post-graduation isn’t a bad idea at all, even if that plan involves a lot of Netflix while pumping out cover letters.

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10. You will see questionable things and you’ll learn to accept it.

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Seeing casual naked people and Quidditch will become as normal to you as eating in no time.

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11. Sleep in as much as you want because even if your 19-year-old self doesn’t deserve it, your 28-year-old future self definitely does.

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In the real world, weekends are the only time to sleep in and you won’t be able to stay in bed past 10 a.m.

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12. Try new experiences — even if they are scary and you have to do it alone.

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Try out for acapella or go to a party alone — no one is judging you but yourself.

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13. Date whomever you want, but don’t let it consume you or become unhealthy.

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Relationships are great, but if they become a burden and make you unhappy, it’s not worth it.

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14. Challenge yourself in all that you do.

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Whether it’s taking a statistics course, studying abroad, or taking five classes even though maybe you shouldn’t, still give everything your best effort.

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15. Stay aware of world events outside your college bubble.

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Try and know both when the next party is as well as the next election date.

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16. You’ll get bored but that’s your chance to try something new.

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Will your major bore you at you some point? Probably and that’s when you should pick up a minor or try out a new club.

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17. You will fall in and out of love with college.

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You’ll wish you were in the workforce already or wonder if you should’ve gone somewhere else, until it’s senior year and you start to remember everything that makes this place special.

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18. The real world is daunting and you’ll start to become more comfortable with the idea of having to get a job.

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You’ve heard it all before but it’s true — everyone starts out small and doing hundreds of internships before they finally land the job they’ve always wanted.

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19. Don’t forget all the people who’ve helped you along the way.

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Whoever that is, always remember that they were the ones always encouraging you and giving you as much support as you needed.

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20. Stay true to your weird self.

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College is the time to really let your freak flag fly because why not?

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21. Life is all you’ve got so “oy with the poodles already!”

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There are silver linings in everything and pancakes always waiting for you at some diner!

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