What it normally means: A classy drink you have with a nice meal.
Now it means: When you take it out of the box, you better slap the bag.
What it normally means: The physical act of washing your clothes. If you’re lucky, someone else does it for you.
Now it means: Doing laundry in college is sort of like the Olympics: It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it is a BIG deal.
What it normally means: A place where you check out books FOR FREE.
Now it means: A place you will find yourself twice a semester — midterms and finals — and won’t spend a minute more inside than you need to.
What it normally means: Back in the day, these were individual units of educational time in high school.
Now it means: You’ll go to some, you’ll skip others, and if you’re smart, you won’t schedule any before 11 a.m. or on Fridays.
What it normally means: In high school, they were about five pages long tops and followed the five paragraph structure.
Now it means: About 20 pages long, and you should have probably started it a tad earlier than the night before.
What it normally means: You hated when your teacher gave it to you in high school, but you did it anyway because it was graded.
Now it means: You’ll find out about two weeks into freshman year that you never, ever need to do the reading.
What it normally means: A method by which your teachers could assess your knowledge in a subject area every few weeks in high school.
Now it means: Now, half your semester grade comes from the midterm, and the other half from the final.
What it normally means: Four years of education with a little socializing built in.
Now it means: Where you become who you are, build lifelong friendships, and occasionally learn a little — with some strong drinks added in for good measure.
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