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Are You Actually Ready For College?

Let's see how you stack up, class of 2019.

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    Check of everything you can HONESTLY answer with "yes."
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    Check of everything you can HONESTLY answer with "yes."

    I can do my own laundry.
    I know how to use fabric softener.
    I can call and make my own appointments.
    I know how to boil water.
    I know how to make pasta.
    I can make small talk with people at parties.
    I have a clear understanding of my alcohol tolerance.
    I know how to change my sheets.
    *IMPORTANT* I have a fun fact ready for any and all orientation icebreaker circles.
    I know HOW to study, not just that I need to.
    I know exactly which of my high school classmates, if any, are coming to my college and have a plan, for better or worse.
    I have a completely new name and persona ready to go if I totally flub orientation week.
    I know how to register for a class.
    I know how to make a pancake.
    I know more then three different kinds of beer, one of which does not suck.
    I have the emotional maturity not to cry in public.
    I am ready to let go of my emotional maturity so I don't get too upset the first time I cry in public.
    I have a good idea of how often my parents want me to call home.
    I have a large supply of candy to keep in my dorm room to make sure people want to be friends with me.
    I have dorm decorations that are neither Bob Marley nor Pink Floyd prints.
    I have at least one package of holiday lights to string around my room.
    I have brushed up on my Super Smash Bros. skills, just in case.
    I know how to read a book.
    I have highlighters.
    Pencils: I know what to do with them.
    I have bought or plan to buy at least one (1) package of condoms, if not for me than for my roommate who will be grateful.
    I have a playlist of songs to play to get me pumped for the first day of classes, exams, going out, and so forth.
    I am aware of and regularly practice enthusiastic consent for all activities both romantic and sexual.
    I've resigned myself to a life of debt following college and am A-OK with these consequences.
    Change does not frighten me.
    Change frightens me, but I can handle it.

Are You Actually Ready For College?

Oh dear. You need to go back over this list and get some stuff in order – stat!

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You've got the basics down but if you really want to rule the school you've got some more work to do!

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You're fairly prepared for college! Now just remember that everything is going to be very different than what you expect in every possible way.

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YOU'RE THE MAN/WOMAN/PERSON! You've got this whole college thing on lock. Get out there and have the best years of your life, and don't worry about the loans. You have the rest of your life to do that.

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