Thought Provoking Being a College Student Is...  

Ellie Best
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List Rules Any words that complete the sentence 'Being a student is...' from your own experience, or stories heard!

Being a student isn't always as easy as it sounds. Sure, there are the parties, the booze, the moving away from home and living without your parents - but there's also a whole lot of stress, worry, studying, and exams. It's an experience everyone lives differently, affected by location, campus size, their major. There is no one word to sum up being a student, as there are so many different ways to look at it, but this list attempts to cover every element. 

What is it like being a student? This collection of descriptions has it covered, with everything from how being a student is an investment in your future, to how sometimes it can nevertheless be dull. There are opportunities everywhere you turn in student life, if only you can be bothered to take them, and sometimes you meet friends who will stay with you for life. Keep an eye out for that one word you feel describes what being a student is really like. 

Think there is some advice for students missing? Then add it to the list! Be sure to vote on the words you think perfectly sum up student life, and downvote the ones you don't agree with. 

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Expensive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Expensive Living on a budget is not easy - and student living isn't cheap!

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Challenging is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Challenging Pushing the boundaries of what you know with increasingly difficult theories.

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Stressful is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Stressful A particularly bad symptom during exam season.

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Exhausting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Exhausting Day after day of 9 am lectures can really get to you.

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Rewarding is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Rewarding It's all worth it when you come out with a degree.

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Demanding is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Being a College Student Is...
DitteDanhäll added Demanding When You Know That After You Finished The One Thing Put Highest on The Study To-do List There Are Ten More Things Left.

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An Investment In Your Future is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Being a College Student Is...
An Investment In Your Future Bettering yourself for the adult world and getting the job you dreamed of.

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Frustrating is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Frustrating With a more independent learning style, not being helped through everything can be hard.

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Having Opportunity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Having Opportunity Internships, experience, volunteering - endless opportunities.

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Difficult is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Difficult You will be pushed to the limit in class and sometimes struggle to stay on top of the work.

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Intense is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Intense Three novels a week, four papers, five writing assignments - the list goes on.

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High Pressure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Being a College Student Is...
High Pressure Working to deadlines.

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Exciting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Exciting New friends! New home! New subject matter! New alcohol! New experiences! 

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Independent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Independent Moving away from your parents and taking responsibility for yourself.

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Enlightening is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Enlightening You can learn new things about yourself by broadening the mind.

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Making Friends is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Making Friends You'll meet some lifetime companions at college, guaranteed.

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Fun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Fun There's always an event happening or new things to try.

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Revealing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Revealing Certain people and certain places can teach you about qualities you didn't know you had.

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Illuminating is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Illuminating You learn a lot about other people and how to interact in certain situations.

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Surprising is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Surprising You discover hidden talents and passions!

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Repetitive is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Repetitive Going over the same material again and again and again...

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A Time for Networking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Being a College Student Is...
A Time for Networking Perfect time to network and get yourself known in the business world.

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Scary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Scary It can be overwhelming, working towards a degree and adult life.

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A Way to Grow Up Fast is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Being a College Student Is...
A Way to Grow Up Fast You might not feel ready, but you're practically an adult now.

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Boring is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Boring There's always that one class that sends you to sleep.

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Debt with No Hope is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Being a College Student Is...
DennisCoulter added Debt with No Hope

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Confusing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Alaina Hillman added Confusing Doing things you're not used to, can often be very confusing. 

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All Nighters at the Library is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Being a College Student Is...
All Nighters at the Library Guaranteed to happen the night before a deadline or big exam.

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Surreal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Surreal Some weird stuff can happen when you start somewhere new.

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To Be Eternally Poor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Being a College Student Is...
To Be Eternally Poor ...and eat a diet of $1 noodles for months.

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Fun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Fun

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Having Housemates is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Having Housemates A steep learning curve that gives you great friends.

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Alcoholic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Alcoholic Drinking is a staple of student culture, a way to meet new people, and forget them by the next morning.

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Oskar Dirlewanger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Being a College Student Is...
JiříBazika added Oskar Dirlewanger

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Playing Drinking Games is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Being a College Student Is...
Playing Drinking Games The standard way of interaction in dorms, especially at the start of semester.

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One Long Lie In is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Being a College Student Is...
One Long Lie In Let's face it: it's rare for a student to actually TURN UP to class.