Guest Post: Life In A Southern Town

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Happy Hump Day, everyone! Today's guest is one of my favorite blog buddies (though we all know it's wrong to have favorites). :) Jamie's a true southern soul and I love her to pieces. Check out her sweet blog and don't be afraid to say hello! :) 

Hey y'all, I'm Jamie.

I blog over at Life in a Southern Town.

I am so excited that Meagan has allowed me to guest post for her while she's away from her little corner of the web.  

I thought a lot about what to post about. Meagan and I have a lot in common. We love a good adult beverage, we both enjoy reading and have a small problem with collecting books, and we both know the pains and joys of long-distance relationships.

 Instead of writing about any of these topics though, I've decided to step outside the box a little and talk about college.

Yes, college.

Me and my RFFL at college graduation.

I know what you're thinking--I'm too old to still be talking about college. It's true, folks. I'm 29 years old young and it's been seven years since I received my bachelor's degree.

The famous Spires at my alma mater, Mercer University. {via}
But Meagan's hubby is about to embark on his college journey and I really miss my college days so I'm taking this opportunity making this my excuse to share with y'all the lessons I learned during my four years of undergrad!

Lesson #1

Don't live with your high school bestie!

My roommate my freshman year of college was one of my best friends from high school.  We had been fairly inseparable during our senior year of high school and the summers between school years so it only seemed right for us to live together in the dorms.

In hindsight, it was a terrible idea. 

Your first year of college is a time of growth and meeting new friends. Since I lived with someone who was already a good friend, I didn't spend as much time meeting new people. This made it especially hard to adjust when my friend left our university after freshman year.

The second issue with living with her was that because I had been her best friend, there were lots of issues with jealousy when I did meet new friends or spent large amounts of time with friends and she wasn't invited.

Needless to say, it was a rough year and sadly, she and I don't even speak anymore.

Lesson #2

Cafeteria food is the devil.

Especially when your cafeteria isn't very good and the only edible food is cheeseburgers and pasta.

Hello Freshman 40. Yuck!

Lesson #3

Volunteer your time.

My last year of college, I had to complete a volunteer internship for class credit. I worked at a local domestic violence shelter (which is now my employer of 7 years) with their children's program and while it was the hardest thing I'd ever done, it was also one of the most rewarding. 

Plus, most non-profits in college towns depend on volunteers to get their work done.

If it hadn't been for that internship, I'd likely not have my job today.

Lesson #4

Don't go home every weekend.

My university was sometimes referred to as a "suitcase college" because everyone packed up on the weekends and went home. 

While I am thankful for the time I had at home because I got to see my grandma and the rest of my family a lot, in hindsight, I missed out on a lot of fun on campus. 

Movie nights on the quad, parties at the local dive bar, opportunities to spend my Saturdays learning about the new city.

If I could do it again, I'd only go home once a month. Though I'm sure my mom would feel differently. ;)

Lesson #5


In situations like Meagan and Josh's, they've already been living "real life" for a while so this doesn't apply to them. But for the traditional college student, my advice is to soak up all the time you have in college because once you graduate, being a "grown up" ain't all it's cracked up to be! And you may think "oh, I've got four years". Trust me, that four years will fly by in the blink of an eye and then you'll wish you had all that "free time" and fun time back!

Thanks again to Meagan for this opportunity to take a trip down memory lane!

Y'all stop by my blog sometime and say hi. I look forward to meeting you!!


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