The 10 Commandments for College Students

Easter is less than a week away, and that got me thinking. One of our Easter traditions at home is to watch “The Ten Commandments.” When in college, there are also certain guidelines we students should follow to survive this crazy time in our lives. I give you “The 10 Commandments for College Students”!

  1. Honor thy professors.

Life will go a whole lot easier if you don’t question what they tell you to do… and ALWAYS read the syllabus.

2. Thou shalt not use a source in a paper without properly citing it.

Plagiarism will get you kicked out of school, so don’t try it. APA, MLA, Chicago – so many styles, so little time.

  1. Thou shall purchase expensive textbooks you will never use.

Use the book as a door stop instead of a reference. We’ve all been there. At least, you will probably get $4.95 in book buy-back at the end of the semester.

  1. Thou shall not sleep.

Never getting enough sleep is basically a given when in college. There’s always something you should be doing rather than sleeping.

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  1. Thou shall wait until the night before to study for an exam.

So many regrets. But, for some reason, we all keep trying it. Maybe we like living on the edge. Maybe we like failing. Procrastination is a college sport.

  1. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s GPA.

There’s no reason to want something you aren’t willing to work hard to achieve. Raise your own GPA instead of worrying about others’.

  1. Thou shall survive on caffeine and pizza alone.

Coffee is a way of life. And, when you go to UofL, like me, it’s Papa Johns. All day. Every day.

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  1. Thou bank account shall always be overdrawn.

It’s a good day when you check your bank account and you think you have $1.00 and you really have $3.00!

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  1. Thou shall worship the teams of your college and have no other teams before them.

Every t-shirt in your closet probably has your school’s insignia plastered on the front in big bold school colors. For my friends and me, it’s red and black all the way! Go Cards!

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  1. Thou shall not cheat.

You know, they never prosper.

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One More Night to Go Crazy

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If you see me today, I’ll be showing off my third Maroon 5 concert shirt. My first Maroon 5 experience was a concert at the stunning Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. That was all the way back in 2013. It was a Christmas gift from my uncle, and my fascination with one of the hottest pop bands today was solidified.

Then, again in 2015 I got to see Adam Levine and the crew jam out in Louisville’s own KFC Yum! Center. I remember being excited to come to the town that I knew would be my home someday.  Our tickets were closer to the stage in Louisville, and I got some up-close looks at Adam.

Another two years later, in 2017, I found myself listening to my favorite band for “one more night” in Cincinnati this weekend in what was the best of the three Maroon 5 concerts I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.

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They paid tribute to three pop icons who have recently passed. Adam came out wearing a George Michael inspired look complete with 5 o’ clock shadow, leather jacket, and ripped jeans. They played an instrumental tribute to Bowie, and for the grand finale, they swathed Bank One Arena in purple as they rocked Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy!” This was especially interesting for me since my mom was at the concert with me, and that was a song she listened to when she was in college.

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In between, we got all their top hits for what was a raucous, enthused Cincinnati crowd. We even got to hear two of their newer singles, “Don’t Wanna Know” and “Cold.”

Of course, Adam sang everyone’s favorite “She Will Be Loved” to make for a memorable end to the night. All in all, it was quite an incredible show! Now, I need to find a pay phone so I can spend all my money on some sugar! I can’t wait until two more years have passed because I’m sure to see Adam another time by 2019. Ultimately, I hope to go to a fifth V concert to collect another t-shirt.