Five Wholesome Addictions You'll Get At College

By Rene Santana on July 22, 2019

Moving out of your parent’s house liberates you from all the responsibilities and obligations you’ve grown up with. You come to college, clean and, hopefully, without addictions. It’s awesome. But oh no! You haven’t had to pay bills, search for food, and work full time while studying for your eight classes. Yet, you somehow brave through that first quarter, gleaming from the spirit of McGyver to use the little you have to make the most of your time away from home. After surviving that first year, you learn to band with other students and traverse the tribulations of freshman year.

However, as you sleep in your days and eat all the food at your parent’s house, you think retrospectively to the dire choices you made to push through those awful nights studying and working. Let’s talk about those choices. Let’s open up and see what (wholesome) addictions you picked up after your first year at college. And you’re out of college for good, you could dealing with these same addictions too. But it’s okay because we’re here each other, right?

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Password Junkie

You know that feeling. Time’s up and your roommate hasn’t renewed their Netflix account. So you sum up the energy and courage to ask them if they’re going to renew it. As you’re getting ready to ask them, you realize how convoluted your request is and try to tell yourself that you are by no means anyway possibly or remotely somewhat needing help because you have an… addiction.

Yup and you know you are, but then you further find that it’s not just Netflix, but your borrowing your partner’s Amazon Prime password and your classmate’s Uber, and someone else’s Spotify, etc. I get it, you’re trying to save money, but what about when you’re out of college? I struggled with using my family member’s Netflix account but found tranquil freedom when I made and used my own Netflix account. You, too, can experience that same feeling. Until then, maybe start by offering to cut the cost of a subscription with your roommate. Baby steps now.

Going The Way of The Pot

You have a drinking problem. I mean, at what point does this addiction have to come to for you to realize? I’ll tell you. When it’s 9:55 p.m. and you’re making that second pot of coffee. Of course, you tell yourself that you need because that term paper “ain’t gonna write itself!”

But then, as you reconnect with your hometown friends and there you are, making a pot of coffee. Your friends look at you and realize you’ve changed. But then, they too openly confess their sin of coffee gluttony. Having accepted the shared addiction, everyone in the room then has a cup of coffee at 10:00 pm because they’re all adults capable of making their own choices albeit not always sensible. And suddenly, everyone understood why decaf exists.

Voluntary Insomnia   

Anxiety fills your bloodstream as you hear your professor remind everyone the big essay is due tomorrow morning. You rush home after your classes finish and crank out paper after paper and as if time turned fluid and your mind to liquid, you see it’s 3:00 a.m.

In the name of all that is good in the world, you think how did you do that? Time passes, and you’re trying to stay up to party with your friends after work and as you get ready to head out, your body shuts down and you wake up to find your friends texting and leaving you voicemails. You try and try, but it somehow that superhuman ability to go hard in college was just a figment of the past. It’s okay, you don’t have to stay up late anymore. Your body just wants normalcy. Don’t worry, a time will come again when you’ll need to stay up late, but until then, just go to sleep at a decent hour. This addiction is a bit more serious as sleep is too precious for anyone to lose.

Cactus Paraphernalia

Is it the self-reflective properties of cactuses that helps us relate to this plant?  Have we all accepted that we’re prickly, dry, and stubborn? I think so, and what better way to subtly express that except with a cactus. Hustling takes a sort of spearheaded approach, so we need to have a hard shell and survive on the bare minimum until we have our big break.

So while you work your way to the top, you’ll continue to contemplatively stare at the little cactuses in your room, office, and wherever else you may have one. This is a wholesome addiction, as collecting cactuses can’t be any worse than collecting Funko Pops.

Thrift Shopping

Goodwill. Nearly every college town has one. What better place to find clothes to keep your wardrobe updated without having to incur a credit card debt. But what is this, you’re working long hours and have earned an honest amount of money to buy some new clothes. Yet, you continue browsing those clothes racks and finding appliances for nickels and dimes. Why do so when you can afford better? Because you know you’ve found a shortcut. Now, you can buy four coffees, snacks, and afford a streaming subscription or two. Priorities. That’s why. Having an addiction to saving money isn’t a bad thing though, so this one is fairly legit.

So, now that we laid it out, rest easy as everyone else at college has gone through the same exact addictions. In all seriousness though, it might be a good idea to lay off the coffee at midnight and think about signing up for your own subscriptions. I know, it’s hard, but it’s worth it, trust me.

In the meantime, check this out if you’re looking to find ways to make better habits, and keep these addictions at bay, while in school.

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