The Ten Commandments of the Last Few Weeks of College

Spring Break is over and there are only 7 weeks left of school. Seven weeks?! I’m certainly not ready to grow up in less than 50 days. Miserable.

I hope you all had a marvelous spring break and I apologize for the lack of posts. I was a little too busy playing poker, jumping club lines with VIP wristbands, and hanging out with Australian dancer blokes to write about fashion. I’m sure you understand.

The last inning is here. I’m about to kiss Soonerland goodbye and I would be lying to say I’m not a bit heartbroken about it. I’m going to miss being surrounded by people my age. I’m going to miss unconventional waking hours. I’m really going to miss my friends, who are scattering across the world (literally) like dust in the wind.

Rather than get depressed that the best time of our lives is about to end, most people choose to see the positive and are planning on living up the next month and a half. There are a few rules you should follow to ensure that you enjoy yourself AND not act a complete fool on your last days here…

1. Thou Shalt Not Wear A Swimsuit To Class

Party tanks, Nike shorts, those neon colored hats, and Havaianas are fair game, but swap out your bikini for a sports bra at least! I know, when you’re laying out and it’s 85 degrees and sunny, trekking upstairs to grab your backpack is enough of a task. But really, how stupid will you look in class with a side-boob peepshow? Not only will it piss off your teacher, but classrooms are COLD. This is a warning for your dignity!

I certainly understand wanting to live up the srat life the next few weeks that it is socially acceptable. Head to toe Ralph Lauren Polo, party shades, and Sperrys ought to be celebrated, especially this time of the year. But do everyone a favor and pair the uniform with proper undergarments.

2. Tweet Others The Way You Want To Be Tweeted–Especially When Skipping Class

If you skip your 3:00 class to sit on the patio of La Luna or drink Hot Messes at the Library, don’t tweet about it. That is, unless you want your responsible (and now jealous) friends in that class to not share their notes with you. We would all rather sip margs and play croquet over sit in a desk and listen to a teacher drone on and on, but there are still a handful of us that need to maintain certain GPAs in order to go on to the next phase of our life.

If you need to take a personal day from a class (and trust me, we’ve all been there) don’t be the annoying person that mass emails the entire class begging for notes. Miss classes you can afford to skip, or strike up a conversation with the nerd with a laptop sitting in front of you.

3. Thou Shalt Be Responsible With One’s Assets and Go To Happy Hour.

In The Raw has buy one get one half off on Monday and everything with crab in it is half off on Wednesday. Plus, at lunch time you can get any 2 rolls for $7! The Library has half off pizzas and nachos, $2 house brews and well drinks, and $3 doubles during their happy hour. We all know about dollar beers at Bill’s and Seven47 on Wednesdays. Get a free pint glass at McNellie’s on Mondays. Since we have lots of time to kill, go when you can get the most bang for your buck.

4. Thou Shalt Not Deny Having Senioritis

No amount of feigning false interest will fool the teachers you actually care about–you know, the ones in your major that also advise your clubs and wrote you a rec letter for your internship last summer. There’s a good chance that you’ve developed a good relationship with that professor, so ‘fess up about your lack of motivation. There’s a good chance that they will sympathize and know what to say to snap you back into productivity.

5. Thou Shalt Participate In Outdoor Activities

Now is the perfect time to develop an outdoor hobby or ten. Rollerblading or biking will help you shed the weekend pounds, and nothing looks more cool that flying past people you know while decked out in elbow and knee pads.

It’s never too early to get your WASP on with games like bocce ball, ladderball, cornhole, and croquet. Not to mention, you’ll be in top shape for tailgating season.

I’m a big fan of disc golf and ultimate frisbee even though they’ve earned a bad rep among the Greek community. Since we’re all about to get pushed from the nest though, I say it’s high time we all do something no matter how ridiculous as long as it makes us happy. Wear your Chacos with pride!

6. Thou Shalt Spend As Much Time With Thy Friends as Possible

Me and my sister from another mister, Paige.

We literally have the rest of our lives to sleep. We don’t have the rest of our lives to spend hanging out with our friends. Including Thursdays, we have 21 days left to go out (or 28 if you’re super fun and do the Wednesday thing). Make them count.

A very wise older sorority sister told my pledge class when we were freshmen “There will always be another test to study for, but there won’t always be another night to go to Classic’s with your best girl friends.” The statement was slightly flawed–my days of taking test are numbered. In fact, I think I have exactly 3 left to take for the rest of my life. But what is true is that we ought to savor the moments with the people we adore. (Oh I’m getting mushy now…)

7. Thou Shalt Go To As Many Date Parties And Events As Humanly Possible

The Renaissance Fair. SAE Boxing. Coast Guard. Fiji Island. the Big Event. Norman Music Festival. Relay For Life. Scandals. Just a few of my favorite events that happen after spring break in Norman. Don’t have a wristband? Sneak on the date party bus (we’ve all done it before). Just because there’s no football doesn’t mean your weekends have to be monotonous. Go to a baseball game, drive up to OKC for some Bobo’s Chicken or Chinatown, enter a team in College Bowl or La Luna trivia. Check out McNellie’s pint night. Soak up the uniqueness of Norman while you still can.

8. Thou Shalt Not Procrastinate (Too Much…)

Truly, it’s in your best interest to start on that 20 page paper now rather than cut yourself off from the world for 72 hours straight to finish it before it’s due. What if something awesome comes up that will kill you to miss? By starting study guides, notecards, etc now, you take much of the pressure off. You can just relax, review, and not miss out on anything. If you’re really on the strug bus, try doing really tedious things like reading while in a lawn chair rocking a bikini.

9. Thou Shalt Praise OU’s Campus

Make out with someone in the stacks. Visit the garden on top of Sarkeys. Listen to the organ players in Catlett. Feed the squirrels in the south oval. Frolic through the passion pit. The minute you finish your finals, walk under the clock tower and look up. Beg a freshman to take you to the Caf. Catch the free movies in Meacham on Friday (CAC Film Series reppin’). Do everything campus related you can think of. Twenty years from now when you come back to visit, you’ll be glad you took time to make these memories.

10. Thou Shalt Be Fearless and Make It Count

You have seven weeks left to talk to your crush from afar. Seven Fridays left to check out every place on Campus Corner. Seven Wednesdays left to play Bingo at Bills, or sing karaoke at O’Connell’s. Seven weekends left to see the inside of Sugar’s. In the famous words of Charlie Sheen’s favorite poet Eminem, “would you capture it, or just let it slip?”

For more nuggets of wisdom long after graduation, check out my new blog here!

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