Sorry, Not Sorry: 5 College Realities To Never Feel Guilty About

by Miranda Kulp

Sometimes — not very surprisingly — life in college can get a little tricky.

You always try your best and attempt to stay ahead of everything you need to do, but in reality, nobody is perfect. You’re bound to mess up sometimes.

The average college student is between 18 and 23 years old, which is the prime time for self-discovery.

It’s also the prime age range for people to make plenty of mistakes they’ll eventually learn from.

The modern college student is held to a much higher expectation than when our parents or grandparents went to school.

Now, students are expected to maintain above-average grades, get multiple internships, be involved with campus activities, find someone to fall in love with and keep a healthy lifestyle, all while trying to have some actual fun.

College is the time to learn about yourself while undoubtedly also learning from your mistakes.

You'll probably even have to repeat those mistakes a few times until you finally learn something.

Although college students may feel a certain stigma to be perfect, the truth is that will never happen; no one is flawless.

Since making mistakes is the best way to learn, here are 5 things college students should never feel guilty about:

Never apologize for choosing coffee over sleep

Every college student has an infinitely long list of things to complete in a single day, and sometimes, going to bed before the early hours of the morning just isn't an option.

Naturally, most college students cave and become caffeine addicts within their first semesters at school.

It’s okay if you have multiple cups of coffee throughout the day or constantly feel tired; college wouldn’t be college if you got eight hours of sleep every night.

Embrace the fact that you're tired and need coffee; it means you’re trying to do your best and you must be doing something right.

Never apologize for going out and having fun

With everything college students cram into the week, it’s no surprise that by Thursday night, all they want to do is go out and have fun with their friends.

The number of weekends you have in college to go out and let loose is not infinite. Go out at least once a weekend!

As long as you can handle yourself, never let anyone make you feel bad about going out.

It’s a great way to blow off some steam with your friends while meeting new people at your school.

You work hard during the week, so you deserve to go out on the weekends. Period.

Never apologize for changing your mind

College is the key time to find yourself. How are you expected to find yourself if you never try new things?

It’s normal to go through phases in college, so never apologize for experimenting.

Sometimes we grow out of things, and sometimes we simply decide we want to do different things. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Never apologize for feeling overwhelmed

College can be a pretty stressful time in your life. Are you even really in college if you don’t freak out every once in a while?

Coming from personal experience, your friends are usually the most understanding.

If you're aggravated, it's because everyone else is just as stressed as you are.

Never apologize for being selfish

If there's one thing you should never apologize for when in college, it's making yourself a priority.

Being selfish doesn’t mean you only care about yourself; you simply want to do what makes you happy instead of following what others want you to do.

College is one of the most difficult yet enjoyable experiences of your life.

You might continuously be tired, poor and single, but they will be some pretty incredible semesters.

The memories you make during those short four years are the ones you'll remember for the rest of your life.

You should make yourself a priority and stop apologizing to others.