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5 (Really) Annoying Things That People Ask/Say to College Students

Also known as, “5 annoying things people shouldn’t ask/say to college students, but do anyways”.


So, without further ado, here are five really annoying things that most college students have to hear from members of the general population:

1. What’s your major?


This one is actually harmless enough. They’re curious. People get curious. They want to know what we’re into and where we’re headed. And, I guess I can understand that.

However, when we are literally asked this like 234567898765 times a day, we tend to go crazy and want to punch everyone and their mama in the face.

Exhibit A.

I think a simple “how’s school going?” should suffice just fine.

2. That’s your major? Can you get a job with that?/What kind of job can you get with that degree?

First of all, f*ck you.

Second of all, f*ck you.


Now, that that’s out of my system, you act like most college students have been asleep for the last 4+ years.

Okay, so we do sleep a lot, but that’s besides the point.

We don’t need your judgment.

Anyways, we are aware that the economy works very differently than it did ten or even twenty years ago and trust me when I say that we sometimes worry about this ourselves. We get it, okay? We know that it’s not as easy to get jobs anymore. “Entry-level” jobs require like ten years of experience, (an obvious exaggeration, but you get what I’m saying), and even people with “sure-fire” majors have to jump through a lot more hurdles to get their jobs than most people would like to admit. In a perfect world, that wouldn’t be the case, but we don’t live in a perfect world, now do we?

With that being said, we don’t need your condescension or judgment over our chosen majors and contrary to popular belief, we mostly know what we’re doing.

And that is a fact.

3. I haven’t seen you in awhile. It looks like you lost/gained so much weight.


It’s like you live to insult the entire college student population.

Anyways, when people go away for a long time, they tend to change, be it physically, emotionally, mentally, or whatever. It’s normal. It is completely normal.

However, when that change is noticeably physical, do not, I REPEAT, do not mention that statement above. As long as person is happy with how they look, you don’t need to be commenting about that. And on the flip side, if in the event that they aren’t happy with how they look, you just made them feel 3278443983427 times worse.

Great going.

So, do us all a favor and shut up about it.

But for real though.

4. You’re in college?! But you’re just so cute! You look like you’re still in high school.

Yeah. Okay. I won’t be so cute when I do you bodily harm.

Anyways, this one usually comes off as a backhanded compliment and as a result, I have classified it as thus. We get it. We obviously look young for college students and we’re dealing with it, okay? That doesn’t mean that you should remind us about it at every waking moment of our lives.

I mean, it’s bad enough that we still get carded at movie theaters and all.


 5. Oh, I see you’re done/almost done with college? So…when’s the wedding?/When will you be getting married?

Did you ever consider that maybe, (stay with me for a minute), just maybe, we haven’t thought that far ahead yet? Did it ever cross your mind that our focus is nowhere near that yet? I mean, it was stressful/has been stressful enough spending the last few years trying to get a proper education and make proper connections. Now you have the gall to come up to us about “that next big step” in our lives?!

Please exit stage left and leave my presence.

Leave my presence immediately.

In closing, because there isn’t possibly enough time in the world to address all the stupid things that people say to college students, here are some honorable mentions:

-Are you done yet?

-When will you be done?

*Hears major* Oh. Will you be teaching then?

*Sees you not going to college, but being productive with your life* You should probably still go to college.

-Is it hard?

*Hears whatever major* Oh. So, you’re going to med/law/grad school, right?

*Notices that you moved far away from home* Oh, so you went to that school? How’s the (insert choice coast here) coast?

*Hears college choice* What!? Why didn’t you go to (insert whatever state school here)?!

*Hears college choice* Oh! So you go to (insert an incorrect school that happens to be in the area here)?


*Whatever day of summer* Ready to go back yet?

*If you’re school happens to start later than others* You’re not gone yet!?

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