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Top 10 Things College Taught Us About Life

Adam Starr

6. Autonomy


Do you want to eat pizza and Cheetos every night for dinner? Feel like sleeping till noon and ignoring that alarm? Going to a concert instead of finishing some homework? Guess what— nobody is going to stop you. College, like life, affords you incredible amounts of autonomy to make your own decisions outside of the hegemony that your parents exuded. This is a good thing right? Yes, autonomy is a perk of adulthood. But there’s a flipside: the consequence of total freedom is total responsibility. If you forget to finish an assignment you’ll fail, if you fail to finish a project at work you’ll be fired. Ultimately, just remember what Uncle Ben told Peter Parker (Spiderman) before he expired: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Can you drink a gallon of Mountain Dew at 5 a.m.? Probably. Is that the best use of your free agency? Probably not…


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