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14 words that have a different meaning for university students

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on January 21, 2016 at 5:18 PM

There are some words that take new meaning once you've transitioned from high school to university. While there are probably hundreds I could list, here are the top 14 words and what they mean to high school students versus university students.

Paper

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High school students: Something you write on.
University students: A 15 to 20 page nightmare that gives you horrific flashbacks years after you’ve submitted it.

 

Coffee

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High school students: A beverage that will keep you warm on a cold day.
University students: Medicine, or what most of your blood is made up of.

 

Sweatpants

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High school students: Something you wear at home.
University students: Something you wear at home, in class, on the bus, in the library. Basically, anywhere that it is somewhat socially acceptable to wear them, you wear them.

Lecture

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High school students: Something your parents give you when you do something wrong.
University students: That thing you have to drag yourself out of bed for at 8 a.m.

 

Tutorial

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High school students: Something you watch on YouTube to learn how to do winged eyeliner or pass a level in a video game.
University students: An hour and a half class with a teaching assistant where you can ask questions you were too afraid to ask in lecture.

 

Money

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High school students: Something you earn from your part-time job.
University students: That thing you never seem to have enough of.

 

Parents

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High school students: Those people who you live with who you can’t wait to get away from.
University students: Those people you call to ask advice on how to properly cook a potato and whose pep talks you actually appreciate. 

 

All-nighter

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High school students: Staying up all night with your friends at a sleepover while watching cheesy movies and eating junk food.
University students: Staying up all night with your textbook cramming for a midterm while drinking copious amounts of coffee and eating junk food.

 

Dance

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High school students: A social event planned and put on by your school.
University students: Something you do when you find out you passed your finals.

 

Blackboard

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High school students: Something a teacher writes on.
University students: The online resource where you have basically everything for all your classes. Also, the thing you have a panic attack over when your Internet goes down at home and you can’t log in.

 

Guidance counselor

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High school students: A person who helps you apply to university.
University students: Your roommate. 

 

Housekeeping

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High school students: Mom.
University students: Something you never seem to do.

 

Residence

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High school students: A place you live.
University students: Where you meet some of the best people who will be your friends for life.

 

Degree

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High school students: A brand of deodorant.
University students: That thing you put all of your time and effort into. Also, the thing that makes you celebrate at the end of four years.

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