Moms, right? It seems like they’re always telling you what to do. Like, I get it. I’m 21. I know practically everything now. Except, maybe not, because it seems like she’s always right anyway. Here are some prime examples of Mom-knowledge that are probably worth listening to.
1. “You don’t need a credit card.”
Oh, come on. You’ve seen every episode of every TV show ever where a girl gets a credit card, runs up a huge bill, and gets in trouble. It’s totally not going to happen to you. At least, that’s what I thought until that “$600 credit line” ran dry in a month and a half and I had NO money to pay it back. Turns out, even with a credit card, “oh my gosh, these boots are so cute and only $50,” seven times is still a lot of money to spend on shoes.
2. “He’s not the one.”
Ummm, he’s totally the one. So what if I’m 18 and it’s my first semester in college and he’s the first guy I made out with at my first party? He’s totally the one. I am going to marry him. Guess what? I didn’t. Didn’t even come close marrying that guy. Or the next. Or the next. Mom’s right. He’s a douche, his friends are douches, and you should run far, far away. ESPECIALLY if he’s wearing cargo shorts.
3. “You’re going to have to stay in sometimes.”
Please. I can totally handle going out constantly, barely sleeping, and keeping a GPA high enough to keep my scholarships. No. No you cannot. This is a lie that people tell themselves so that they don’t feel guilty when they go out instead of doing their homework. Your mom is right: sometimes college means staying in, finishing that paper, and THEN going out and drinking until you forget what “The Psychology of the Human Mind in Child Development” even is.
4. “Your best friends aren’t always the best friends.”
Yeah, right. My high school best friend and I are going to be best friends forever, and we’re going to be each other’s bridesmaids and even our kids are going to be best friends. Yeah, my best friend of nine years and I made it one year at separate colleges before she severed ties. And in the end, my mom was right, that girl hadn’t really been the best friend to me. I made better friends, friends that liked the person I was, not the person I used to be.
5. “You can always call home if you need help.”
Screw that, I’m in college. I’m gonna do it my way, the right way, the first time. That is, until it’s 11:00 pm, I’ve just gotten off work, there’s no food in my dorm room, and I’m calling my mom begging her to put five dollars in my account so that I can run across the street to McDonald’s. Guess I should have listened when she told me not to spend all my money in one place..