Wednesday, August 24, 2011

'Hella Old' College Students

UF campus.
It's back-to-school time again, and yesterday marked my first day back for another semester of grad school. When I spotted some the anxious faces walking around campus, I vividly remembered my first day as a college freshman. I was petrified, but at the same time so proud to finally be in college with all the big kids.

Even though it was only four years ago it feels like it has been decades. When I saw all the new freshman I suddenly felt older than ever... even though I probably look just as young and I'm only a couple months out of undergrad. It got me to thinking about the adults who go back to school and have to put up with the annoying, immature freshman in their classes, and when their own kids could be just as old as their classmates.

In a California publication called Mercury News, Tony Hicks writes about his experience as 44-year-old in college. His article titled "Apparently, I'm 'hella old'" is probably one of the funniest pieces of journalism I've ever read. Frankly, I feel sorry for Hicks. It's already hard enough as it is to be a regular-aged college student; people get bullied all the time. But for a grown man to be bullied by a bratty kid? Plus, what kind of person still says the word 'hella'...? Seriously, aren't you supposed to be in college? 


  1. Hella... I hate that word. Still ever so popular in North California and Seattle so I'm not surprised that Tony Hicks was referred to as "hella" old.

    I cringe whenever I hear it, I don't think it'll ever change. I remember when the times I visited my friend in Seattle I would hear hella this hella that so much.

    And yes, I definitely feel for this Tony Hicks. I mean, I was 24 when I graduated and apparently, I too was considered old.

    BUT, I also wanted to add that people who are older who go back to school usually do better than their younger counterparts. For example, when my sister graduated from nursing school, the person who had the highest GPA in their nursing class was a mother who went back to college to pursue a degree. HOLLER.

    Hahaha. Good post Plu!

  2. Great post! It can be weird when your older than everyone else but after a while I got used to it and just focused on what I came here to do.