Entries Tagged as 'college life'

Completely valid rebuttals

March 30th, 2010 · 103 Comments

More proof that — no matter how in the right you are — writing a note about it makes you kind of an airhose, too. Especially if you’re using Comic Sans.

From Elizabeth at CMU in Pittsburgh:

Do you leave annoying notes in the hall? You just might be self-righteous.

And from Drake at BYU in Provo, Utah:

DO NOT LEAN ON AIRHOSE!!! DON'T USE COMIC SANS!!! Better than Papyrus. TrueBetter than Papyrus. True

related: Please pickup your prints pomptly

extra credit: The man behind Comic Sans [wsj.com]

Tags: college life · Comic Sans Alert · door-slamming · most popular notes of 2010 · rebuttals · Utah

Do you feel inspired now?

March 18th, 2010 · 198 Comments

At our submitter’s college dorm in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the RAs posts an inspirational quote on the bathroom door each week. When one of the residents questioned why those “thoughts/encouragements” always happened to come from the Bible, the RA responded with a new source of inspiration.

You know, the Bible isn't the only place to get inspiration quotes FYI.

related: No bread and circuses! But maybe an ice cream social?

Tags: college life · Lexington · note wars · RA

Socializing: You’re doing it wrong

February 10th, 2010 · 105 Comments

You know how it’s usually way easier to write off someone off as an annoying asshole than it is to feel sorry for them? But then something happens — like this whiteboard note — and suddenly, you feel like the asshole…but you still resent the person for making you feel that way. And now it’s just awkward all around, because that person doesn’t want pity from an asshole like you, anyway. Sigh.

My parents think I am not being social enough. I have LOTS of chocolate. The ball is in your court now!

This note makes me sad, so I will choose to deal with these uncomfortable feelings by blaming the parents, even though I know that isn’t fair either. Now I feel sorry for the parents, too. Okay, I’m going to look at more pictures from the Puppy Bowl now.

related: Your one and only Wife #1

Tags: bad sales pitch · college life · Moms & Dads · most popular notes of 2010 · whiteboard

’Bama bombs

January 7th, 2010 · 81 Comments

Tripp was visiting his friend’s dorm at the University of Alabama when he spotted this note from the floor’s RA posted on the door to the men’s bathroom.

Adds Tripp: “I’m with the person who added on to the note. A bunch of teenage boys probably aren’t going to be spending that much time hocking loogies at the shower walls.” To which I would add: “Ewww, gross.”

Are you sure it's spit?

P.S. Hook ’em Horns!

related: Who takes a crap in the shower?!

Tags: Alabama · college life · RA · shower · that's disgusting

The Trans-Hadean Orchestra

December 22nd, 2009 · 201 Comments

At college, more often than not, your sex life is everybody’s business. But don’t worry…it’s for your own good! For example, the writer of this first note (as spotted by Ashley at Missouri State) displays a heartwarming concern for her dorm-mate’s physical safety.

You and your boyfriend need to tone down the devil's orchestra that EVERYONE could hear in the middle of the day! Save yourself the embarassment. Sincerely, Someone who is hoping you use protection

And as Vic and his friends at Arizona State’s Barrett Honors College discovered, a group calling themselves “the Gods of ASU” has even deeper concerns….the fate of your everlasting soul!!!

It's getting pretty nippy outside, but don't keep warm with PRE-MARITAL SEX or you'll have plenty of heat IN HELL! Be righteous, Barrett.

related: “I know that it’s really none of my business, but…I’m going to tell you what I think anyway.”

Tags: Arizona · college life · Jesus · Missouri · MYOB · sex sex sex · unsolicited feedback

I hope you get money from everybody!

December 18th, 2009 · 138 Comments

“In college,” Sandy writes, “I shared a house with a motley group of roomies. When it was time for me to graduate, my super-kooky roommate suggested I send her parents a graduation announcement because they had liked me a lot (having met me once, for a few hours) and would feel insulted if I didn’t send them an announcement. I had a few left over, so I did.”  A while later came this response – not passive-aggressive per se, but a little, well…

Dear Sandy, I hope I spelled your name right. [redacted] + me + [redacted] talked about what to do, and $25 came up. So here you go. I hope you get money from everybody! Congratulations on your graduation!

Adds Sandy: “The assumption of my attempt to grub money coupled with the cheerfully airy tone really speaks volumes about the environment in which my old roomie grew up. (Incidentally, she DID spell my name right.)”

P.S. Yes, that’s $25, not $125.

related: Really, Mom, you shouldn’t have

Tags: college life · Moms & Dads · money · not so much passive-aggressive · Say wha? · signed with love

My parents, the loan sharks

December 15th, 2009 · 90 Comments

Writes Josh in St. Louis: “In our university’s paper, during the first semester, parents can send in notes for their kids away at college to read. Most parents put something sweet, happy, and uplifting — ‘We love you, good luck, hope you’re well,’ that kind of thing.”  Josh’s parents, meanwhile…

No parents to bore you, or brothers to bug, it's just you, the iPod, computer and rug. All right!! However...you still owe us $185 for prom night.

related: No money, no trophy

Tags: college life · Moms & Dads · money · newspaper · public shaming · pure poetry · St. Louis

Thanksgiving Pride & Passive-Aggression

November 25th, 2009 · 106 Comments

Writes Rebecca in Staunton, Virginia:  “My college dining hall is pretty awful. The food isn’t very good and the lines are always incredibly long.  So, when we had our Thanksgiving dinner a couple days ago (one of the few meals where the food is actually good and we can serve ourselves), naturally people got over-excited and took more food than the dining hall expected.  The next day, we found this little ‘apology’ taped over the menu suggestion box and on every single table.”

Thanksgiving Pride & Passive-Aggression

related: don’t blame us

Tags: college life · don't blame us · holiday spirit · non-apology apology · Thanksgiving · Virginia

…since we’re a community

October 25th, 2009 · 147 Comments

Chris in Providence brings us this show-stopper from the Computer Science department at Brown University. My head is still spinning a little bit.

cream cheese in the fridge with diamonds

Meanwhile, in Lake Forest, California…

Dear Bagel Thief

related: the nerd’s guide to passive-aggressive behavior

Tags: CAPS LOCK · college life · signed with love · stealing

P.S. You’re not invited to my birthday party, either!

October 16th, 2009 · 215 Comments

Brett in Raleigh, North Carolina had to move out at the end of last semester after his lease ran out, and while he didn’t want to have to resort to a finding a random Craigslist roommate, that ended up being the case.

Brett’s mea culpa: “Being a grad student, I am not home much and have responsibilities to take care of on campus, but obviously some of my other responsibilities were being overlooked at home.” (Lucia, by the way, is the name of his cat.)

passiveaggressivenotes.com - survivor: craigslist roommates edition

on passiveaggressivenotes.com: page 2 of i'm not here to make friends

related: i can hear everything

extra credit: “i’m not here to make friends” reality show mashup [youtube]

Tags: college life · North Carolina · roommates