Funny College Photos You Won’t Want Your Parents To See

This article appeared in Ninjajournalist and has been published here with permission.


Key To Success

College is a great time in a young person’s life. Sure, doing homework and studying for exams can be stressful, but these hilarious photos show just how much fun can be had when your parents aren’t breathing down your neck. You just might not want them to see these. When a computer just won’t cut it, follow in this student’s footsteps and bring a hefty typewriter to class. If the weight of carrying it isn’t enough, typing is just as annoying!

Key To Success

Top Of The Class

Even over a mile up in the air, it’s important to show off your school pride, after all, how will anyone else know what brought you to this moment? In case anyone ever doubted you for “only” attending Florida State, you can remind them that at least for this moment, you’re not only on top of your class, you’re on top of the world. Let this stand as a lesson, always wear your school shirt, you never know when you need to represent.

Top Of The Class

Modern Stone Age Technology

When school starts to make you feel like you’re in over your head, do like this student did and forget about modern technology. Since their university has a nonsensical policy regarding homework, this student was happy to make them eat their words by actually turning in a hand-carved essay on these stone tablets. While his first draft may have been cumbersome, it was almost therapeutic to spend so many pointless hours carving each letter into the soft stone.

Modern Stone Age Technology

Warm And Toasty

If there’s one thing we all need when winter hits, it’s to have those moments where we’re warm and cozy. These roommates had a stellar idea when they wanted to make their friend comfortable after returning from winter break. They spent an hour toasting their entire stock of old bread, which all of them had forgotten about, before carefully arranging them in the shower. When the other roommate came home, he was greeted with a sign that read, “hope it’s toasty enough for you.”

Warm And Toasty

A Helping Hand

When the end of the semester approaches, college students know that sometimes, it’s the smallest shortcuts that make all the difference. If you have to spend hours holding a book, you’re less likely to tire out if you rig it up against the wall. Why waste energy using your arms when all of that work can be utilized by your brain? Of course, the most important part is to keep your phone close by. Wouldn’t want to have to get up if you get a message.

A Helping Hand

Principles Of Physics

College is often a time of change, as exposure to the wider world increases, which can often shake our moral foundations. Sometimes though, students take that a little too far. This girl below just wanted to reassure her parents that even though she broadened her mind through learning while in college, as graduation approached, she hadn’t changed all that much. Sure, she knows how to boil water now, but otherwise, she’s basically the same person she’s always been.

Principles Of Physics

Bless The Brain Down In Africa

We’ve all been there. You’ve spent weeks studying, forgoing nights out for nights in bed with index cards. Every moment of the day when you’re not in another class, you’re going over material for your toughest final. One the big day, you think you’re prepared, but the moment you flip your test over, you realize that not only do you not know anything about the questions before you, you aren’t even sure what subject you’re taking anymore.

Bless The Brain Down In Africa

Sneaking A Cat Nap

When you get a new pet, it can be hard to leave them alone on their own. Even though cats are largely independent, this little guy refused to get out of its owner’s coat pocket in the winter. As the start of his morning lecture ticked ever closer, he had to decide if it was worth fighting with the cat, possibly ruining his coat, or if he should just leave the cat where it was and go to class. Looks like the cat got his way.

Sneaking A Cat Nap

Write In Shining Armor

If you take any sort of medieval history class, or at least one taught by a good professor, you’ve probably encountered the professor chain mail phenomenon before. No longer confined to the likes of Renaissance Fairs, medieval studies professors have realized that their students like knights far more than they like professors. Tip to anyone struggling to capture their students’ attention; throwing on a pair of comfy chain mail will keep your students on their toes, especially with the racket it makes every time you move.

Write In Shining Armor

Munching On Midnight

A regular feature of student life is definitely late nights and parties where you have no idea why you woke up where you did. These students thought they were just having an innocent study party, but when they woke up in the morning, it was clear just how wrong they were. The last roommate awake noticed something was off when he snapped a picture of his sleeping roomie, but no one realized until they woke up at that the problem was the refrigerator.

Munching On Midnight

Stuck A Feather In His Hat

Coming up with years worth of creative Halloween costumes can be a drag, but when you can combine the party theme with your college’s mascot, you know you’ve got a hit on your hands. Not only did this student come up with a brilliant homage to his frat’s favorite beverage, he snuck into the costume shop for weeks on end until his costume was finished. No one could even come close to approaching his idea for years on end.

Stuck A Feather In His Hat

Zombie For All

Little do most outsiders know that curing zombism has become one of the most absorbing questions in the medical community for the last few years. Sure, we all thought popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead were depicting a horrific alternate reality, but in truth, zombism is a serious disorder and fighting it is extremely important. That’s why this professor decided to break the epidemic to his students gently. Instead, they all quickly began to panic.

Zombie For All

Under The Tree

Just before the start of winter break, Ryan’s roommates caught wind that he was probably not going to get any presents while he was home for the holidays. Luckily for them, he also forgot to lock his door, so while he was away, they thought it would be a nice surprise to come back and find that his entire room had been turned into one giant gift. We hope Ryan likes opening presents, because now he has a lot of them!

Under The Tree

Twinkie In The Eye

Your college years are full of milestones, starting with turning 18 and ending essentially with 21. Depending on where you live, you may find that each birthday opens up new privileges, except for when you turn 20. This student desperately wanted to celebrate the big two-oh, but when it came to finding cake, they realized they’d spent their last pennies on Twinkies. With a little ingenuity, a Twinkie cake can actually be a college student’s dream. Who doesn’t want to taste nostalgia while realizing they’re getting old?

Twinkie In The Eye

Wet And Wild

At the start of any fall semester, students across the country have found that their old-school, non-air conditioned dorms can quickly become intolerable. Students may not have figured out how to clean up after themselves yet, but they have figured out how to turn the hallways of their dorms into leak-free slip and slides. Doused with donated soap, the students simply dumped buckets of water on garbage bags they’d set up before diving down the hallway for the entire afternoon.

Wet And Wild

Papa Smurf Preach

As bored as students may get in their lessons, when professors have been teaching the same material semester after semester, sometimes they need to have a little fun too. Usually, professors do this by tricking their students in exams or throwing them a bone with a funny question here and there, but this professor knew that the key to being memorable was to follow his moods. If you’re feeling blue, lean into that feeling and cheer yourself up by dressing as a smurf. They’ll thank you later.

Papa Smurf Preach

ShOSUwing Their Pride

When it comes to spirit week, every university has their long-standing jokes, and the more creative you can get with them, the more likely they are to become traditions. When an OSU sorority got to planning their homecoming decor, they decided the best thing to do was to lean into the stereotypes, which led to this hilarious sign. Sure, college may be about studying hard, but it’s also about having fun while you’re still young enough to enjoy it.

ShOSUwing Their Pride

Ghost Of Loans Past

Everyone who has attended university in the past 10 or so years knows that the scariest part of college is not the late nights studying or even haunted dorm rooms, it’s the fear that you’ll never be able to pay back your student loans. Before Halloween, one student decided she had the ultimate spook for her fellow classmates: a student loan jack o’lantern. As expected, upon seeing the cursed words, students went running away from her door.

Ghost Of Loans Past

Begging For Handouts

The most successful students often know that the key to excelling in the classroom is not killing yourself to get your work done, but by working as intelligently as possible. That may mean splurging for extra credit or not doing the reading that won’t actually help you get your work done. In this case, sometimes you just need to go for that direct appeal and beg your professors to have some mercy. If they need more convincing, just spring for the power point, as seen below.

Begging For Handouts

A Perfect Meal

It’s common knowledge that the perfect late night study meal probably includes potatoes and hot sauce. The potatoes are not only to provide you with energy, but they will also nourish your soul while you’re in the middle of struggling to complete the last questions on the problem sets you have due in five hours. The hot sauce, of course, is there to keep you on your toes and to wake you up when you start to doze.

A Perfect Meal

Midnight McConaughey Train

As finals approach, most schools begin to offer an exciting array of entertainment options to distract students from falling into a state of despair induced by constant studying. This school decided to do one better and offer lucky students the chance to take a middle of the night joy ride driven and narrated by the actor Matthew McConaughey. The perk went undetected by the vast majority of the student body who had already gone to sleep before the rides began.

Midnight McConaughey Train

Harder To Study

Some Hermiones out there may know that studying will make up the bulk of their lives throughout their academic years, but others, like Harry and Ron, need some prodding by their calendars in order to remember to stop with the funny business and get down to business. After all, if you don’t put it on every single square of your whiteboard calendar, is it really that important? Probably, but then again, you’ll never know because you didn’t remember to study for the final.

Harder To Study

Banking On Breakfast

After complaining all week about being stuck with an 8 am class, one student decided there was only one solution to make things better: become the most popular student in school by cooking breakfast in the middle of a lecture. While some students thought the move was genius, it quickly backfired as the smell of bacon became a permanent fixture in the lecture hall. It became a constant reminder of hunger, which led to the student being kicked out.

Banking On Breakfast

Trimming The Tree

When you’re a poor student, it can be tough to get into the holiday spirit, especially when holiday decorations are either forbidden or out of your price range. These students certainly had the holiday blues when they noticed that of their entire block, only one house was decorated. In a pickle, they thought about what they had on hand and came up with this genius idea. Cans quickly became the perfect vehicle for decoration, especially since they at least sparkle in the sun.

Trimming The Tree

Flipping The Hat

Graduation day is always a cause for celebration, especially when you’ve had to work your way through university. Now, you can focus on the soul-sucking task of working day in and day out, unless your job is something you thoroughly enjoy. This girl’s parents might not have known it, but she picked up plenty of skills while she was in college, and in honor of her graduation, she wanted to show all of them off at once.

Flipping The Hat