Life with Cable
Back home I don't have cable, but here at school I enjoy the wonderful distraction of cable tv. As much as I probably complained about not having cable as a kid, I've begun to go back on that opinion after having cable here at school. Yes, it's possible I'm the one weirdo that doesn't want cable, but then again I think I've got a few solid reasons:
There are some DUMB shows on cable, and I thought the shows I came across at 1 a.m. on the 30 or so channels at home were bad enough. Now I'm not degrading the convenience of a show being available when I just want to sit and not think after studying. But I can't understand how some of these shows get on the air. If only there was some way to get a show on the air about living in a college dorm...
I miss being able to know all the channels by memory, flip through them once, and if nothing interesting was on I found something else to do. But now unfortunately I get lost in the labyrinth of looking up the shows on tvguide.com, find something interesting, then find that channel listing on our tv guide. I've asked myself way too often lately why I'm still watching whatever is on the screen in front of me.
I enjoy catching up on Bones and Castle each week, but other than that tv is just really a distraction. And luckily one I didn't have last year as a freshman...instead I fell into Netflix and Hulu. Let me tell you, those free trials do their job well. 1 free MONTH of Netflix?! My advice - save it for winter break! When you have absolutely no studying to do, enjoy watching an entire season in one day, guilt-free! Really want to get hooked? Try How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, or Burn Notice.
TV can be a great distraction from the work that needs to be done, or a well-deserved break from a productive study session...I'm still working on it being the latter. But it's just another dynamic to keep in mind when transitioning to college.