Changes in lifestyle should come with college

With the new school year in gear and freshmen all over campus, there are some things I have been thinking about since I arrived here at Florida A&M University.

We are now in college, and with that should come some changes in our lifestyle.

If you pay tuition, there are certain things you just should not do.

Let’s start with attire.

I may sound like a grandmother when I say this, but young men, PULL YOUR PANTS UP!

I pay too much money to see your Scooby Doo boxers every time I am on my way to the Orange Room.

Young women, I am so over seeing too much cleavage, over-exposed thighs, and flabby stomachs hanging out shirts three sizes too small.

Hint: If you wear a size sixteen, buy a size sixteen, not a ten.

Yes, I know it is hotter than an oven on broil, but let’s keep it tasteful.

Next, let’s discuss music.

I know that some people may call us the “hip-hop generation” but that does not mean that you have to limit yourself to just hip-hop music.

There are so many genres of music I feel our generation does not explore.

It is time to expand your minds.

After all, is that not what college is for?

So next time you go to the bootlegger on The Set or in front of The Orange Room, ask for Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown or Lenny Kravitz, instead of Kanye West.

While we are on the topic of music, I do not care to hear your underground rap group in Perry-Paige if you are by Gibbs Hall.

It’s OK to turn your music down to a level that only you and whoever may be riding with you can hear.

I am pretty sure people are more interested in getting their money’s worth out of their class than bruising their ear drums listening to your music.

Unlike in high school, everyone here is from a different area.

So you have to be careful about the way you approach certain people.

Especially when you are joking with someone you just met.

You never know what that person may be sensitive about or if that person you are talking about is actually their cousin.

Know their limits and yours.

FAMU is a great place to network and you do not want to sever good ties.

I know that this may be a lot for some people because you might be used to people just going along with your sophomoric ways.

On the other hand, I know some people are glad someone finally put this out there. So can we grow up?

Angelica Washington is a second-year Public Relations student from Atlanta. She can be reached at