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Old 03-18-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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I've seen facebook pictures of people at my high school that went to college and some of them look completely different than they did when they were in high school. Has anyone else noticed how college students change their appearance? It's hard to explain because different people have different ways of changing their appearance. Some examples include shorter hair, longer hair, facial hair. But some people just look different in a way I can't explain, but I can definitely see. Can you think of any explanations?
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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i definitely know what you're talking about. some people actually turn out better (more fit) and some people gets..well, worse for the lack of a better word. not only that though, like you said, people change up their clothing and overall style. a good example would actually be myself *laughs*. some people from high school could not recognize me even though it's only been 2 years! haha
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:26 PM
 
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Your peer norms change. You go to a high school where everyone has a facial piercing, then you go to a university where it's really rare - so you feel embarrassed by the piercing and take it out. Or, you go to a really preppy high school and end up at a grungy granola college - you can bet the dreads will come out.

Plus when you're at college you're still growing up. You're going to experiment with your appearance because you're young and you can. It helps you cement the identity you want to have. I changed my hair 100 times in college, it was lots of fun.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:58 PM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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Exactly. College is a chance for some to reinvent themselves completely.
I think when someone goes from adolescence to adulthood they grow into themselves and realize you don't have to follow a certain group like they did in high school.


Appearance, I'm sure, is not the only thing a college student experiment with.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:30 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I've seen facebook pictures of people at my high school that went to college and some of them look completely different than they did when they were in high school. Has anyone else noticed how college students change their appearance? It's hard to explain because different people have different ways of changing their appearance. Some examples include shorter hair, longer hair, facial hair. But some people just look different in a way I can't explain, but I can definitely see. Can you think of any explanations?
I don't know one person who looks the same at 20 or 23 as they did in high school. It's called, "maturity."
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Well as you grow your shape changes. Besides college is a fresh start for many. High school is often cliqueish so many try new things as they are not under as much of a microscope and have more independence and confidence than they had in early teens.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Let's see; there is the lack of sleep, stress, and excessive partying. All three will quickly change your appearance.
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