10 Times Cristina Yang Gave Great Advice for College Students

10 Times Cristina Yang Gave Great Advice for College Students

Quotes and advice from Dr. Cristina Yang of "Grey's Anatomy" to get you through the ups and downs of college life.
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1. "Oh, screw beautiful, I’m brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain. Pretty is not enough. I want to be great."

In movies and TV shows, college is mostly portrayed as hanging out on the quad and going to parties, but there is so much more to college life. It's a time to focus on what's important -- schoolwork.

2. "If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more."

In order for things to change, you have to take action. You have to take control of your life and make the decisions that will bring you happiness.

3. "Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You’re on your own. Be on your own.

College can be cutthroat and competitive. You have to be strong, stand up for yourself and know what's best for you. Your best advocate is yourself.

4. "I can’t go. We have to dance it out. That’s how we finish."

Sometimes, what you need is to turn on your favorite song and just dance it out alone, or with a friend.

5. "You're my person. You will always be my person."


Find your person in college who can be your go-to for anything and everything. You can cry with them over bad grades, tell them exactly what is on your mind, but also be honest about everything with them. It is amazing how good it can feel to get things off of your chest.

6. "It'll hurt. Every time you think of her. But over time, it will hurt less and less. And eventually you'll remember her and it will only hurt a little."

Whether it's a friendship that didn't work out, a relationship that ended or a loved one that passed away, there's going to be some time in college when you lose someone. The hurt that you feel is inevitable, but it won't last forever.

7. "Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.”

You may be in a relationship in college and that is great! But make sure you can realize when someone may be holding you back or keeping you from realizing your true potential.

8. "Whenever we think we know the future, even for a second, it changes."

You have choices in college. Those choices may seem frightening, whether it's about your major, class schedule, trying a new club or activity or even something like joining a sorority, but it's up to you to find the courage to make the choice.

9. "Find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all.”

There are periods of time or full semesters when it feels like there so much to do. You're at the library late into the night or early morning every day. You have assignment after assignment due back to back. It feels like you have exams every day. It feels like there is a never ending stream of work and you feel hopeless. But there's always that shining ray of hope -- maybe, just a glimmer of hope, but it's there. You have to find the positives in your situation and run with them. If Cristina Yang could do it, you can do it.

10. "If there’s no food, I’m going home."

Food is an important part of college life. Treat it like it is. Relationships are built over meals in the dining halls, coffees at the campus coffee shop and trips to the Cup. Make the most of your times with friends and food.

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Being A Future Educator And Dealing With School Shootings

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If you haven’t heard about the 18 school shootings that we have had so far while President Donald Trump, then you need to catch up on your news. 2018 has been rough so far and these events have changed and impacted the United States and the education system.

I’m going to college to be an elementary education teacher and with all of these recent school shootings happening and everyone constantly talking about it, it’s completely devastating. There are so many other students like me who are completely dedicated to being a teacher and loving our students that we pray this would NEVER happen to our school let alone ANY school. It’s nerve-racking and heartbreaking for the future teachers, present teachers, staff, kids, parents, families, and everyone else. It’s terrifying for me because there’s always a thought or a possibility that something like a mass shooting on a school campus could happen to my school. Whether that’s a school I’ll teach at in the future or while I’m in college. I pray it never happens. But it would be utter chaos if it did.

It would be like any other normal school day. Except for this time the school is on lockdown. This time all the teachers are doing their protocol and trying to protect their students. We have fire drills, tornado drills, earthquake drills, lockdown drills but what about mass shooting drills? It’s a scary thing to deal with. Fast forward to all the police showing up to the school: the parents freaking out and wanting to know where they’re children are. The families of the teachers and staff freaking out over their family members safety. It’s all too real.

This is about gun control; I’ve heard both sides of this story. Some people think teachers should have guns in the classroom to protect their students and some people disagree. Is gun control about making it more difficult for people to get guns or making it easier? There are two sides to this and I’m in the middle observing both sides of the argument. More gun control laws would reduce death but the con of that is gun control laws do not deter crime, but that gun ownership deters crime. Will gun control laws prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws? Probably not. Are gun control laws such as background checks an invasion of privacy? There are so many factors to be thought of about this subject. I’m not one for politics and I like I said I’m in the middle of the two. It's time we have gun safety in America to prevent more innocent lives of adults and children from being hurt or killed.

This map shows the gun carrying policies in all 50 states as of 2017. Think about it.

I think we can speak for all education majors that the last thing you want to hear when you are sitting in a classroom trying to learn how to be a teacher is people discussing one of the worst things that you can imagine happening as a teacher. We all know it happened, and we are all aware it needs to be talked about, but rehashing something over and over, especially something as tragic as this does nothing but put people against each other. We all want better conditions for our kids, no matter what your political standing is. So, instead of posting every disturbing video, comment or picture that can possibly be found on the internet, talk to your representatives, consider the opinions of the people around you, and remind yourself what we all know but is very easy to forget: most people in this world are good.

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Let's Arm the Teachers

.....with what they really need
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The news is swirling and people seem to be losing their minds over school shootings (as they should be). From conversations on mental health to intense arguments on gun control, the national dialogue on school shootings has once again reached a peak. Survivors are seeking action by politicians now more than ever - although many have been fighting for change for decades.

The newest, most creative, "ah-ha" idea in many localities around the country is to arm teachers and administrators with guns to protect students. Whether this idea seems genius or like the stupidest thing you've ever heard, I am not concerned. Put it in a Facebook post.

I want to talk about a different kind of armament for teachers and school district employees. What if the government armed schools with the supplies, salary, and training to protect their students in a way in which they were capable of the positive mental, physical, and emotional development to protect them from a plethora of disasters including suicide, bullying, poverty, and, yes, school shootings? What if all teachers, not just private school teachers, were given the resources to properly support their students? This could lead to a compounding of armament meaning that students would be provided with the 'arms' (support and skills) they need to protect themselves from poverty, mental and physical illness, violence, etc.

Picture this, a student is struggling in school academically and socially. A teacher being paid sufficiently, with enough free time due to small class sizes, with the motivation and drive through proper training by their administrators, and with the extra supplies to help his or her students practice and understand class material is equipped to support the student emotionally and academically. This student, with this careful attention from the teacher improves in school socially and academically to become a productive member of society with some self esteem as icing on the cake.

The student without these resources falls through the cracks. He or she remains behind in school, emotionally damaged, and vulnerable to failure. Failure comes in many forms whether it be not graduating, not getting a job, falling into poverty, getting into trouble with drugs and alcohol, not having friends, deteriorating mental health, etc. These things are as much of a threat to one's life as gun violence. Furthermore, these things can lead to gun violence.

I do not agree with those who want to arm teachers with guns in order to protect students, but I do believe, although to a different degree, that education and strong teachers have great amounts of power in protecting the world. I believe it is possible, through funding and stronger infrastructure, for education, specifically public education, to protect students from violence inside and outside of school buildings themselves.

Overall, the politics of gun violence in America is complicated and wrought with many strong and conflicting opinions. I believe the most recent solution, to arm teachers, is complicated and dangerous, but my point has nothing to due with this discussion. I believe, though, that teachers should be armed with resources much more effective in the long run than guns. I believe in the power of teachers to keep students safe.

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