As pre-meds, we are trying to do so much that we don't want to answer so much.

After my last article about Being a Pre-Med Student, I thought I'd follow up with this one. Being a college student is not as easy as we think it is at least for me. When I started college, I thought it would be fun all the time. Although at times society makes us think that college is supposed to be that time of our lives where we have the most fun and find ourselves (which can be true), but it comes with a level of stress that sometimes we can't seem to bear.

Now us pre-med students, we have an extra load that we are carrying. In everything we do we have to be mindful of because that can affect our medical school application. We not only have to worry about our GPA, we have to make time to do all the things that medical schools want to see us do (to learn more about the pre-med path click here).

So, on behalf of every pre-med student (I think it's safe to say every) I will kindly ask you not to ask the following questions. I asked my pre-med friends for some help with the questions they also hate getting ask.

Here is what we came up with:

1. What is your GPA?

I mean it should be obvious not to ask any college student that, but some people just don't get it.

2. When will you graduate?

Again this goes for any college student not just pre-med students. Life happens!!!! Meaning not all students take four years in college to graduate. Sometimes you might be asking with the right intention, but if the student is not where s/he wants to be, asking is not the best thing. Simply don't ask because sometimes we are just trying to figure life out. A reminder that we are not typically a four year student, simply adds more pressure than what we already have. You have no idea what someone might be going through.

3. What will you do after graduation?

I think the goal of every college student is to actually work after they graduate. As a pre-med student, the ultimate goal is to go to medical school, but it is never guaranteed that we will go to med-school right after graduating from undergrad. Sometimes we don't even know ourselves, so please, don't ask us.

4. What medical school are you going to?

This is a very funny question to every single pre-med student. I mean, we wish we knew! We wish we knew!

5. When will you go to medical school?

Once again, we wish we knew. In order to go to medical school, we have to take the MCAT which is the standardized test for medical school. If we are satisfied with our score, and feel ready we will apply. We have to apply one year prior to the year we wish to go to medical school and if we are blessed enough we will get an interview. Then, we will get in or not. So there is no way to know when we will get in. So please just don't ask, we love you but don't.

6. What will you do if you don't get into medical school?

Some of us have a plan B, some of us don't. Either way, it's not something we want to think about.

7. Why are you always at the library? (Gaby Rivera)

Ummmmm!!! Because we have to study!!!!

8. Why can't you hangout? (Gaby Rivera)

We want to hang with our friends, we just don't have the time.

9. Why are you always with your pre-med friends? (Gaby, Ike, Janelle)

It just happens that we take the same classes together over and over, we can't avoid it. Plus we usually study together.

10. How are you a pre-med if you are a Psychology major? (Janelle T)

Again, we can have any major and still be a pre-med.

11. How are you going to start a family if you will be in school forever? ( Janelle T)

We love you family and friends, but we would appreciate if if you don't ask us any of the questions above.






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Second Semester Blues

Here are some tips to make your second semester the best.

Coming back to school after nearly a month long break can be exhausting and overwhelming. Many people, including myself, spend a good portion of their break without glancing at a book or only open their laptop to watch Netflix. If the first semester wasn't the best for you, then here are some ways to ensure that your second semester will be great!

1. Take time for yourself

Living in a dorm can sometimes make it hard to have alone time. However, taking time for yourself is important for your mental health! Take a long shower, go for a walk, or go to the library by yourself once in a while.

2. Make sure you spend time with the people you love

Even though school can be overwhelming, do not let it consume your life. Spending time with friends and allowing yourself to be social is a huge key to happiness. Remember, humans aren't meant to be alone all the time.

3. Stay organized

Keep an agenda, take detailed notes, and go through all of your syllabi before going to class. Label all of your folders and notebooks so you know where your assignments are. Don't just cram everything into the biggest pocket of your backpack.

4. Don't wait until the last minute

I am guilty of waiting until the night before to study for an important test. Don't let that be you this semester! Studying a little bit each night is so much more effective than waiting until the last minute.

5. Get on a good sleep schedule

This can be really hard, especially in college. Last semester I had an 8 A.M. and I was always exhausted because I stayed up late every night. Be sure to go to bed at a reasonable hour so that you aren't tired the next day!

Good luck this semester everybody!

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10 Things English Majors Are Sick Of Constantly Hearing

"Oh you chose an easy major."

English majors get made fun of for choosing an "easy major" and catch a lot of flak for it. Here are ten things that English Majors are sick of hearing.

1. What can you do with that other than teaching?

Well, business, education, many people who go to med school or law school have degrees in English. There's also writing, publishing/editing, law enforcement, politics and an almost endless list of job sectors that English majors can join.

2. Oh, you chose an easy major.

Yeah, okay, Sharon. The "easy major". Honey, any English major will tell you we love reading and writing, but these essays are brutal. Plus, I don't know about your university, but here in the UNC Charlotte English Department, they don't just offer an English B. A., they offer different concentrations such as "Literature and Culture", "Creative Writing", "Pedagogy", "Teacher Licensure", and "Language and Digital Technology" (which is your girls' concentration). Plus we have awesome minors which include, "Linguistics" (my minor), "English", "Children's Literature and Childhood Minor", "Diverse Literature and Cultural Studies", and "Technical/Professional Writing". There are many different avenues that you can take and it was definitely not an easy major!

3. It must be fun reading novels for homework

Yep! Until I have to analyze every possible symbolic meaning and read Chaucer in Old English, not the translations, but the original Chaucer. But again, my concentration is in Language and Digital Technology and Linguistics. I study how people use language, English specifically, to communicate with each other interpersonally and digitally and how language changes over time.

4. So could you not settle on a major?

No, I could. I wanted to be a nurse, but that involved too much math and science for me. I was originally an education major, but that would take a biology class and a year longer than the English major (which I am totally in love with by the way). But I've also always been interested in editing or copywriting. Although, the ultimate dream is to have some of my work published.

5. Aren't you worried you won't make money?

Uh, no? I'm pretty sure I can get a job that pays. Fast food pays, retail pays, you see where I'm going with this? I'm more worried about getting insurance before I'm 26 so that I can afford to get my gastro and asthma meds. Especially since I'll be 25 when I graduate.

6. Aren't you worried about employers not taking you seriously?

If there were a YouTube video of me doing the cinnamon challenge or tide pod challenge, then absolutely. But, the associate's degree that I earned and now the bachelor's degree that has taught me to communicate concisely verbally and on paper, taught me to understand communication and language, along with my resume, the answer to that is no, no I'm not worried about an employer taking me seriously. Especially since English majors are employed in a wide variety of job sectors. But thanks for your concern.

7. What if you end up doing education because you couldn't do anything else?

Well, first things first. Thanks for the vote of confidence you Negative Nancy you! My answer is great! It was one of the things that I wanted to do anyway. I love literature and would be stoked to teach a British Lit class and have an excuse to fangirl over Austen, Dickens, and hopefully, see how they relate the plotlines from the stories to today's society.

8. But how would your degree be useful?

To be honest most companies would benefit from English majors. We write well, we communicate well, we have great story-telling backgrounds that could benefit in a marketing area and that can help open your business to a variety of new audiences, and we are taught to "read between the lines".

9. But you need connections for editing and publishing, will you just do freelance? That's not a very stable job.

Okay, Carol. Go Google and come back so we can talk. Connections in any job you want are helpful. Portfolios, a good resume, and a decent interview for a job that you qualify for will also help me earn a job.

10. You don't think that this will help you become a famous writer do you?

Okay, um, no. Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely love to have my play produced or the book that I have been working on for years, or the movie I have been working on for two years now. But I'm under no illusion that this will only help me with the theory of writing and communication and not the actual marketing of it. I'm also well aware, as we all are, that this would not shoot us straight into the throws of fame. Heck who said that all English majors want to do is write anyways?

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