15 Ways To Tell You Found Your College Best Friend

15 Ways To Tell You Found Your College Best Friend

She is a special breed of best friend.

Throughout the stages of life, I’ve had many different “best” friends and I am sure most people have too.

There is the one best friend your tiny kindergarten self-picked because she had pretty crayons. She is always your “day one" on Instagram, but really you get lunch maybe once a year.

Then there are the middle school best friends. There seem to be a million of them, who probably have never had a valuable conversation with, but you had a lot of pictures with them at the middle school dances, so it counts.

Then it's high school best friends, the best friends that teach you about growing up and being yourself (or fake self).

And then comes the point where you either got really blessed and keep the friends or move on with life once freshman year of college hits.

Sometimes, the lucky ones keep the same friends from kindergarten until senior year, but then a whole new beast comes around: college.

Your college best friend is her own separate entity.

She is the one you handpicked.

The one you saw sitting in the dining hall and thought, “Wow, she is cool. I like her.” Then, you stalked on Twitter and thought, “She won’t ever be my friend.” But here we are now and she is your best friend. It seemed pretty magical how it all worked out.

Some people find this person at orientation; others find this person first-semester junior year. Either way, when you find her you’ll know you found your college best friend, mostly because of these signs:

1. She lets you in her bed even though she hates when people touch her.

Basically, you annoy her 24/7 asking her to cuddle and she agrees to it eventually.

2. She encourages you to eat chocolate on your best days and your worst.

It is more for her sake than yours, but you both ignore that.

3. She is your number one fan.

25 percent of her tweets are probably about something semi-cool you did. The other 75 percent is probably about something embarrassing you did.

4. She is always up for adventure.

By adventure, I mean running to Target for 6 hours when you just need more chocolate, but then you come out with new shoes, candles and an array of make-up.

5. She keeps you up super late.

Or you keep her up. You aren't really sure. Either way, somehow you stay up until 2 a.m. chatting about unimportant things.

6. She makes you laugh at the most inappropriate of times.

Most notable time: the class you signed up to take together.

7. She can read your mind.

The look says it all.

8. She lets you have the good shower.

Communal bathrooms are rough, so naturally, you shower at the same time (in different showers) so you can chat through the gross experience. Your saint of a best friend lets you have the least gross of the two because she is sent from heaven.

9. She may have a boyfriend, but you two are dating.

By this point, you have just accepted your life as a third wheel.

10. She may not have known you for long, but you both are completely yourself around each other.

You probably dance around weirdly together 90 percent of the day.

11. She does that annoying hug thing. Even if you went 2 weeks without seeing each other.

Yeah, you are those people you make fun of. It happens.

12. She understands your weird quirks and probably has even weirder ones.

Weird Snapchats and all.

13. She fights with you like a five-year-old.

Because your fights aren't actually about anything important.

14. She will be there for you at 2 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Always there with a hug, tissues and a snarky remark about how your mascara is running and how ugly you look because of that.

15. At the end of it all, she is your soulmate and you really just can't explain why.

You just know that she can't ever get rid of you.

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Appreciate Teachers, Respect Teachers, Value Teachers

They really don't just sit around and do nothing!

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “teacher?” Pure hatred? The memories of your evil 5th-grade math teacher who was completely out to watch you fail? Or do you smile, reminiscing about that one teacher who made you feel appreciated, talented, and loved?

Whatever it is, we all need to remind ourselves of the havoc teachers must deal with every single day.

From kids coming into class late and asking for papers that were given out an hour ago to kids being absent for a week and then coming into their teachers’ office to ask for all their missed work, teachers certainly don’t have it easy. Though we may have had them for one class a day, we often forget that that’s not all they teach. That teacher who you had for geography may very well also teach 3 sections of algebra and 2 sections of history, all while coaching the softball team every day after school. On top of their insane workload and having to adapt to changing situations, teachers also put in just as much work at home as we do.

Yeah, so we have extracurriculars, rehearsals, etc, and can’t always get our work done in a timely fashion, but the immense amount of work teachers have is just as substantial. Many teachers have a family to feed, groceries to buy, and 100 tests to grade by the next day before getting angry emails from parents about their kids' grades not being up yet. And parents, they’re a whole different story!

The constant emails and appointment requests are enough to fuel another full-time job. Imagine teaching your students everything you possibly knew, racking your brain to re-educate yourself on these topics, and purging yourself of every detail you could possibly give, only to get a phone call from an angry parent that their child didn’t pass the test you gave.

Immediately, the fault is on you. How dare you fail to educate that child well enough? You try to explain that the child should have studied, that failure is not always due to teachers, but no luck. The parent still blames the teacher. It’s plain blasphemy! But it’s all part of the job. Not getting out nearly as much as you put in. In short, teachers are the miracle workers of our generation's future. Without them, children wouldn’t know how to form sentences, to read, or receive valuable life lessons.

And though some classes seemed as though they dragged on for 2 days, our teachers really did put their heart and soul into their class, and I don’t think that deserves any complaints.

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The Problems Of Online Classes

If you aren't able to take a class in school, in order to get the required credit your only option is to take the class online. But how hard are online classes compared to real ones?

Many students have heard over and over how many credits they will need in order to graduate, and they also all know the struggle of juggling your schedule to make sure that you have everything. Students are required to have four credits of literature, science and math.

Three credits for social studies and then it's optional to have three credits of a foreign language. That leaves two slots open to fill with what that student wants to do. In the state of Georgia, students are required to have a credit of P.E. and a credit of health. But the problem is this: what about students who are unable to fit this into their schedule? Well they have the option of paying to take the class online for a specific amount of weeks that they choose.

For those who go to Lambert High School, their schedule might include a pathway, whether it be business, culinary or healthcare. They might also be in band, chorus, or musical theater. Maybe their freshmen year, instead of taking a social studies class, they took AP Human Geography which is for some odd reason not a credit for social studies. Say this same student is also in band, in the healthcare pathway and does not plan on quitting either during their high school career. This specific student now has to take P.E. and Health online. The thing is, P.E. online is not the same as P.E. in an actual high school.

In P.E. at an actual school, students take quizzes with their notes and may occasionally have to participate in actual physical activities. If you dress out and participate when asked and do the Fitnessgram tests when the time comes, PE is a relatively easy course. Not online though. Depending on whether you are taking the summer course or spring/fall course affects when you have to turn things in. People who take this course in the summer have to turn something in every single day while those taking it during the school year have to turn things in every Wednesday. So, for the purpose of continuity, let's say that the student we used as an example is taking the online spring course for P.E. After having read the syllabus and schedule, they are required to fill out a fitness log each week which consists of the normal "which activity did you do" and "how long," but also consists of your resting heart rate, heart rate after exercising and the amount of calories burned. For those who don't have something that can monitor their heart rate, this can be a struggle even though they tell you how to calculate it. Other than just the fitness log, students have to participate in a discussion by writing a post and replying to one, and they have to complete multiple assignments online. In both the syllabus and actual real time, all of this takes three hours a day to complete. Not only this, but the school hours are 8-4 which for a high school student is not very doable. This student, gets to school at around 7:45 and is unable to get home until 4:30 so they will be unable to take part in the live online lessons which are extremely helpful when confused on something or if there is a project that makes more sense explained verbally. These are also the times that the instructor responds to emails. Because of these time hours, it's almost like online learning was made only for the summer or students who are homeschooled.

Online school, while a great advantage for students unable to take certain classes in school, is also not always the most convient use for students, especially when it comes to the hours the teacher is online and the extreme amount of hours that they have to put into the class, especially when this is coupled with all of the other work that they have from the actual school.

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