24 Thoughts Every Student Has During Enrollment SZN

24 Thoughts Every Student Has During Enrollment SZN

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Fall Class registration. The spring Hunger Games. D-Day for college students. A day of anxiety, tears, tantrums and scheduling, re-scheduling and re-re-scheduling. Enrollment times just went out and you can bet that students have already stress cried to their academic advisors and lost sleep over next semesters classes. It is truly a fight to the death. What a time to be alive.

For graduating seniors, this is a time to kick back, relax and watch the madness of class registration unfold because you're peacing out in six weeks.

For those who are undergoing another round of class registration, you probably have some very strong thoughts towards the entire ordeal. For example:

1. "Why is my registration time literally the LAST time slot in the entire university??"

2. "I'm literally not going to get any of the classes that I need for next semester and that will probably mean that I'll need to stay an extra year. Good."

3. *Emails academic advisor at least five times asking why everything sucks and if you will even graduate on time*

4. *Cries about registration*

5. "Should I pregame this? Let me know."

6. "I need to be in three classes that start all at the same time. Thanks, college."

7. "Will I be able to make a class that starts at 11:15 in ISAT from a class that ends at 11:00 on the Quad?"

8. *Sits and watches all my classes get filled up because my enrollment time is the worst*

9. "I have four backup schedules just in case."

10. "Is this professor easy?" *Checks ratemyprofessors.com* "NOPE. NEVERMIND. ABORT."

11. *Googles 'can I take 27 credits in one semester and not die'*

12. *Googles 'do I really need a degree to succeed in life'*

13. *Skips class to enroll in more classes because you're not missing your enrollment time*

14. *Emails three different professors plus the university president for overrides into classes*

15. *Has anxiety over the whole process*

16. "I'm definitely going to pregame my registration."

17. "Why the heck does this class need twelve prereqs in order for me to be able to enroll in it??"

18. "If I have to take another 8 am class I think I might just drop out."

19. *Only class available is an 8 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday."

20. "Great. Guess I'm dropping out."

21. *Stress enrolls in three more classes that you're unsure that you need but will take just in case.*

22. *Constantly refreshes page three minutes before your enrollment time begins*

23. *Enrollment time begins* "GO, GO, GO, GO."

24. *Ponders for the rest of the semester if your classes for the next semester are going to be ok."

Good luck on enrollment and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Cover Image Credit: Madelene Whitfield

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12 Signs You're A Nursing Student

Other than the fact that you're constantly seen in scrubs.

Nursing school is...an adventure. There is nothing quite as exciting or draining as going through the process of becoming a nurse. Some days you're helping to care for tiny babies, and then other days you're off doing wound care for pressure ulcers. Nursing school is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.

There are some key signs in people that show when they're in nursing school. I know my friends and I definitely have these characteristics (whether we want them or not).

1. Your body has no concept of time. Night shift, day shift, there's no time for sleeping. There's no time for anything but studying and work. What day is it? You don't know unless there's an exam.

2. You're addicted to coffee because of the lack of the whole time concept. You can drink coffee and fall asleep right after finishing the cup. Does coffee even work anymore? Does it matter? Oh well, still going to drink the entire pot.

3. Nothing phases you. Poop? Vomit? Yeah, no. I have cleaned up a friend's vomit without even questioning it.

4. You freak out about exams like no other. What do you know? What do you not know? What is pharmacology and why does it hate you? Why doesn't your brain understand neurology? How do you study 10 lectures in one week? WHAT WILL BE ON THE EXAM, JUST TELL US, PLEASE.

5. You can talk about anything during a meal without getting grossed out. Except your non-nursing friends do get really grossed out. You have to filter your conversations when you're at lunch with them. All your friends say things to you like:

6. Your friends never see you. You're either hiding in your room studying, going crazy in clinicals, or working your life away. "Hey, want to hang out?" "Yeah, I'm free next month...actually, next year is better for me."

7. You have two forms: study hyper-drive super-human and half dead maybe-human. "Ahhhhhhhh, gotta study, gotta study! *stays up until 5 am studying*" versus "How am I still living? *passes out facefirst into bed*."

8. You have a very odd habit of complimenting people's veins.

9. You use therapeutic communication during regular daily life. But you don't ask why. "How does that make you feel?"

10. You spend a lot of time during lectures wondering if anyone else is as confused as you. Somebody explain endocrinology to me? Hemodynamic stability? Anyone?

11. You constantly ask yourself why you chose the major you chose, but you know you care too much to change majors. There's no turning back for you.

12. But most importantly, you understand that no matter how much school sucks, you're going to be making a major difference in so many lives. And that's what really matters.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"


Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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