26 Stages Of Syllabus Week As Told By 'Shameless'

26 Stages Of Syllabus Week As Told By 'Shameless'

Let's get SYLLY like Frank Gallagher.

Syllabus week is upon us. Some refer to it as "chillabus week." Some call it a celebration. Some even refer to it as a holiday more important than Christmas. This week is a time where classes are short, optimism is high and fun is never ending. The beauty of this week is something that college kids everywhere can appreciate. Although I might be one of the few that are a part of the "Shameless" fandom, I know that I'm not the only one who is beyond thrilled for this celebratory time. So here's the cast with the stages of this sylly week.

1. When you reunite with your roommates after being separated during winter break.

2. But the fun doesn't last because you all have to unpack from the 3+ weeks you were gone.

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3. It's Tuesday and you still don't have your classes figured out.

4. Everyone and their brother is waiting for advising.

5. Having to go grocery shopping to restock your entire pantry.

6. Realizing that it's the first week of classes and you actually have to show up.

7. But then you realize that you'll only be going over the syllabus and you won't actually learn anything.

8. It's 20 minutes into your first class and the professor already starts lecturing.

9. When your homework is to just get the syllabus signed.

10. Showing up at the bar with your friends for the first time this year.

11. Then you go out every other night this week.

12. When your favorite door guy thought he saw the last of you.

13. When you realize the class your friend convinced you to take is actually really hard.

14. Reconsidering that 8 a.m. class you signed up for.

15. That professor who goes over the syllabus in 15 minutes and then releases you.

16. When your professor tells you the assigned textbook and it's $200.

17. And you have to have it by Friday.

18. Getting homework assigned on the first day.

19. Walking into that class you know is going to be an easy A.

20. "You can only miss 2 classes this semester."

21. Walking into class 15 minutes late because it's your fourth semester and you still get lost on campus.

22. When your roommate is ready to comfort you after you come home from your hardest class.

23. When you and your best friend have a class together and you can't shut up.

24. Realizing that one of your classes is all the way across campus.

25. When your roommate asks if you're going to your second day of class.

26. Looking at your syllabus on Sunday when the week is ending and realizing how screwed you are for the semester.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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