6 Haikus That Describe Fall Quarter At University Of Washington

6 Haikus That Describe Fall Quarter At University Of Washington

Describing my fall quarter so far in the form of haikus
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The weather transitions here at the University of Washington from a warm streak which irritates even the strongest of us to a cooler flavor, one which is expected with Seattle. There are times in which it’s frigid in the morning but ends up sunny in the afternoon, though a drizzle always passes by.

Considering this backdrop, it’s hard to observe the minute movements in the world, let alone documenting them, here are some haikus to describe times at the University of Washington:

Computer Science—

CS142,

The code, key to success, but

Burdening them all.

Meeting with all the new freshmen and sophomores from various places, one of the main things is that they want to major in computer science or engineering. I’ve never taken the Computer Science 142 class, which is the introductory class for the major. From what I’ve heard from my roommate and others, it features a bunch of work. Yet a lot of people seek it to get experience for the most lucrative programming jobs out there.

Fall—

Golden leaves falling,

Laid until rain silences,

Why are my feet cold?!

A pretty sight I see in the fall is the leaves on the trees at the main driveway at UW turning into different colors and falling gently, like in a movie. Especially when the sun comes out and makes it even more cinematic—though I don’t believe they will ever be as cinematic as those on the East Coast, though a part of me suggests that it’s a bit edited.

Midterms—

Hanging on the neck,

A weight branding the student,

A referendum.

While I may not have any midterms this quarter, I understand the burden of papers going around, every word or equation more painful to write than the last one. I enjoy going to classes and learning a lot about the rest of the world, but I do not like being examined by it and having to bury myself in papers to get these results.

Daily Life—

Not so much daily,

As night crawls in this

City of nonsense.

I’m used to the seasons changing, and the days getting shorter while the nights get longer every single day, especially after Daylight Savings Time. Even as a junior, my parents are still concerned about me doing things at night, as they believe the world is crazier every day with dubious characters. I’m not one of them, but they fear I’ll be enveloped into it without a way out.

Mentorship—

Missing in action,

Going on one’s own, yet with

A path talked about.

During my freshman year, I was part of the Mentor Power for Success Program, in that I was assigned to a mentor to guide my way to my first quarter. It worked out well, and I have a good friend to talk and bond with.

Now, I’m doing the same, but to be honest, the process is going a little bit rougher than I thought. I hope my mentee would eventually learn from me.

Hope—

A day passes, like

The river. Yet unlike it,

The sun blooms again.

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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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?"

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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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