6 Reasons Why College Is Stressful

6 Reasons Why College Is Stressful

Sleep? What is sleep?
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Whoever said college is "the best four years of your life" is a liar because when I try and define college, one word always comes to mind: stressful. Sure, college is fun because you can do whatever you want and when you want, you can eat whatever you want, it's acceptable to tailgate at 8:30 in the morning before a football game, you can party on a weekday, etc. However, college also means you will have endless amounts of homework, you'll change your mind about your life path every day, some guy you thought was forever will break your heart, etc. Here are 10 reasons why college is stressful:

1. You can never get a break from homework. Your professor thinks it's acceptable to assign three papers and two books all in the same week, and then another professor assigns you to read a 300-page book by the next class. Now is it acceptable to live the authentic college lifestyle and get crazy whenever you want? Nope.

2. You have no idea what you want to do with your life. Last week you wanted to be a middle school math teacher, next week you'll want to be a journalist, and the week after you might decide to try nursing. College is great because you have all these options laid out in front of you, but it's stressful when there are so many careers to choose from and you want to try them all.

3. Sleep, what is sleep? Between all the homework, study groups, club soccer, movie nights with your friends, and that 6 a.m. shift at work calling your name, sleep is an unknown word in college when your life is running faster than you are.

4. You remember the glory days when you weren't this stressed. Ah, high school, a time that seems so far away, yet not far at all. A time when your biggest concern was getting into college and not trying to stay in college. High school, a time where your other concern was that your ex-boyfriend was now dating your ex-best friend. College? Don't even get me started about my stress levels in college.

5. You think about dropping out of school four times a day. Now, this isn't just a stressed out college student telling you this, this is a normal college student telling you this. Honestly, is there really a college student out there who hasn't thought about dropping out and moving back home at least once?

6. You think about how much harder it's going to get after you graduate. Mortgage payment, car payment, electric bill, STUDENT LOANS. Enjoy the glory years that are college, I mean, stressful years, because they will be over before you know it and adulthood will be at your doorstep.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Diary of a homeschooler who was never home

It should be called car schooling.

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After attending kindergarten, my parents made the decision to homeschool me. Many events lead them to choose this lifestyle for my siblings and I. Having a little brother who was often in the hospital and certain situations at school, such as physical encounters and shootings nearby, made homeschooling the best option for us.

I'll be honest, my education was far from the 7 or so hours in some classroom 5 days a week. Most of my school books were brought along with me and finished in the car on the way to field trips, volunteer events, and seeing family. Yes, my handwriting was awful due to being in a car.

During the time I was homeschooled, I slightly despised it because I felt like I was missing so many of the things other kids were experiencing; however, after shadowing a student at a private school for only a day I realized sitting in a classroom and working on their schedule would be miserable for me.

I've had many adventures through this lifestyle that I wouldn't have gotten from a public/private school. By the age of 12, I was teaching entire school groups about science at a local camp which I volunteered at for 6 years. My love for people has been sparked by being around all age groups, instead of just my own age. It was my fault for never feeling a belonging with other homeschoolers and tearing myself down about my education. I consider myself to be motivated and hard hardworking because that was my best option for being homeschooled. If I wasn't fitting my school work into my schedule (if you can even call it a schedule) every day was immensely different from the day before.

The main struggles were the treatment received from other people. It's baffling how you can immediately be judged based on where you were educated. Even adults would make snarky comments about it. I remember going to a career expo for 8th graders with my homeschool group while tons of other public-school groups were there also. Each career table had freebies for everyone except one table, who after finding out we were homeschooled put her supplies under the table, critiqued us for being homeschooled, and said her stuff was for school groups only.

It was moments like these when the blood rushed to my face as I had to take a deep breath and fight off tears because adults were making me feel inferior and dumb compared to others.

Despite the few negatives about homeschooling, I can at least say I've had numerous life experiences from it. Wherever you were educated let the story be yours and never let anyone make you feel ashamed of where you come from. Although I'm done with homeschooling and attend a university, it's still a big part of what shaped my personality.

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