6 Things I Didn't Know About College Classes

6 Things I Didn't Know About College Classes

I didn't really know what to expect and the only advice I received was from my older brother who skipped more classes than he attended.

I was clueless going into college. I didn't really know what to expect and the only advice I received was from my older brother who skipped more classes than he attended.

Pinterest was my best friend as I searched for blogs that could give me any advice for my first few days of classes. I found some things that helped, but here are the things I learned during the infamous syllabus week (as well as something I learned at orientation).

1. Not every teacher has the same grading system

And it's very different than the grading system used in high school.

2. Many teachers give incentives for going to class

Drop worst test grade, drop quiz grade, points added to final, to name a few.

3. You aren’t always able to take the classes you want

Even though there are more options, they fill up quickly and freshmen get the last choice for classes.

4. Teachers don’t really care what your excuse is for skipping class

Just ask another student what you missed and come in the next day prepared.

5. Don’t ask to go to the bathroom

Just go.

6. Freshmen professors give relatively the same amount of homework as high school teacher

But you will have less time to do it. You might have one week to write an essay rather than one month...

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10 Horrible Fashion Trends From Our Middle School Days

What a time to be alive.

Being in middle school is one of the worst times of your life. You're awkward and you have no idea what to think about everything that is changing. I was cleaning out my closet the other day and found my old pair of Etnies and started reminiscing upon some of the worst trends that ever existed in the 2000s. I look at pictures of myself from middle school and cringe. I really just want to tell my past self to stop shopping at Claire's and Aeropostale. But since I did shop at those stores, I do have many embarrassing photos and fashion choices. Here's a list of popular (and unfortunate) trends from the 2000s.

1. Aeropostale

Buy all the graphic tees! I had at least one in every color. So many skin-tight tees were a part of my wardrobe. These t-shirts would always be spotted in MySpace profiles with people throwing a peace sign. Unfortunately, Aero has filed for bankruptcy, so we will be seeing less of them.

2. Rubber "Causes" Bracelets

You would see people walking around with these things up to their elbows! I had one for pretty much every type of cancer/disease you could imagine. Of course the yellow "Livestrong" bracelets were the bracelets that started the trend. (Thanks Lance for that let down.)

3. Silly Bandz

Yet again, a bracelet trend took over our middle school minds. I remember wearing so many of these wonderful "bandz" that the circulation in my arms were cut off. It was also the best thing to compare and trade silly bandz with your friends. I also scoffed at all of the knock-off brands. I only wanted the real deal.

4. Gauchos

Back when these pants were popular I had at least three pairs in a good variety of colors. I wore them so much, my mother could not do the laundry fast enough. I would compare these pants to yoga pants today because they were just as comfortable. It was always way cooler to wear a poncho with gauchos.

5. Massive Sequin Purses

Every girl had these. Mine was lime green. I thought that these purses were cute at the time, but really they are just atrocious. I'm not even sure why I was carrying a purse in middle school. I really didn't have that much stuff save for my phone, lipgloss, and gum.

6. Wearing Jeans with Dresses

Is that dress or skirt too short? No problem, just wear jeans under it! But really though, I have never understood this trend. Even when it was "popular" I thought that it was just plain ugly. I mean, how can you even look at this picture of Ashley Tisdale and not cringe?

7. Heelys

Hands-down the best trend of middle school. Some of my best memories are in Target Heely-ing around the entire store. I would still wear my Heelys today if I had them. No regrets about these shoes. Every adult that I've ever talked to about them, hated them. I guess that's why they were basically banned from everywhere.

8. Soffe Shorts

I had (have) a pair of these in every color. Having these made you cool. Quite often paired with rubber Old Navy flip-flops or some Rainbows, these cotton shorts were a staple of any middle school girl in the 2000s. My cheerleading really helped reinforce my love for these shorts. But thankfully it seems that "norts" have replaced these.

9. Nike Shox

Who actually cared if the spring-things made walking or running easier. These shoes just looked so cool. While writing this article, I was surprised to find out that Nike still makes these shoes. It was always the sporty-athletic people who wore these.

10. Popcorn Shirts

I never understood the madness that is the science behind these magically shrinking and expanding shirts. They are just straight up fascinating. The best ones were tie-dyed. I had one blue one and thought it was the greatest shirt ever.

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I've Learned That Your First Choice For College Will Not Always Be Your Final Choice

This is where I had to be. I had to apply here and I had to go.

I did college tours my entire spring break of junior year. We saw nearly 12 colleges up and down the East Coast in the span of a week. After that trip, I wasn't sure of many things, but I knew one thing for certain. "I'm going to apply to NYU," I told my parents. "And I'm going to go there and live in New York City."

And yet there I was in December of that same year, opening my acceptance email from GW, the happiest I've ever been.

So what happened?

I went to an extremely competitive high school in a very driven community. Large amounts of kids ended up going to Ivy's after graduation, and our AP exam scores are some of the highest in the nation. Despite faring well academics-wise, my grades and scores really only placed me near the middle of the class.

I'd always dreamed of moving to a different school in another state, somewhere where I could be near the top for a change instead of average, or even low. Somewhere I didn't have to be ashamed of being the only Indian kid that isn't planning to do medicine or engineering or business or anything "lucrative"--instead planning to do journalism.

I had developed this bad habit of taking cues from other people around me in school; when someone said or did something I went along with it, no matter how untrue or unfit for me it was. And then I would find myself thinking I wasn't good enough, beating myself up for not doing things that I wouldn't even need for my future, but I thought I did because everyone else was doing it.

I was a victim of the groupthink, the mentality that there's only one road to success, to the best colleges and beyond even though it wasn't my idea of success, and certainly not the route I would even see myself on.

They say you can't compare apples to oranges. And yet, in the environment I was being raised in, that's exactly what I did for four years.

So I weighed my college options again that summer, and I realized something, I needed to be at a place where I could establish myself, where I could finally take the reigns of my life and do my own thing without worrying about other people's academic and social agendas as I often did in high school. I needed to create my own path and be a doer rather than just a talker, going out beyond the classroom and getting my hands dirty in a field I actually enjoy and see myself in.

Enter, the George Washington University. As I researched the school more, including SMPA, I found myself open to so many more possibilities. Interning on Capitol Hill. Professors who had previously worked with CNN and the Washington Post.

The students I talked to were equally as friendly and genuine as they were driven and intelligent, something that you'd be surprised to find rare at my school. Potential experiences that spoke to me for once, that showed me the media and public affairs program was a whole world in itself, while still remaining true to GW and every other factor around it.

And something clicked in my head. This is where I had to be. I had to apply here and I had to go.

After endless conversations with "what-ifs" and "are you sures" with parents and teachers, it was decided. And I hit submit on the Common App hoping for the best.

The funny thing is, months later as more acceptances are rolling in, people at my school are now RAVING about GW; a good school to you and I, but not an Ivy or top 10 or any other school most kids have their eyes set on-or at least I thought they were set on from how they would brag about themselves.

Then again, not everything is as it seems- that's the difference between a doer and a talker. And in pursuit of being the latter, I chose GW.

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