5 Things You Should Get Rid Of After Your First Semester Of College

5 Things You Should Get Rid Of After Your First Semester Of College

You don't need that negativity in your life.

The semester is FINALLY over and as Iggy Azalea would say: "Praise Jesus, Hallelujah". If your semester has been as stressful as mine, I know you're really happy to be home and relaxing. Being home is especially nice if you've just finished your first semester of freshman year. Congratulations! You made it. I know you probably left your dorm room in disarray during the whirlwind of finals and packing to go home, so here's a list of things that you should definitely get rid of once you go back to school for your second semester.

1. That furry white rug that you thought would ~complete~ your dorm room.

At this point, it's probably not white anymore, because let's be real it's not like you take your shoes off at the door anymore.

2. Half of all the DVD's you brought with you.

I know most of your DVD's are just sitting there collecting dust in some kind of basket by your TV.

3. Old Pictures

You might not want to admit it, but odds are you've definitely had a falling out with one of your best gal pals from high school. Take those high school pictures down from your wall collage, you'll feel better, I promise.

4. Your School Stuff

Don't hoard your old notebooks from your classes. You don't need that negativity in your life.

5. The ideas you had about the college looking like the movies.

Just like the old DVD's you're getting rid of, throw this out while you're at it. At this point, we're all aware that college can't all be parties and endless sleepovers with your new pals. It's hard, and that's okay and the sooner you realize that the better.

So, when you get back to school have a little pow-wow with yourself and really think about what you want to leave behind in last semester. There's nothing more satisfying than reinventing yourself, especially for the new year! So, cheers to the semester being over and cheers to 2018!!

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.

I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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