9 Things I Miss About Snow Days

9 Things I Miss About Snow Days

Yes, professors in college cancel class now and then, but it’s never quite the same as a snow day.
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Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s reminding me more and more of what I miss most about high school: snow days. Yes, some professors in college cancel class now and then, but it’s never quite the same as a good old snow day. Here are a few things I miss about the snow day experience.

1. Watching the weather religiously

I knew the names of all the local meteorologists--and when they would hint at a chance of a closing or delay the next morning, they were my heroes.

2. Counting on having a closing to finish homework

If the snow is so bad that they already delayed school the night before, surely they will cancel school in the morning, right? I’ll just finish my homework then!

3. Waking up in the middle of the night and looking out the window

Please, please, please let the street be coated in a thick layer of slippery snow.

4. Hearing the automatic phone call that says there is a delay

Yes! That’s step one in having the perfect day off of school.

5. Sleeping in

If not, then catching up on the studying you didn’t do the night before…

6. Watching the closings and delays scroll across the TV

Oh, when will it say “CLOSED”?

7. Freaking out and radiating joy when it is closed

YES! Finally! The worrying is over and a day of extra free time (aka studying) can commence!

8. Playing in the snow

By that, I mean shoveling, but who doesn't throw a few snowballs here and there?

9. Checking if there is enough snow to stick until the next morning…

Once again, the cycle repeats.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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To The Educators Who Are Discouraging Their Students' Learning, It Needs To Stop

To the educator who is telling their students how they will fail, why don't you try telling them how they well succeed?

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No matter your education level, career path, opportunities given and so on you have experienced an educator who has been less than pleasant. We have all encountered that teacher or professor who talks down to you or makes you feel like a lesser person. Well once in for all it needs to stop, this is not okay.

To the educator who is telling their students how they will fail, why don't you try telling them how they will succeed?

It is all about communication and not always being negative. If you walk into a class on day one and tell students how they will do well they are more prone to actually follow through with it. But when you walk in guns a blazing and telling your students all the ways they will not pass, your instilling a stigma that they will struggle.

To the educator who is clouded with doom and gloom, don't spread that to us. We pay the university to get knowledge and insight into the careers we hope to go into. We are looking to you for guidance on how we can be the best we can be. When we walk into a class we do not want you to tell us everything negative that could possibly happen.

We are in a vulnerable state and need to hear some positivity amongst all the stress in obtaining a diploma. We do not need to hear all the bad things that happened to you, we need to hear about the days that made you keep going.

To the educator who tells you, you should change your major. It is not their place. They have no right to tell you how you should spend your life. Professors should give you advice and tools on how you can do better. They should not jump to conclusions and assume you will fail in life.

Just because I am struggling in your ONE class does not mean I will fail in my career. You are a teacher and are suppose to be a role model, there is no reason you should be telling me that I am not good enough. People in our society wonder why certain professions are dwindling and this is why. Because of negative, pessimistic teachers.

To the educator who is not putting in effort into their course, please try. Not only do we pay a lot of money to be heard but I want to learn. I want to succeed. And I do not want to look at your class as a joke.

When you are not creating assignments, giving constructive feedback or even caring if people show up it is only going to hurt me in the future. I need the handouts, the lectures and for you to go that extra mile so I feel prepared in the coming years. I should not have to come to class and feel like you threw it together five minutes before.

I need to see your passion, I need to know how you got through what I am dealing with right now. If you do not have a passion for your own class why should I?

To the educator who treats me as if I am disposable, it is not your place. When I walk into a class and you talk down to me it is completely uncalled for. You demand respect but do not give out any yourself.

You have no right to treat me as if I don't matter because I should. I should be a priority to you during the semester of your class, it is your job. You have no right to try and scare me out of your class or make me feel like if I do not get an 'A' I am incompetent.

I am trying. I am putting in all my effort and If I am not reaching your standards then you should coach me so that I am. Instead of talking to me like I am a child who will go nowhere in life.

To the educator who sets up their course with unreasonable expectations, remember we are only human. We are taking several classes along with yours and are just trying to balance life. If I miss one day there is no reason to treat me like a pariah I promise I just needed a minute.

If I ask for one extension I am not taking advantage of you I am just struggling and need a helping hand. Remember we are here because we want to learn so please set up your class that way. There is no need to act like your class is better than anyone else's of that we should put it over others. You should want us to respect all our professors just as you want us to respect you.

But most importantly if you are an educator who hates their job, please get out of it. It shows when you hate your job and that creates a bad stigma for our class. You will not give me everything I need if you have no interest in the class yourself.

Teaching is hard and teaching multiple classes isn't meant to be easy, but it is what you chose to do. No one is making you do this. I should not have to sit through several hours a week of a bitter professor who doesn't want to be there. If you do not have the heart for it anymore then go do something else.

I know college is supposed to be hard, I am not denying that. But I cannot condone the fact that some professors treat students as if they do not matter. I pay a lot to be here and do not deserve to be in a class where a teacher makes light of that.

A college degree is an investment and I feel like I am loosing out on that due to the lack of quality professors. It would be nice if they put more effort into the structure of their class, but at the very least just caring and showing heart for what they are doing.

To all the people who wonder why some students drop out or change degrees a million times, this is why. When you are constantly dealing with educators who seem like they want you to fail it is hard to want to keep going. If you have had experiences like this you are not alone.

Try not to let it get to you and discourage your learning. Do not change your degree and push through it. It might be terrible now but that professor in the years to come will not matter. I know its hard but they are not worth your tears or stress.

You got this and I promise, you have plenty of people in your corner who do want to see YOU succeed!

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