The 9 People You Always See During Syllabus Week

The 9 People You Always See During Syllabus Week

(Hint: Only one of them has read the syllabus beforehand.)
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During the first week of school, everyone is trying to figure out what kind of student they will be. There are a few different types of people that you will encounter during the first week of the semester, but this list is in no way inclusive of all of the types of people you'll meet in college!

1. The Sleepyhead

There's always that guy that wears pajama pants to class, and he always looks half-asleep. Usually, he has leftover Cheetos dust in his beard. He will most likely not have anything with him besides his phone and a pencil. His hair will probably be uncombed and very oily.

2. The Overachiever

Then there's the girl that you KNOW has her life together. You can tell by the way she walks that this isn't her first rodeo. She'll have her backpack all filled with all the books and supplies that the teacher required on the syllabus that was sent out early. She is in control of her future, for sure.

3. The Binge-Watcher

One guy always has his laptop out before class starts and never takes his eyes off of it. He's most likely watching the latest episode of Stranger Things or Game of Thrones. He doesn't ever really want to be in class, and all he ever brings is his computer.

4. The Fashionista

You'll know you're dealing with a fashionista when you see her walking in wearing a Michael Kors backpack that can't possibly hold any books. She'll probably have a plastic water bottle and a notebook with her. She looks intimidating, but she's actually really sweet.

5. The Latecomer

Then there's the guy that walks in 25 minutes late to a 50-minute lecture. He really tried to be on time, but he laid in bed for far too long. He'll use being stuck in traffic as his excuse for being late. He really just doesn't have any self-discipline, and won't for the entire semester.

6. The Basic White Girl

She'll be wearing a size XL Comfort Colors t-shirt, Nike shorts, Birkenstocks, and probably carrying a Victoria's Secret PINK backpack. She might have some books with her, but she'll most likely just have her laptop. If she's in a sorority, you'll definitely see her letters on her brand new aluminum water bottle.

7. The Wallflower

He'll probably slip into the seat furthest away from the teacher and any other people. He'll be wearing a hoodie and jeans or sweatpants. You'll most likely notice him spending his time before class reading anime.

8. The Texter

She'll be on her phone the entire class, even though she has a notebook and pencil out in front of her. The teacher might call her out for it, but she'll continue anyway. She probably brought her monogrammed purse to class and puts it in her lap during class to block her phone from view.

9. The Average Joe

He'll probably walk in about 5 minutes before class starts and slip into a seat in the middle of the room. He'll have an average SwissGear backpack, containing a MacBook that's a few years old, a notebook, and an assortment of pens and pencils. He just wants to blend in, so he'll probably try to make small talk with the person sitting next to him and get shut down.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...

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I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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