Add A Random Class To Your Schedule To Expand Your Learning At College

Add A Random Class To Your Schedule To Expand Your Learning At College

I learned life skills that I never would have acquired before and we were lucky to have guest speakers on numerous occasions who talked about career skills and life advice.


I'm a freshman we all make mistakes, but the first two weeks of school, I seemed to make a lot more than your average frosh.

We can skip past the time I waited at the quads for half an hour on Livingston for a Rex L (a bus that never stops at that bus stop). Or the time I took a bus to Cook/Douglass from College Ave instead of going to Livingston. Or the countless amount of times I had to uber to class because I just underestimated the population of people trying to get to the same place as me.

Today we're here to talk about the add/drop period. A simple phrase that gives anxiety to students across all campuses but makes me laugh every time I hear it.

As I pulled out my laptop to view the plethora of courses Rutgers University has to offer during add/drop week, I flashed back to orientation when all of the advisors encouraged all of the freshmen to take a FIG or BYRNE Seminar. The voices of encouragement echoed through my ears as I scanned the wide selection of interesting topics that can be learned through this easy one credit class.

As of right now I am an undecided major but am taking criminal justice and psychology. For my FIG seminar, I was hoping to take philosophy. I excitedly scrolled down to the P portion of the FIG selections and eagerly added it to my course schedule. A class on Wednesday at 3:20 became the newest addition to my schedule and I was ecstatic to be taking it.

On Wednesday at 2:55, I excitedly hopped onto a bus to Busch campus and skipped up the stairs to attend my philosophy class. History has always been one of my favorite subjects, as well as philosophy, but that course was never available in my high school. So I'm skipping up the stairs two at a time at this point and dreaming of how woke I can be learning about Plato and Aristotle.

By the time I was at the top of the stairs I was out of breath and also lost. But I found the classroom labeled 220 and walked right in.

The first thing I saw upon entering was a giant chalkboard with the word "pharmily" written on it in white chalk.

I immediately looked up to the front of the classroom to ask the professor if I was in the right spot and if this class is for philosophy. When she answered no I apologized for being in the wrong classroom and proceeded to walk out. Before I was out of the door, she stopped me to ask me what my name was to make sure I wasn't on her attendance sheet. I gave it to her, still eager to leave and attend my philosophy class and was halfway out the door when she looked up to tell me that my name was on the attendance list.

I looked up at the chalkboard again and saw the word pharmily... pharmacy family...

I took a pharmacy class by accident. I looked around the room to view my new family, a diverse selection of pre-med and pharmacy students.

Me. A psychology major who purposely avoided taking any type of science like chemistry or anatomy, was now sitting in a pharmacy fig surrounded by future doctors who I now had to consider my pharmily.

I couldn't help but crack up at myself because there's nothing more me than this story. I clicked pharmacy instead of philosophy on the course website and was unable to even consider dropping it because the last day to drop classes without a withdrawal on my transcript was Tuesday, and now it was 3:20 on Wednesday.

At this point, I sat down in my seat, front and center of the classroom as the rest of the class continues to laugh and I laughed with them at my luck.

Knowing that there was nothing I could do to drop the class I decided to make the best out of it and was so glad that I did.

It wasn't soon after that my accidental pharmacy class became my favorite course on my schedule.

The first day I came back, I received an email from my professor thanking me for my positive attitude despite taking the wrong class and told me that she had numerous friends in the psychology department and criminal justice department if I was ever struggling and needed help. This was only the first day and I felt as if she was already my pharmily.

Every week after became a fun engaging learning experience in my pharmacy class in room 220. I learned life skills that I never would have acquired before and we were lucky to have guest speakers on numerous occasions who talked about career skills and life advice. We were able to tour the pharmacy building and see simulations along with different labs. During other weeks we learned how to write job resumes and how to format emails to participate in research studies. We took career tests and wrote goals on how to reach our career goals. The class size was intimate and was full of engagement along with fun group work every week.

My pharmacy class introduced to me really cool friends, exposed us to experienced knowledge through guest speakers and taught me a lot about not just pharmacy but different career paths and life. I never asked to get adopted by a pharmacy class, but it happened on accident and I've never been more grateful to be part of the pharmily.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.


The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.


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Host Families Are The Best When Going Abroad

Host families will get you closer to language, culture, food and fun!


Have you ever thought about going abroad? Or maybe you've already decided to go and are dealing with all the paperwork right now? There are so many options to explore a different culture and various perspectives on life. You can go abroad and study at a foreign university. If you're not interested in studying, you can apply for a job and gain first working experience abroad. Also, you can do an internship in a different country, or work as a volunteer in a help organization. So many options. But they have one thing in common: A host family.

A host family is a family who takes in young people, who left their country to work or study abroad, for a certain time. Obviously, a host family is not a must. If you don't feel it, you can rent an apartment and that's totally fine. However, I would like to tell you today why I think a host family is one of the best things while going abroad.

First of all, you learn the foreign language a lot better. I mean, that's one of the reasons for going abroad, right? You want to improve that language you've been studying at home. And there is no better way than to speak it every day with native speakers. And that's what your host family offers you. Living together, communication is a necessity, and thus the best motivation to improve your language skills!

Second, when living with a host family you get to try the traditional dishes of the country. In my opinion, the cuisine is a very important part of a country's culture. It's thus a huge difference if you go abroad and keep on cooking your stuff from home, or whether you experience a new culture through their nutrition. Take the chance and get to know new recipes, new spices, and new dishes. It's so exciting!

Third, a host family is the best place to get to know the culture of a foreign country. You'll learn all about their holidays, celebrations and traditions not simply by listening about them but by living them! Your host parents will make you part of the preparations and you get to ask questions throughout the whole experience. There is no better option to get to learn about a culture!

Forth, and probably the most important one, a host family is a trusted friend in a foreign world. When you're leaving home you expect everything in the new country to work as easy and usual as you know it from back home. But that is often not the case. And very often you're ending up in a chaos of opening bank accounts, applying for new phone numbers, looking for apartments, figuring out a hundred things for your studies, … all by your own. A host family is there for you if you need help and assists you during your first days, weeks, sometimes even months of your stay abroad.

If you want to apply for a semester or internship abroad and didn't consider a host family at all, do it now. Those of you who already have been through the experience of going abroad and living with a host family know what I'm talking about. I definitely can say that my host families became friends for life and I'm infinitely grateful for the help and warmth they offered me.

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