If We Were Honest About Syllabus Week

If We Were Honest About Syllabus Week

If this wasn't an accurate description of your syllabus week, you're either lying or you're wayyy more motivated than me.
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Ah, Syllabus Week. If you’re a last-semester senior, like me, then you’re thanking your lucky stars that you've made it this far. Your goal of not skipping your first week of classes is going surprisingly well. Your motivation levels are high and your outfits have not yet reached "garbage chic" levels. Regardless of what age you are or grade you're in, I think a majority of us can admit that we go through similar struggles during the first week.

SUNDAY


The sun is setting, you've just finished shopping at Walmart/Target/Sam's Club/Anywhere-That-Sells-Kraft-Mac-&-Cheese-In-Bulk, and now you're getting ready to check Blackboard for the first time since last semester. Somehow, you already have 16 assignments that are overdue. So before your anxiety kicks in, you decide to shut that down. You turn on some Netflix and set your alarms for tomorrow. Your first class starts at 10 a.m., so you plan to wake up by 8 a.m. to do your hair/makeup, find a nice outfit, and maybe grab some coffee before class. You'll probably only need that one alarm because, tbh, your sleeping schedule is already pretty fucked from being home all break. You might even wake up before it goes off! New year, new you, right?!

MONDAY


The new "you" can't come to the phone right now because she/he/they are dead. That one alarm did nothing besides give you a panic attack. The sky was somehow still pitch black at that hour, and that basically meant that it was still nighttime. You finally woke up around 9:27 a.m. and somehow managed to brush your teeth, comb your hair and throw on a sweatshirt before checking outside. You see that there are approximately 3 inches of snow/slush on the ground. You want to just say "screw it" and go back to bed. You decide otherwise and get to class 5 minutes late. Your professor is making everyone introduce themselves with two truths and a lie. The game doesn't go well because nobody knows one another. You knew you should have stayed in bed.

TUESDAY


Same shit, different day; but at least you're more motivated now that you've successfully completed one day. Your friends add you to a group chat titled "Happy Hour?!". Within the next 38 minutes, you receive approximately 97 notifications from said group chat. You contemplate setting your phone on fire.

WEDNESDAY


Ah, the halfway point. By now, you've gotten the hang of your schedule, you've put a hex on the teachers who decided to use the entire class period during the first days of class, and you're only two days away from happy hour. Your first discussion board is due later today and you have to, yet again, introduce yourself to the class and comment on three other students' fun facts. You want to respond to Gary from Minnesota's "fun fact" about how he "only ate ramen noodles for his entire freshman year" with a "same, bitch," but instead choose a polite response in its place. 42 hours until happy hour.

THURSDAY


There's a pep in your step and a twinkle in your eye; your week is almost done. You've figured out during which classes you can secretly scroll through Twitter and which classes you can openly scroll through Twitter. Beta Tater Tots is throwing a "Back-To-School" party later that night. Your friends who have meal swipes offer to buy you a round of nuggets from Chick-fil-A. You accept that offer and discuss your weekly struggles vaguely. You have to save the juicy stories for happy hour. Less than 24 hours now.

FRIDAY

Your schedule has worked out for the third semester in a row, and you don't have any classes scheduled for Friday. You put your phone on silent and sleep in until 11:15 a.m. You decide to order a pizza for lunch; you've earned it. You live less than two miles from the closest pizza place yet it still takes them over an hour to deliver the pie. It's fine, though. Nothing can sour your mood because happy hour starts in a few hours.

You wait patiently for your favorite bar to tweet out the exact same "happy hour specials" that they've tweeted out every Friday for the past 16 weeks. You tell your friends you're "being good" this semester and are only going for the dino nuggets and maybe a beer. It's now 8:16 p.m. and you're hammered. One of your friends suggests that the group should bar hop and let loose after a "suuuuper stressful" week. The friend who suggested this skipped five out of the seven classes she had that week. Things are great and you dance the night away knowing that next week won't be as easy. But until then...


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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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