An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.

To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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Grey's Anatomy is one of those shows that seems to have a moment for every life experience. The viewer gets to watch Meredith Grey go through the motions of life, from heartbreak to happiness and back again. College, of course, is no where near the pressures of a hospital. But let's just imagine college as Grey Sloan Memorial. Like Grey Sloan Season I, fetus intern Meredith, Alex, Christina, George, and Izzie. That's kind of what college is like, you run around not really knowing what you're doing but have to look like you do. If you're a Grey's fan then you know Meredith has had her fair share of life's stressors and struggles. College 100% has to be the origin of "the struggle is real"-- a "carousel that never stops turning." Who better to show you the carousel than Meredith Grey?

1. The moment when you realize that you chose college and have to be responsible.

2. When you claim your friends against their will, because life is too hard without your people.

3. When your friend "didn't study" and gets a better grade.

4. When you and your friends complain about all the work you have to do in your

6. When you're scared to answer a question in lectures and have to give yourself a pep-talk.

7. When you miss class and your friend says "I'll send you the notes."

8. When your professor explains something and you have no idea what's going on.

9. When you submit a paper last minute and hope for the best.

10. When you didn't have time to grab your morning coffee before your 8am.

11. When you're trying to save/keep your GPA.

12. When you think about all the work you have to get done by the end of the week.

13. When your professor asks you a question and you answer wrong.

14. When you walk in to class and realize you forgot about the exam.

15. When someone tells you college is the happiest/best time of your life.

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Fostering Creativity in Children’s Education


It is almost impossible to function or contribute to the development of society without education. That is why it is pivotal that the education experience is cultivated so that students can maximize their potential. Too many learners have learning challenges that prevent them from pursuing a course of study that is more suited to their aptitude. As such, teachers have to employ better strategies to motivate the learner through a more creative methodological approach. It would be a mistake to think that creativity can simply be relegated to the pursuits of music and art in education, but should more so be employed to how the lessons are presented to the learner. Students always visit this site to increase their knowledge or find an essay for college.

Definition of Terms

Merriam Webster dictionary states that education is “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.” It is “the process by which an individual is encouraged and enabled to fully develop his or her potential; it may also serve the purpose of equipping the individual with what is necessary to be a productive member of society. Through teaching and learning the individual acquires and develops knowledge and skills; which are utilized by the individual throughout life-long activities.” Education is preparation for some worthy activity.In terms of creativity, it is a ‘quality of creative’; Merriam Webster dictionary states that being creative means “to have the power to create, rather than to imitate.”

Theorists on Education

Plato should be acknowledged because he developed a standardized approach to education. It was he who visualized the idea of training young children formally. This would allow for all to be on the same level. Plato was also the first to envisage the initiative of ‘lifelong learning’ and understood that “children should enter school at six where they first learn the three Rs (reading, writing and counting) and then engage with music and sports. John Dewey is also thought to be a respecteddidactic realist; he believed that education was a practiceused to advance the human condition. He believed that schools werededicated atmospheres that correspond with the societal environment. Within the educational curriculum a person’s experiences and interest are explored which prepares him for the future and life’s affairs.

Challenges in the Classroom

Teachers are faced with diverse teaching situations every day; some of these are easier to manage, but teachers need added techniques to resolve some scenarios. One of the more challenging instances will arise when you have to persuade a learner to do something that they have no desire, at that moment, to do. This is where motivation techniques will be beneficial.Motivation is something that energizes, directs and sustains behavior; it gets students moving, points them in a particular direction and keeps them going (Fredricks, Blumenfeld & Paris, 2004). For these reasons, teachers must learn how to appropriately stimulate the interests of their pupils. Keep in mind that one creative strategy might work for some students. The key is to diversify. Observe your students and interact with them; in this manner you will learn how to incite a response from your students and how best to motivate them continuously.

Learning Styles

Using a variety of creative teaching strategies ensures that the lesson is geared towards most if not all of the learning styles. To better understand which creative technique to implement in a classroom setting, you have to first understand learning styles; below is a list of learning styles, which every teacher should be aware of and design their lessons to accommodate.

  • Solitary learners that have a preference for self-study.
  • Social learners do not mind working in groups.
  • Physical learners or kinesthetic learners are those who have a preference for engaging the learning process through physical touch.
  • Visual learners engage learning through what they see, so use images.
  • Aural learners or auditory pupils like to learn by the use of sounds or music.
  • Logical learners are highly logical and are always reasoning out problems.
  • Verbal learners like to learn by speaking or writing.

These learning styles should then be complemented by facilitative teaching activities which support student participation and allows them to gain mastery in every subject.

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