Back To The Grind

Back To The Grind

Getting back into school habits and routine.

Now that the New Year has passed, it’s time to go back to school and get used to the same old school lectures we’ve been hearing for as long as we can remember.

In college, it adds on the process of moving all your things back into your small rooms where you either brought too much with you or not enough (which follows with panic either way) and then that brief time period of seeing all your friends again before classes actually start.

For me, I usually always forget something but then quickly forget about it once the “getting ready for school” panic ensues. Since I’ve been in college, I’ve noticed that the first day of classes always sneaks up on me which ends up leaving me scrambling to get my textbooks and class supplies while also scheduling a million catch up moments with friends.

Even though it is a busy time, I like it because it’s organized chaos. I’m able to do something and I have a purpose with each day rather than over break where I relax the first few days but then realize that I am so bored and that I have nothing to do. At least with being back at school I have some sort of schedule and some idea of what my day will be like.

Sure, procrastination will be a thing from the very beginning of the semester even though I always tell myself that I’ll be such a strong student and focus hard next semester. In the moment, school always is annoying and hard, but I like getting back to the grind to bring a little normalcy back into my life after a break.

I am so ready for this semester and year. Getting back into the grind might be a little hard at first, but it's something that's comfortable (until midterms or finals).

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.

I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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