9 Ways Harry Potter Represents The Last Few Weeks Of A Semester

9 Ways Harry Potter Represents The Last Few Weeks Of A Semester

Even the boy who lived had some tough days.

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1. There are all kinds of assignments.

In April it feels like the professors all conspired and decided to give LITERALLY every assignment in the last month. Every college student is losing their minds at this point.

2. Sickness is at an all time high.

Literally these last couple of weeks I feel like I was hit by a train. The stress and lack of sleep hits many college students in an unfortunate way at this point. Many of us are sick and feel like we are dying.

3. Patience is extremely thin.

If college students are quickly losing their tempers with you lately, don't take it to heart. Around this time we all just have very low patience. As a result, we get angry quicker and may be a little more aggressive in our words/actions.

4. Everyone is losing focus.

I literally feel like I have two brain cells left. My brain is fried. However, we are still fighting to make ourselves stay focused and finish strong.

5. Feelings of being a college drop out.

If you are a college student and you have not had this feeling yet, please tell me your secrets? I have had so much apathy towards college this past month. I have thought C's get degrees and would it really hurt if I dropped out? I mean I know and everyone else knows I'm not going to, but it still crosses my mind.. frequently.

6. Realizing finals week is approaching.

Finals week is coming.. fast. If you're like me, you are not prepared. Also, should probably get to studying! But we all know that me being me will wait until the last minute. (Don't be like me)

7. What finals week feels like.

Finals week is the week of mostly death and destruction to your well-being and for some people GPA. It is stressful. We all are just calculating our grades to see that hopefully we only need a low/average score on our finals to keep our grades. Whether it be tears of misery or tears of relief, there is an intense amount of crying this week.

8. Saying goodbye to all of your friends.

As much as I want to go home, I really will miss all my friends I have made this year. I know I will see them next semester, but I am going to miss seeing them on a daily basis or even every day. Especially because I might not seem some of them at all this summer.

9. Finally going home.

Finally we all get to go home. Now we can take a load off of our shoulders and enjoy our families for the summer. Which will hopefully recharge us for next semester!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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10 Things I Wish Someone Told Me BEFORE I Became A Senior

Advice for the graduating senior that nobody tells them.

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As a senior in college, I wasn't aware of the money, the time and the stress that would come along with graduation. After preparing for graduation, paying for everything and having several panic attacks, I've compiled a list of things every college student should know before becoming a senior.

1. Save up money for graduation

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Not only is paying for college expensive, with the University of Washington's estimated undergraduate resident tuition being $3,754 for 10–18 credits in a quarter, not to mention if you live in Court 17, the University's on campus housing, undergraduate rates range from $2,451-$4,221 per quarter, it's a good idea to save a few extra bucks for graduation.

Cap, gown and your major's tassel are about $50 for undergraduates, a guaranteed expense for graduates. However, there are other expenses as well when it comes to graduation.

2. Don't do graduation announcements through the school

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As a senior who has already gone through the graduation process, one option I had available was to have announcements made through the school. Simple, plain, university seal, and expensive!

Personally, I used Shutterfly. They came out looking professional and you are able to add your own personal touches to your announcements. Shipping however can seem a little bit expensive, but nowhere near how much it would be doing it through the school.

3. Have a friend or family member do your senior photos

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If you have a friend that does photography, or even just owns a camera, do whatever you have to in order to get them to take pictures of you. Buy them coffee, lunch — just do something so they will take pictures of you, as it can save you money down the road. A nice lunch or a cup of coffee will be a lot cheaper than paying a professional photographer to take your photo. However, some people want it done professionally or not at all, but it doesn't hurt to save a buck or two when you can.

4. Register for graduation during your Winter Quarter

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While you don't need to meet with an academic advisor until the beginning of Spring Quarter, every senior is going to be wanting to meet with them, and their availability is limited. Meet with them about half way through Winter Quarter, just to make sure your plan will work and you will graduate on time. If so, register for graduation. This will also avoid the crisis of advisors who decide to go on vacation or take a few days off and will be away from their emails while they are away.

5. Plan ahead for you guests

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Walking at graduation is a choice. For those who choose to walk, it's a pretty big deal and a lot of graduates plan on having friends, family and loved ones in the stands to watch. Be sure ahead of time if anyone needs special accommodations. That way, this can be specified when ordering tickets or can be discussed with an advisor. It's your big day, make sure everyone can come!

6. You classwork will pile up

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At the University of Washington, full time is considered 12 credits, which typically means students take three classes since most are worth five credits a course. Each class will have homework, quizzes, tests, midterms, projects, finals, possibly more. With registering for graduation, commencement and your last quarter all happening at once, things will start to feel like they are becoming too much. Be prepared and get organized to make it the easiest last quarter you can.

7. If you live on campus, move out little by little

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Move. Out. Little. By. Little.

I can not stress this enough! With scheduled move out days, so many people will want to be moving out the same day as you, which means little parking and cramped elevators. If you move out of campus housing little by little during the last month or so during the quarter, you will only have to pack up what you were using until the last moment. Making moving day so much easier!

8. Make time for yourself

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Making time for yourself is not selfish — it is key. Everyone needs a little bit of downtime to themselves, even the most social of butterflies. Make time to read, meditate, go for a walk, take a nap or two, make time for you! It gives you a mental break and you'll come back with fresh eyes and more motivated to get everything done on time!

9. It'll be fine!

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While the world is crashing down, your GPA struggles and motivation goes out the door, I promise that everything will be alright! Take it one day at a time, take time to breathe and everything will turn out fine.

10. Have fun and make memories

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While yes, you need to register for graduation, apply for commencement, pay for cap and gown, do your homework and study for tests, you're still in college. It is your last year, make it count! Go on that trip, go see that movie, meet that person, go to that event, make the most of your last year! There is no time like the present and for a lot of people, the undergraduate year in college is their last. Love life and make the most of it. Don't let deadlines become your life. Make time for friends, fun, and memories!

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