College As Told By Psych

The Last 2 Weeks Of Your Fall Semester, As Told By 'Psych'

Wait for it. Wait for iiiiit...finals are almost here!

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Christmas is coming, and it's the most wonderful time of the year...for some people, anyway.

For us college students, the end of the semester is rapidly approaching, which means we have tons of work to finish up between now and then. And it doesn't end there, either! After that, we have an entire week of final exams, meaning it's the time to hunker down and study, among other things (i.e. cry).

Everyone needs a laugh around this time, so here are some relatable situations you'll find yourself in during these last few weeks, as told by your favorite fake psychic and his partner.

You have a million things to do and don't know where to start, so instead you just do nothing.

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We've all been there. Prioritizing is challenging, and sometimes procrastination causes you to dig yourself into a hole. It's tough to get out of that place, and to compensate for your jam-packed day of doing nothing, you chug a caffeinated beverage and get shit done. You tell yourself you'll learn from your mistakes, but it's quite probable that you'll do it all over again next semester.

The moment you realize there's too much to do and too little time.

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Honestly, no explanation needed here. I don't care how diligent a student you are, everyone has found themselves here at one time or another during their college career. Occupied binging TV shows and indulging in other time wasters, you failed to account for how much time that paper, project, or study session would take to complete, and now you're screwed! Whoops! Cue the mental breakdown!

Deadlines.

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You know the feeling. You've got a paper, a project, and two exams scheduled during the same week. You've had plenty of time to study and work on those assignments, but at the time, watching Netflix and eating Funyuns seemed much more appealing. Sigh...better grab some more coffee.

You and your friend are studying, but you get hungry. And perhaps a bit distracted.

"Bet."

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Nobody feels like heading out to the dining hall around finals week, and every once in a while, you need a break from studying. Fast food hits the spot after a grueling study session. What harm can a midnight taco run do, besides hurt your wallet and long-term health?

The professor assigns an unreasonably large workload.

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There's one insane professor in everyone's schedule. This professor expects you and your classmates to bang out two papers, a project, and an exam in two short weeks. You're only human beings, but apparently they've forgotten that. They're probably too busy hiding out in their lair, plotting ways to make all of you more miserable.

You're messing around, so your friends yell at you to study.

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If your friends keep you in check about completing your assignments on time, nag you about studying, and look out for you, those are some good quality friends. Don't let them go, and appreciate what they do for you. And if you are that friend, kudos to you.

Helping your buddies through their inevitable mental breakdowns.

You'll get through it together.

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College is a rough time for everyone, and when finals roll around, everyone's stress levels double. As long as you've got a support system and some determination, you'll be fine. Work hard, take care of yourself, and ace those finals!

You pass your finals!

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There's no better feeling than when all that stress and hard work pays off, and you do well on your final exams. It's not for nothing, and what you put into it is what you'll get out of it. Not to mention, celebrating afterwards is the best feeling in the whole world!

Good luck to all the college students out there during the last few weeks of the semester! Stick it out and don't give up, because it's worth it.

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.

“Why?"

"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.

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To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.

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" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.

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3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.

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4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.

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5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

visual representation of what it looks like when you join too many clubs

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6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.

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7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.

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8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.

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9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.

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10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.

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11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.

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12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout

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13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.

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14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.

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