We Deserve More Professors Who Actually Care

We Deserve More Professors Who Actually Care

I'm not paying tuition for a walking, talking textbook.

Don't get me wrong-- I have no doubt that the vast majority of instructors carry a genuine passion for the material they teach. Unfortunately, I am not certain that the same can always be said regarding how much they care about their students. There is no denying that some care far more than others, and those are the instructors who truly make a difference.

I have thankfully had several absolutely fantastic professors and instructors so far in college. It was not until recently, though, that I noticed the disconnect between me as a student and the majority of my instructors. Unlike high school, I didn't have go-to instructors that were part of my academic support system.

After reaching out to one of my instructors for internship-related advice and receiving a wonderful amount of help and support, I realized how much I needed it. Not necessarily the advice itself, but simply knowing that I had support.

It is time for universities to start placing a heavier emphasis on hiring instructors who are not only knowledgeable and qualified but who truly want what is best for each and every student. Excellent instructors serve a greater purpose than relaying and explaining material. They are more than a walking, talking textbook. They are there to give students the tools they need to reach success, and at the very least, to guide students in the right direction.

You might be wondering why I bother writing all of this. Surely professors will help the students who ask for it, right? I suppose so, but I also strongly believe that instructors must make a conscious effort to create a welcoming environment. They need to encourage students to attend office hours, ask questions, and send emails. It is not difficult to discern the difference between instructors who begrudgingly provide their email address and instructors who actually want their students to reach out.

I am lucky because with the classes I have taken, most of my instructors at least knew my name. Many told us to reach out if we needed help. The best ones, though, were the ones who showed that they meant it.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.


The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.


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Martha McSally Could Still End Up In The Senate

Yep, you read that right. Martha McSally, who lost the senate race a month ago, could still end up in the U.S. Senate next to her former opponent, Kyrsten Sinema.


Martha McSally was the Republican nominee for Senate during the 2018 midterms in Arizona. She lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by roughly 55,900 votes. But many are speculating that McSally could still end up representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate. Jon Kyl, who was tapped to replace former Senator John McCain after his death said he will not stay in the Senate after this session ends. McCain's term doesn't end until 2022, but Kyl has remained adamant that he will not serve past this year. This leads to the question of who will replace him next year. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has the power to appoint Kyl's replacement if he decides to leave at the end of this session. Several think McSally will be the name he chooses. McSally would have a tough road ahead. It could be easier for her to win elections because she would be considered the incumbent.

State law requires that the Governor appoint someone of the same political party as the late senator. That would mean a Republican would have to be appointed, causing speculation that McSally would be that person. If appointed, she would have a tough road ahead of her. There would be a special election in 2020 to fill McCain's term, and then another election in 2022 to start a new term. All of this comes just weeks after Sinema defeated her in the Senate election. Most think that McSally is the front-runner for the seat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is lobbying hard to get her in the Senate. Other possible situations could arise such as Governor Ducey appointing himself to fill the seat. This one seems unlikely, however, considering if he does appoint himself, the next person to take the governorship would be Secretary of State-elect, Katie Hobbs, who is a Democrat. McSally is the strong front-runner for the seat and could end up next to her former opponent. We'll have to see how it plays out in the end, and we will certainly know who will or will not be filling this seat within the next few weeks.

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