If Disney Characters Were The College Grads You'll Be Walking Across The Stage With

If Disney Characters Were The College Grads You'll Be Walking Across The Stage With

Every single one of you falls into at least one of these categories.
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There are many different types of graduating seniors: the one going to grad school, the “gap year” friend, etc. Here is what each of your friends is, as defined by Disney.

1. The one who got a full-time offer in August: Lt. Judy Hopps

This friend just really always has their stuff together. They got an offer — probably for a much higher salary than you — right out of their equally impressive internship, and they coast through senior year without a care in the world. They’ve always known what they wanted to do and they were determined to get it done!

2. The one going to grad school: Belle

This is the friend that LOVES SCHOOL SO MUCH. They have been perfectly content spending every day studying and would love for this to be something they do for another one to six years. Most likely, they are still going to get paid less than the average graduate because they’re pursuing their career because of passion rather than financial stability.

3. The one taking a gap year: Moana

They’ve been looking for adventure their entire lives, and are finally taking the chance to go on a life-changing journey of self-discovery in hopes that they will come back and the answer to “what should I do with my life” will be waiting for them.

4. The one going back home: Pacha

Sometimes you just need to take it back to your roots, and this friend, like Pacha, is looking to go home to find comfort. They may have a great paying job, or may just want to take it easy for a while, but they value their family time more than anything else.

5. The one who gets hired at the last minute: Mike Wazowski

This friend is like Mike in college — they aren’t really given any credit when it comes to academics until the last minute when they get their dream job and end up doing terrifically. And just like Mike in the OG Monsters movie, they end up being the star of the show and thrive wherever they are.

6. The one who still doesn't know what they're going to do: Dory

This is the person who everything just always seems to work out for. Like Dory, they’re kind of just floating around, waiting for an opportunity to drift their way. They don’t have a job — or any prospect of one for that matter — but they’ll probably land one a few months after they graduate and will end up being happy.

7. The "ring by spring" couple: Anna and Hans

This couple rushed into the whole “relationship” thing. They are getting married within a year, and have already figured out everything about their lives after they graduate. They seem to have everything figured out and are known in their circle as the “Golden Couple,” for now.

8. The one who JUST decided their major: Rapunzel

This person is pretty scattered, hopping from one major to another until it’s too late to change it again. Don’t worry though, the job that they get will be one they choose out of passion, so their major really won’t have anything to do with it anyway.

9. The one who took a victory lap: Lightning McQueen

This one just wanted to go for a scenic drive rather than a full-on Piston Cup. They stayed in the game a bit longer than most people, but in the end, they are in the same position as anyone else graduating at this time.

10. The one who is taking over the family business: Simba

This friend majored in entrepreneurship and has been mentally checked out of college for at least three years. Like Simba, their path has been laid out for them, so they haven’t really had to worry about anything except getting their diploma.

11. The one with something to prove: Mulan

This is your friend who had the hardest major, took the most challenging electives, and is picking a job because of the high salary. When you ask them how they feel about graduating, they are the “man with a plan” and seem to have no fears about graduating and what it might bring.

12. The one moving to Disneyland: Peter Pan

They took “never grow up” a little too seriously, so instead of getting a normal adult job, they’re doing the Disney College Program until further notice.

Cover Image Credit: Disney

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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I Had School Choice, And It Better Prepared Me For College

Not all students can excel in the traditional brick-and-mortar school setting.

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As the years progress and people grow tired of traditional public education, more and more options of schooling are opening up: charter schools, virtual schools, magnet schools, Montessori schools—the list goes on. Some people see this as detrimental to traditional public education and claim that charter schools and such are taking money away from public schools, but these schools are not doing that. In fact, charter schools are public schools, and they most times receive less funding due to costs such as food, transportation, and the costs of running a traditional school building are eliminated. With these areas cut, charter schools are able to pay their teachers more generously and have higher per-pupil funding, which is increasing with their rapid enrollment. Oklahoma-based Epic Charter Schools, the virtual, one-to-one charter school I attended, is first in teacher pay and fourteenth in enrollment statewide. Having the option to go from a traditional school setting to something as innovative as Epic Charter Schools benefited me, and my graduating class of over 1000, tremendously and prepared me for college better than any brick-and-mortar school could have.

Throughout my schooling, I always went to public school. School was my absolute favorite thing. I'm the kind of person who gets extremely excited to buy school supplies and choose my classes. In elementary, I became a part of the gifted and talented program, and I never found school particularly challenging. This didn't bother me when I was younger because it seemed like there was always something to do after classwork was finished, such as coloring sheets, reading, etc. But when I got into middle school, this changed and I stopped liking school as a whole. When I would finish my work in class, there would be nothing to do and it was always too loud to read, so I was at a loss. Because of the lack of challenge for me, when I knew there would be nothing for me to do in class, or it was just going to be a day where we watched a movie, I wouldn't go to school. I did this so often that in middle school I actually failed classes that I had As in because of my attendance. The fact that I failed classes because of my absences didn't surprise me as much as the fact that I could keep As in said classes while missing so many days that they decided to fail me.

My freshman year went about the same as my middle school years—I was still missing a lot of class, and I started putting less and less effort into my work because I just didn't like school anymore. Finally, in my sophomore year after I started driving, I quit going to school altogether. I had heard of Epic Charter Schools, and I took it into my own hands to get enrolled and withdraw from my brick-and-mortar. My family wasn't too supportive of this, but I pushed for it hard enough that they finally came around.

The first semester of Epic was rough, to say the least. It was the first time in a long time that my work was challenging, and whoever says a virtual school is easy, you're completely wrong. The difficulty of virtual school doesn't even come from the subject matter; it comes from the accountability. I had a teacher, but she wasn't at my house every day telling me to do my work, so I put it off for weeks at a time. After some time, I finally found a schedule and the following semesters' virtual classes were a breeze because my time management skills had developed so much.

When my junior year came around, I was excited to start concurrent enrollment at a local community college. Through Epic, I was allowed to take as many college courses as I wanted as long as I was taking at least one class through Epic. At a typical public school, students are only allowed to take two per semester; I was taking four, sometimes five college classes while still in high school, and they were actually challenging me.I'm sure most people think that sounds expensive, but it really wasn't. In the state of Oklahoma, high school students receive a waiver for six credit hours' tuition for no cost, only fees are paid. For me, through Epic I received an additional eight-hundred dollars in a learning fund, which I applied to my tuition. I also received a tribal scholarship for my concurrent courses in exchange for completing community service hours.

Through Epic, I was able to complete 52 hours of college credit completely debt-free WHILE STILL ENROLLED IN HIGH SCHOOL! The summer after I graduated, I completed my Associate's degree at Tulsa Community College (61 credit hours), which all transferred to my current school, the University of Oklahoma where I am studying Language Arts Education to become a teacher (if you're reading this, Epic administrators, call me in 2020 when I'm certified).

Not only am I graduating college two years early, but I am also saving my future self at least 50 thousand dollars of debt.

Most importantly, though, through Epic, I regained my love for learning.

Epic high school students and traditional students alike: please take advantage of the opportunities presented to you whether it be concurrent enrollment or vocational school. After high school, you will be so glad to have some college experience before going to a four-year university or to have a certificate to move into the workforce.

As the Epic's motto says: school CAN be different.


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