A Scientifically Accurate Dissection Of The Mid-Semester College Student

A Scientifically Accurate Dissection Of The Mid-Semester College Student

From head to toe, we're all looking not so good.
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At the beginning of the first semester, college students everywhere were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for what they thought would be, a great semester. I mean, why wouldn’t it be? You got all the classes you wanted, you and your friends are already establishing where to go for lunch breaks, you had a new gym plan and started to eat super healthy and who could forget the social aspects of college? This was going to be YOUR year.

Fast forward to November, and those same college students are eating their words.

Look at all of us. We’re like walking zombies! Students at this point in the semester can only communicate in grunts, groans, and the occasional blubber through yet, another meltdown at the library. The classes that you were so excited to take are kicking you in the rear. Eating? Not for you with all the work you have. Eating healthy? HA. You’re practically living off of vending machine cuisine at this point and don’t even start with the gym. If you don’t have time to sleep why in the world would you have time to go run on a treadmill for an hour?

Let’s dig deeper and analyze:

The mid-semester college student’s bloodstream is 90% coffee and 10% actual blood. There are dark, hollow circles under the eyes of the mid-semester college student, indicating the lack of sleep due to burning the midnight oil because of Intro to Hell 101 taught by Professor Lectures-a-lot. And no, those bags are not designer.

Let’s move onto facial expressions. To simply sum it up, the facials of a mid-semester college student would make outsiders think that their childhood pet just died, they lost the lottery and they constantly smell a dead skunk. Either that or dead-pan. Those are the two faces of a mid-semester college student.

Attire. The attire of the beginning of the semester college student is carefully planned out to match the shoes and accessories. We all looked on fleek. We #DressedToImpress. Now, we dress for comfort, sometimes wearing the same shirt for three days straight. Mid-semester college students love to wear hats to cover up the fact that they haven’t showered that week and since the weather is getting colder, not only do we all look like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man because we’re layering up but we’ve all decided to stop shaving!

Now that we've dissected the mid-semester college student, keep in mind that they're emotional beings around this time. Anything can trigger them...puppies, tests, lack of sleep, ANYTHING. With that in mind, be wary of what you say to them as if they start crying for any reason, it's on you.

Luckiy, Thanksgiving is here! Hang in there, friends!

Cover Image Credit: Madelene Whitfield

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

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I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Momentum Chrome Extension

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