End of the Semester Blues

End of the Semester Blues

The struggle that comes at the end of Spring semester.
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The end of the semester is always a hard thing to get through, especially during the spring semester. . .

The weather starts to warm up, bringing back the memory of summer and the idea of being free from school! Not only are these semester blues about the want and need of a break from school, but also the sadness from seeing friends graduate. This is my junior year of college, so this is the year when a lot of close friends are graduating and moving away. This is the first time since high school that I have really had to say goodbye to a lot of my friends, and of course buy them gifts. It is weird that my friends and I have started to become real adults, which also does not help with these blues — but I think it is mostly the weather.

When the weather gets warmer, the harder and harder it becomes to get work done. Your motivation goes right out of the windows you chose to open since the breeze felt nice. But, this is when your motivation is needed most. You have at least four term papers due with eight presentations, which of course are all group presentations. This is what is so wrong with the spring semester, you want to be outside, at the beach, or taking drives, but you cannot; you must sit in class and in the library working on papers, trying to get a good time that your group could meet — which there usually is never a time that works for everyone.

The combined lack of motivation and the amount of work becomes overwhelming so much so that it seems best to procrastinate even more on those assignments. And since you may be graduating and stressed about jobs after college, it is difficult to focus on any of these assignments. You want to make the most of your last semester, the last time you may see some of these amazing friends you have made at college. Even if you are not graduating you are probably trying to spend those moments with your friends who are graduating, or the friends you have made in your first year and make sure you will stay in touch over summer!

I know it is hard to stay motivated. . . writing this involved forcing myself to sit down and work, but I was able to accomplish it! You are able to do anything, especially if it is last minute and it's the night before it is due. . .

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

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Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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