The 13 Phases Of Your Fall Semester, As Told By 'Parks And Rec'

The 13 Phases Of Your Fall Semester, As Told By 'Parks And Rec'

I used to be a Leslie, but college has turned me into a Ron.

Ah, Fall: a time of football games, pumpkin flavored everything and, unfortunately, school starting back up. Don't get me wrong, school can be great and all, but sometimes it makes me want to drown myself in the closest sorority girl's pumpkin spice latte.

From insane professors to late night studies, college can often test your will to survive, or at least your will to graduate. Regardless of how stressful it gets, we often push through to the end. Each semester will take its usual course, and what better way of explaining this incredible journey than by the cast of Parks and Rec?

1. Syllabus week

You usually start off confident, maybe even a little ambitious if you want to get crazy. I think it's something to do with getting new school supplies that makes us feel like we "have it all together."

2. The first weekend of the semester

Now that you've finished your first week of the year, why not celebrate? This is when classes are the easiest so take advantage of this one time of not being completely stressed and have a little fun.

3. First major test/assignment is due

You want to start off on the right foot, right? Not being 100% on how the teacher grades, you try your hardest to get that A.

4. The first "I think I'm going to skip"

You think you've gotten the hang of things and your grades are looking good, so why not skip? Well, considering you or someone else is having to pay for you to be there, you probably shouldn't. So, even though it may seem impossible, try to resist this temptation.

5. The mornings start to get a little harder

Just picture that phone as my alarm clock.

6. When your professors start acting like their class is the only class you take

But why do some professors like to make intro classes as difficult as they possibly can? This is an intro bio exam, not the MCAT.

7. It's is FINALLY Thanksgiving break

^ ^ ^ My response whenever a relative asks how college is going.

At least you get to hoard up on all the Thanksgiving leftovers so you have something to stress eat later.

8. Break is over, so now back to ignoring my problems

Now that break is over and finals week is on the horizon, reality has never hit so hard, but you did JUST get back from break so I'm sure those problems can wait a little longer?

9. Assignments are in full over-drive as professors desperately cram everything in before finals

^ ^ ^ Imagine: Tammy is an overwhelming amount of schoolwork and you are Leslie.

10. Beginning of finals week

This is what the entire semester has been leading up to and YOU GO THIS.

11. Mid finals week

Wow, okay, you def don't "GOT THIS."

12. End of finals week

Because of the lack of sleep and extreme stress you may be a tad loopy, but don't let it distract you! Just push through the next exam or two and then you're done!

13. When you finish your last final

Rolling into Christmas break like ^ ^ ^

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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

Sit down, be humble.


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.


" 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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.


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


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


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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