My Favorite and LEAST Favorite Thing About College

My Favorite and LEAST Favorite Thing About College

It is liberating yet lonely

This article was inspired by two MapWorks survey questions for my university and these following questions were on there:

What is your favorite part about college?

What is your least favorite part about college?

What is my favorite part about college?

My favorite part about college is all of the independence that I have. The freedom to do whatever my young heart desires. I can make or break rules, I can make bad decisions if I am up to it, and I have no boundaries to stop me from what I want to do.

I am not like that, I usually follow the rules, I study, I put in my time, being in college is like being in the doorway to adulthood, I don’t want to break down the door and ruin it, I have a whole house to explore. I have always been independent, even at a young age, I know how money works and I am not going to waste my money by doing bad things or buying unnecessary items. I want to better myself because it is my freedom to choose what I want to do. I have the choice to screw things up, I have the choice to better my life, and my independence lets me choose.

What is my least favorite part about college?

My least favorite part about college is the intense loneliness that I suffer. I am not saying that I am entirely lonely, I do have friends (back home), I have made friends (the people who forced me to talk to them, they are pretty cool and I love them), but I still feel lonely. I am from Pennsylvania (PA) whilst living in Wisconsin (WI), the people I am friends with here at UWW go home almost every weekend because they live a maximum of three hours away. I am stuck here in my empty dorm, in the empty residence hall on the empty campus. My feelings with being lonely merge with my feelings of missing my family in Pennsylvania and my hometown.

Homesick- adjective-sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time.

Homesickness is a real thing and it definitely factors in my sense of loneliness, it hurts emotionally and physically, and that is why it is my least favorite part of college.

Everyone’s favorite thing and least favorite thing about college are different for everyone. When I was told to answer these questions for the MapWorks Survey it really caused me to think “What IS my favorite AND least favorite thing about college??” I have talked to my college friends about these questions, my friends have definitely agreed to my least favorite thing about college. Typical things that I have heard talking to people for college:

Favorite: Parties; making friends; classes; leaving home; independence

Least favorite: Homesickness; loneliness; classes; professors; bad roommates; assignments

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What It's Like To Take A Class With Professor Yuri Urbanovich

My experience taking a class with one of the best professors at UVA.

I have taken multiple classes with Professor Urbanovich during my time at UVA, and he is one of my favorite professors. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he also pushes them to learn more than humanly possible in the span of 50 minutes.

Seriously, I have learned more in his classes about Russian history and politics than I could have ever imagined. Professor Urbanovich’s thick Georgian accent and recalls of personal experiences also make his classes more personal, allowing students to understand the nation’s history and politics on a completely different level.

No wonder his classes fill up in a matter of hours when course registration begins!

The best part of Professor Urbanovich’s class is the many repeated quotes that one can uncover during his lectures. I am currently taking a J-term course with Professor Urbanovich and I have noticed that he says some things a lot throughout the course of his lectures, which makes them that much more interesting and fun.

If you’re interested in taking a course with Professor Urbanovich, which I highly recommend, be aware of the fact that Urbanovich will say the following things a lot.

1. My friends...

Professor Urbanovich does not refer to his students as “you guys” or “ my students,” but rather “my friends.” He often starts his lectures with “my friends,” making the class more intimate and welcoming. He welcomes various thoughts and opinions and treats his students in a way that makes it seem like you really are friends with the professor.

I have only taken two classes with him, but he always remembers who I am (a rare occurrence at a large university).

2. It is inconceivable

Professor Urbanovich often says that certain events or occurrences are “inconceivable”, and when he does, you know that the even matters a lot in terms of Russian history. It’s sort of like a marker for the things you should absolutely remember after any given lecture.

Earlier this week, one of his students quoted Urbanovich’s “inconceivable” phrase during a presentation, and the entire class, including the professor, started laughing. It just goes to show how welcoming and fun his classes can be.

3. I mean, can you imagine...

This is something along the lines of “inconceivable”, but it happens on rare occasions, usually when Professor Urbanovich is comparing the US to Russia and explaining how various events that occur in Russia would not be welcomed in the US or any other nation.

For example, the Pussy Riot fiasco that occurred in Russia was a stab at the religious values present in Russia, but we idolize it in the US. If something like this had happened in Israel or any other nation with strong religious values, we would most likely look at it in a different light. I mean, can you imagine…

4. I am so proud of you

Professor Urbanovich values education over number grades, often telling students that he is extremely proud of the work they’ve done and that they will go far in life. He does give exams, homework responses, and various projects, as any professor would, but he often makes students feel accomplished and successful after the completion of any assignment.

His comments on most essays are very constructive and provide guidance toward the development of better writing skills and the creation of more ambitious future projects.

5. Don't throw potatoes at my head

On the first day of my J-Term class, Professor Urbanovich compared our class to a large group of protestors as a joke, saying that we shouldn’t throw potatoes at his head if we did not agree with one of his statements.

Throughout the course of the past two weeks, he has repeated this phrase several times, especially during lectures that might have sparked opposition among students. Professor Urbanovich says this in a joking way of course, and it makes the class seem less intense than it is, almost as if we were not learning 1000+ years of Russian history in the span of 10 days.

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21 Things To Do On Your 21st Birthday

You’re officially legal! It’s time to celebrate!

You’ve been waiting for this day for, well, 21 years! It’s one of the biggest milestone birthdays there is to look forward to. You probably never thought you’d make it to this point, but now that the day is here, there’s so much to do!

1. Drink!

2. Go out to dinner.

3. Go to the Casino.

4. Go on a winery tour.

5. Drink!

6. See a movie.

7. Drink!

8. Eat wine-flavored ice-cream!

9. Buy something for yourself.

10. Scratch lottery tickets.

11. Drink!

12. Go bowling.

13. Throw a party.

14. Go on a cruise.

15. Drink!

16. Dance.

17. Drink!

18. Go to a club with friends!

19. Celebrate with family.

20. Open presents.

21. Drink!

You’ve waited 21 years to legally have your first sip of alcohol, whether it be wine, beer or some fruity cocktail. The moral of this is it’s time to drink, so indulge yourself.

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