6 Thoughts About Finals Week As Told By The Cast Of Friends

6 Thoughts About Finals Week As Told By The Cast Of Friends

They will NOT be there for you
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Thanksgiving break is over, and college students have returned back to school for the next few weeks from hell. Studying for finals begins to take over and the stress kicks in. It seems like there's no way out, yet in just a few weeks we will all be home again relieved that these weeks are done.

1. Your days are spent in the library, so when you get back to your dorm you just need to recollect yourself and think about how much you actually have done.

2. There is no easy way to put it besides you just have no idea what you have learned since August.

3. After the confusion sets in, you get to the point that you have to accept the facts written on a page even if you have no clue the story behind the facts.

4. When your professor’s voice is stuck in your head like the devil, and you know he is the one generating your grade.

5. You are ready to just take the L.

6. Congratulations, your finals are over and you can smile and breathe once again.


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Being A Future Educator And Dealing With School Shootings

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If you haven’t heard about the 18 school shootings that we have had so far while President Donald Trump, then you need to catch up on your news. 2018 has been rough so far and these events have changed and impacted the United States and the education system.

I’m going to college to be an elementary education teacher and with all of these recent school shootings happening and everyone constantly talking about it, it’s completely devastating. There are so many other students like me who are completely dedicated to being a teacher and loving our students that we pray this would NEVER happen to our school let alone ANY school. It’s nerve-racking and heartbreaking for the future teachers, present teachers, staff, kids, parents, families, and everyone else. It’s terrifying for me because there’s always a thought or a possibility that something like a mass shooting on a school campus could happen to my school. Whether that’s a school I’ll teach at in the future or while I’m in college. I pray it never happens. But it would be utter chaos if it did.

It would be like any other normal school day. Except for this time the school is on lockdown. This time all the teachers are doing their protocol and trying to protect their students. We have fire drills, tornado drills, earthquake drills, lockdown drills but what about mass shooting drills? It’s a scary thing to deal with. Fast forward to all the police showing up to the school: the parents freaking out and wanting to know where they’re children are. The families of the teachers and staff freaking out over their family members safety. It’s all too real.

This is about gun control; I’ve heard both sides of this story. Some people think teachers should have guns in the classroom to protect their students and some people disagree. Is gun control about making it more difficult for people to get guns or making it easier? There are two sides to this and I’m in the middle observing both sides of the argument. More gun control laws would reduce death but the con of that is gun control laws do not deter crime, but that gun ownership deters crime. Will gun control laws prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws? Probably not. Are gun control laws such as background checks an invasion of privacy? There are so many factors to be thought of about this subject. I’m not one for politics and I like I said I’m in the middle of the two. It's time we have gun safety in America to prevent more innocent lives of adults and children from being hurt or killed.

This map shows the gun carrying policies in all 50 states as of 2017. Think about it.

I think we can speak for all education majors that the last thing you want to hear when you are sitting in a classroom trying to learn how to be a teacher is people discussing one of the worst things that you can imagine happening as a teacher. We all know it happened, and we are all aware it needs to be talked about, but rehashing something over and over, especially something as tragic as this does nothing but put people against each other. We all want better conditions for our kids, no matter what your political standing is. So, instead of posting every disturbing video, comment or picture that can possibly be found on the internet, talk to your representatives, consider the opinions of the people around you, and remind yourself what we all know but is very easy to forget: most people in this world are good.

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Let's Arm the Teachers

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The news is swirling and people seem to be losing their minds over school shootings (as they should be). From conversations on mental health to intense arguments on gun control, the national dialogue on school shootings has once again reached a peak. Survivors are seeking action by politicians now more than ever - although many have been fighting for change for decades.

The newest, most creative, "ah-ha" idea in many localities around the country is to arm teachers and administrators with guns to protect students. Whether this idea seems genius or like the stupidest thing you've ever heard, I am not concerned. Put it in a Facebook post.

I want to talk about a different kind of armament for teachers and school district employees. What if the government armed schools with the supplies, salary, and training to protect their students in a way in which they were capable of the positive mental, physical, and emotional development to protect them from a plethora of disasters including suicide, bullying, poverty, and, yes, school shootings? What if all teachers, not just private school teachers, were given the resources to properly support their students? This could lead to a compounding of armament meaning that students would be provided with the 'arms' (support and skills) they need to protect themselves from poverty, mental and physical illness, violence, etc.

Picture this, a student is struggling in school academically and socially. A teacher being paid sufficiently, with enough free time due to small class sizes, with the motivation and drive through proper training by their administrators, and with the extra supplies to help his or her students practice and understand class material is equipped to support the student emotionally and academically. This student, with this careful attention from the teacher improves in school socially and academically to become a productive member of society with some self esteem as icing on the cake.

The student without these resources falls through the cracks. He or she remains behind in school, emotionally damaged, and vulnerable to failure. Failure comes in many forms whether it be not graduating, not getting a job, falling into poverty, getting into trouble with drugs and alcohol, not having friends, deteriorating mental health, etc. These things are as much of a threat to one's life as gun violence. Furthermore, these things can lead to gun violence.

I do not agree with those who want to arm teachers with guns in order to protect students, but I do believe, although to a different degree, that education and strong teachers have great amounts of power in protecting the world. I believe it is possible, through funding and stronger infrastructure, for education, specifically public education, to protect students from violence inside and outside of school buildings themselves.

Overall, the politics of gun violence in America is complicated and wrought with many strong and conflicting opinions. I believe the most recent solution, to arm teachers, is complicated and dangerous, but my point has nothing to due with this discussion. I believe, though, that teachers should be armed with resources much more effective in the long run than guns. I believe in the power of teachers to keep students safe.

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