The First Day Of School NEVER Gets Easier — High School, College, Doesn't Matter

The First Day Of School NEVER Gets Easier — High School, College, Doesn't Matter

No matter how long you go to school and no matter how much you like school, the first day never gets easier.

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The first day of school marks the end of the summer for students and parents. Some students welcome it, it's exciting to get through a year successfully and even more exciting when you know you're one step closer to the career of your choice.

For other students, it is agonizing to think you can't stay up late, have to wake up early — and even have to be productive. And for parents, young and experienced (old), it can be positive or negative.

It either means their baby is growing up or they don't have to deal with their kids anymore as they did in the summer. Which sounds bad but we all know we drive our parents crazy.

I was expecting my first day of high school to be so exciting and a new start. Well, you don't always get what you want. Not only did I show up an hour early because no one told me zero-hour didn't start until a couple weeks in, but I also had no idea where I was or where I needed to be.

I know I'm not the only one to have a similar story, every year of high school there was always something, classes that jumped straight into homework, teachers I knew I wouldn't click with, and even having classes with people I couldn't stand could ruin the day.

College hasn't been any better. My first day Freshman year, I was terrified, as any freshman is. I didn't know where I was going, I didn't know anyone because no one from my high school came to Western, and I just remember crying once I made it back to my dorm. This year, my first class was great. I got too cocky and thought "I totally know what I'm doing." My shuttle at Lark, the apartment complex is impossible.

So many people couldn't get on and were late for classes, and at one point I even had to wait an extra half hour to catch the shuttle home. And there's always at least one professor who wants to start the quarter the first day. The buses themselves also are full by the time they hit the stops closest to the University and no one wants to wait that long to take a bus to get to school.

Now, just because some of the first days were hard, they can also be so amazing. Nothing is better than not only making it to your classes on time but also getting a view of your course load and being able to feel out if you'll like the professor. The new classes also mean new opportunities, and hopefully new friends.

The first quarter is always the best, you have more motivation to do your work in the fall quarter, than in the winter, or spring so the fall quarter grades usually look best.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Education Is More Than What You Learn In The Classroom

You're so much more than your grades.

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We have a huge tendency in Western society to completely judge our self-worth based on our grades. As a sophomore in college, I can tell you that I definitely feel the pressure to maintain a perfect GPA and get As on every test. And while rationally, I know that one B wouldn't be the end of the world, I, like most college students, am conditioned to feel like I am inferior if my grades aren't in a certain percentile. Our learning is measured on a scale from 0-100%, which totally negates the majority of learning.

The most important things we learn aren't in the classroom.

That's right. For all our colleges' advertising and marketing slogans about how they are preparing students for the real world, they forget the most important part: we learn to be who we will become for the rest of our lives by making our own space and coming into our identity due to the world around us, not the tiny microcosm that is our classroom.

Invaluable experiences like travel, trying new things, "adulting," laughing and even reading books are much more educational than we would ever realize.

I've often complained that my high school and college don't offer classes on how to do your taxes, or do laundry or how to change a tire. But what I've realized is just because it isn't offered in the conventional atmosphere doesn't mean it isn't important to learn and doesn't mean I can't learn it on my own.

Teaching yourself is just as important as being taught.

Taking charge of your own education is something that advisors and parents often preach, but not necessarily in the way I mean. I'm not talking about getting yourself a tutor or going to supplemental help, I'm talking about learning the things you want to learn, regardless of whether you can take it in a classroom.

Like the main character in my absolute favorite movie, "Good Will Hunting," says, "You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library." While this is definitely an exaggeration and a college degree is by no means a waste of money, he does have a point. If you rely on professors and powerpoint presentations to provide your entire learning experience, you'll seriously miss out.

Studying every day isn't the way to learn.

So if it comes down to an extra hour of hitting the books or having those spontaneous life experiences and college adventures, always pick the adventure! In the end, you won't remember every single exam you took and what percentage you got, you'll remember the road trips, the nights you spent wheezing with laughter and the time spent making friends who will last a lifetime.

The stories you tell your kids and grandkids are more of an education than hours spent in a lecture hall. If you become the best and most educated person you can be of your own efforts, your grades will follow. And even more importantly, you'll realize that the little letters and numbers on a transcript don't mean much after all.

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