5 Differences Between Your First Day Of College Vs. The First Day Of Your Last Semester

5 Differences Between Your First Day Of College Vs. The First Day Of Your Last Semester

Fall, freshman year: You have all the textbooks you need. Spring, senior year: You haven't even thought about ordering textbooks.

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With the last semester of college coming up, it can be interesting to reflect on the first semester you ever had and just how little you knew. Take a trip down memory lane and thank the universe for not being that gullible freshman anymore.

1. Your outfit

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Fall, freshman year: You try to look cute as possible. Your outfit is on point and your hair and makeup are done.

Spring, senior year: It snowed, and now you're wearing the shoes that will be most likely to keep you safe and you are bundled in five layers.

2. Your supplies

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Fall, freshman year: You have all the textbooks you need, notebooks for every class, and three pencils in your new book bag.

Spring, senior year: You haven't even thought about ordering textbooks, your book bag is falling apart, and you remember to throw a pencil in your bag as you're walking out the door.

3. Your mindset

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Fall, freshman year: You're nervous about your classes but excited to learn new things

Spring, senior year: You don't know where your classes are, and nothing sounds remotely interesting. Why do I have to be here? I'm already in grad school or know what I'm doing with my life.

4. Your friend group

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Fall, freshman year: You desperately try to find other people in your class and the idea of sitting by yourself gives you anxiety. Once you get to class, you try to talk to everyone near you and make friends.

Spring, senior year: You know most (if not all) the people in your major, you have at least one friend in your class, or you just don't really mind sitting by yourself anymore, let alone trying to make small talk with strangers at one of your 9ams.

5. Your confidence

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Fall, freshman year: You feel like you know nothing and everyone is older and wiser than you. You can't wait until you're their age and know everything.

Spring, senior year: You realize that there is no such thing as wisdom and that you're still not really prepared. The difference is is that now you just don't care.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

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20 Spots That Make The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Your Personal Photo Studio

Artsy AF.

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New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is so big, I wasn't able to reach every corner in the countless hours I spent there. If you ever find yourself in this aesthetic paradise, check out these spots for the best photo ops.

1. Start outside

A huge fountain sits outside the Met and is the perfect start to your photo festivities.

2. A dip in the pool

While you can't go for a swim, some people may sneak a toe in the fountain to cool down.

3. Bring out the MOODINESS

We love a moody facial expression to bring life to this photo.

4. Find a friend

Find a friend and color coordinate your outfits because that's what friends are for.

7. Life imitates art

Grab a friend and pose as ridiculously as the figures on the art.

6. Life IS art

Spot the difference.

5. Memes imitate art

Haha, GOT 'EM.

8. I am art

My friend said this sculpture looked like Avatar Aang so here I am, trying to channel the airbending spirit within me.

9. Dangerous beauties

We love some sexy ladies who appreciate fine and classical art.

12. This is just an illusion

There is a glass barrier preventing anyone from picking this teacup up. But you could fool a couple people with the right angle.

10. This is just the illuminati

It's a conspiracy.

11. This is just a wall

Even the things not meant to be artsy can be artsy.

13. Jin in "Fake Love"

If you look up "Jin Fake Love" on Google, you will see exactly what we were trying to imitate for this photo.

14. Candle goddess

According to my friend who snapped this photo, the candles look like antlers on my head. We love imaginative minds.

15. Free her

Save her.

16. Religious queen

Sacrifice your religious beliefs for this holy photo.

17. Eye see you through the stars

Again, angles are everything.

18. Plant lady

This green haired lady admires her plant friends.

19. Save her

Free her.

20. Power poses

Hold your model poses and teach a stranger how to use your camera before taking a picture of you in this garden.

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