Stop Telling Freshman Their Lives Aren't That Hard

Hey Upperclassmen, Stop Telling Freshmen That Their Lives Aren't That Hard Yet

I'm tired of upperclassmen lecturing freshmen about how easy their lives are right now.


For a lot of us, freshman year was at least two or three years ago and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with graduation finally in sight. However, we are also learning that junior and senior year consists of endless exams, homework, and classes that actually require good attendance. So, for some of us, it can be hard to take pity on some freshmen when they complain about how hard their first or second semester has been and how much work their classes have been so far.

But something to keep in mind is that we have all been there, so instead of telling these people that freshman year isn't actually that hard, we need to lift them up. Everyone's first semester at college can be difficult, especially since there is some accumulation involved with students that have moved away from home or are dealing with bad roommates or struggling with being an undecided major and not being able to figure out what they want to do in life.

By the time people have reached their junior and senior year, they have been living away from home for a while now, so it isn't even something that you think about anymore, and instead, you are focusing on your rigid syllabuses and long-answer exams.

Another thing that upperclassmen need to consider is the fact that even though you can use the excuse that freshmen are just taking their general education classes, that is not true for all freshman. More and more freshman are coming into their first years with high amounts of college credit from high school, and some even have their first two years completed when they start at UCF. That means that many freshmen are already deeply involved with the classes for their major and may already be doing the same thing that other students are doing when they are juniors and seniors.

The main message of this is that we need to be supporting our freshmen instead of trying to tear into their confidence, especially if they are one of the ones that are already in the classes that they need for their major or are the ones that are taking upwards of 15 credit hours or more.

By telling freshman that their lives aren't that hard yet is just going to make them less likely to reach out to people if they need help or are struggling, and it isn't really your place to say whether or not their lives are actually that hard. Everyone has their weeks when they have an exam due every day and a 10-page paper at the end of the week. At least try to hold a little bit of sympathy for other people, especially if they feel comfortable enough to open up and talk to you about how their classes are going at that moment in time.

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I Don't Care How Hard Your Major Is, There Is No Excuse Not To Have A Job While In College

If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.


We seem to live in a generation where everyone wants to go to college.

It is nice to see that people want to invest in their education, but at what expense? It's easy to commit to a school, and it is even easier to get yourself and your parents into thousands of dollars of debt because you're "living your best life."

To me, it's pathetic if you're over the age of eighteen and you don't have some sort of income or responsibilities outside of homework and attendance. The old excuse, "I want to focus on school," is no longer valid. You can get all A's while having a job, and that has nothing to do with intelligence, but rather your will to succeed. "I don't have time for a job/internship," translates to, "I'm really lazy,".

You don't need to overextend yourself and work forty hours a week, but you should at least work summers or weekends. Any job is a good job. Whether you babysit, walk dogs, work retail, serve tables or have an internship. You need to do something.

"My major is too hard," is not an excuse either. If you can go out on the weekends, you can work.

The rigor of your major should not determine whether or not you decide to contribute to your education. If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.

Working hard in school does not compensate for having any sense of responsibility.

I understand that not everyone has the same level of time management skills, but if you truly can't work during the school year, you need to be working over the summer and during your breaks. The money you make should not exclusively be for spending; you should be putting it towards books, loans, or housing.

Internships are important too, paid or not.

In my opinion, if you chose not to work for income, you should be working for experience. Your resume includes your degree, but your degree does not include your resume. Experience is important, and internships provide experience. A person working an unpaid internship deserves the same credit as a student working full/part-time.

Though they are not bringing in income for their education, they are gaining experience, and opening up potential opportunities for themselves.

If you go to college just to go to class and do nothing else, then you don't deserve to be there. College is so much more than just turning in assignments, it is a place for mental and academic growth. You need to contribute to your education, whether it is through working for income or working for knowledge or experience.

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I'm A Girl In Engineering And It's Not As Easy As It Looks

It's not always easy being the only girl in the room.


Coming into college, I knew I wanted to major in engineering, and I was well aware that I would be in the minority because I am a girl. I always thought that I would be ready and prepared for this, but after being in college for a few weeks, I started to feel a little weird.

I noticed that I was one of the only girls in my lecture classes and it was rare if any of us ever decided to speak up in class or ask questions. Seeing as I am very introverted, I also struggled to make friends in classes where people didn't just take the initiative and talk to me. My classes seemed quiet and seemingly being the only girl in the room as intimidating.

Luckily, I did find friends within my major and I have been able to get to know them and study with them. We are always able to run to each other for help if we need to, and we always go to each other for group projects.

So, it's not always bad being the only girl in the room, just know that it will be weird. You will have to work extra hard to make friends, but you will be ok. Talk to the person sitting next to you, make friends. It will be awkward, but in the end, it'll all be ok.

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