Don't Be That Second-Semester Sophomore Who's Wasting Her Best Years Alarmed And Worried Over Her Major

Don't Be That Second-Semester Sophomore Who's Wasting Her Best Years Alarmed And Worried Over Her Major

Trepidation, worried, and frightened about majors and minors.
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In addition to the long anticipation of hopefully getting the internship and job of choice, many are still waiting to hear back if they get into their majors. Alarmed and worried are the only two things second semester sophomores at the University of Delaware are currently feeling.

I went into freshman year with a communication interest, hoping to eventually get into the major. All students with a communication interest will hear if they get accepted or denied sometime this summer. There is most definitely a lot of trepidation when pondering the thought that you can possibly get denied from your major that you've been working so diligently for the past two years for.

It brings down your ego thinking you're not good enough for the major, or students at the university are way smarter than you. It's hard to avoid these feelings in its entirety.

To help your chances of getting into this major, there are a few steps you can take. For starters, checking the requirements on UDSIS can point you in the right direction, displaying the grades you need for this major. Remember, all professors want to see their students succeed, not fail. It is important to keep that thought in mind and to not jump to conclusions. It's much better to stay positive than to think the worse because if you have your mind set on failure, you will proceed to fail.

If you see that you're satisfying the requirements, then you can take a deep breath, relax, and keep doing exactly what you're doing. On the other hand, if you're not fulfilling these requirements, or aren't succeeding to a higher potential, get academic help. You're the only person who can make a difference. Go to your professor's office hours.

Your professor is always the most knowledgeable when it comes to his or her specific class, so go with questions relating to confusion, exams, how to effectively study, and much more. If your professor doesn't have an assigned office hour time, don't be afraid to email to schedule an appointment. Your professor will be happy that you are taking initiative and might add on an extra point to your overall grade!

At the end of the day, all you can do is try your personal best and to the fullest extent. You need to go in with an all or nothing mentality, meaning go in 100%. In addition, always have a plan A, but never a plan B. If you have a plan B, then you are settling. Therefore, you can have a second plan A. Again, but never a plan B. This way, you won't regret what you didn't do or live up to your fullest potential!

Don't settle for meritocracy.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

Crying.

Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

A to-do list app for your phone! I love this just to organize what my top priorities are.

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