From The Girl In High School Taking College Classes

From The Girl In High School Taking College Classes

I might not have to pay money for classes, books, and tuition, but college classes are not hard.
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Before I actually start this article, I just want to make it clear that I'm not one of those high schoolers that have like one college class after I have all my high school classes. I'm also not dual-enrolled so I don't have two classes or whatever during the day.

I'm an early college student which means that I take NO high school classes and ONLY college classes each semester, I take 12 credits each semester which leads to about four classes every semester. I've been taking college classes since my sophomore year of high school and this is recently my senior year.

I have one thing to say and one thing only; college is not as hard as people make it seem. Now, I don't have to pay for classes or tuition or books or housing, everything is provided for me except food. But I'm not talking about all the money you have to pay, I'm only talking about classes.

I hear people whining about how their classes are hard, it's hard to juggle practice and work, and they get no sleep.

I've passed every college class with a B or higher. And I'm not one of those smart people who doesn't do any extracurriculars and studies during my free time.

I have work, rehearsals for theatre, and practice for sports. I don't study for exams or quizzes until the day before. I write my essays the day before or the day they are due. Sometimes I don't go to class because I'm tired. During my free time, you will most likely find me sleeping, watching Netflix, or finding the motivation to do homework I have. And when I'm in class, half the time spent in there is me on my phone.

But college classes still aren't that hard.

I feel like if you pay attention to key stuff and stop handing in shitty work then you can pass the class.

Here's a tip: Look at your grades.

I look at my grades every week and if I'm close to getting anything lower then a B, then I make sure the next assignment is the best I can do for that assignment. Don't let your grades get lower then a B. If you do, then that final exam will do nothing for you. I've taken a 300 level class and I passed it, you have to use that final exam to your advantage.

Another tip: Actually take time out of your day to do some homework.

Use your strengths for school. If you can write a great paper pretty fast, then save that for the day before. But if you know you have to read a chapter in a book that's really boring for a class that you really don't want to take but have to for your major, then don't wait until the day of or even the day before. You're not going to get it done. Trust me. Take time a couple days before it's due and read a few pages.

If a bunch of early college students can pass college classes and still do extracurriculars and work, then so can you.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

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

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

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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.

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Patience Is More Important Than A 4-Year Degree

One means nothing without the other.

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Senior year makes you reflect on what you've accomplished in your college career. The classes, professors, peers, clubs and organizations, great choices, terrible choices, and everything in between all accumulates into one unique experience for each individual. If there's one thing that I've learned while putting my life into perspective this year, it's that college is mostly bullshit.

Yes, classes can be cool and informative. Yes, you can learn a lot from your professors. But how much of what you learn in the classroom directly relates to what you'll be doing for a living? Unless you're going to med school, probably not much. Do any internship, talk to any person in a company that you want to work for, and they'll all tell you the same thing – what you went through to earn your 4-year certificate to work is only 5% of what you need to do the job.

You need hard skills, which are things that directly translate into your performance as a worker. You need people skills, aka "well yes this person is certainly qualified to do the job, but am I going to enjoy being in an office with them for 40 hours per week or more?" Most importantly, however, I think you need patience.

College students are under so much pressure in the 18-25 age range to have our lives completely figured out. If we don't, then the older generation and even our peers like to frame us as failures. In reality, less than one percent of us know what we want to do for the rest of our lives and we try painting a picture on social media and construct great narratives in person to make it seem as if we know what we're doing. Why can't we emphasize patience as it is a powerful virtue?

We get so caught up in other's expectations of us that we forget that we are only in the first quarter of our lives, and we have the entire ball game to go (thanks @garyvee for that line). Why do people get so bent out of shape when we're not even at halftime? Patience is incredibly important to learn, both for your mental health and ability to perform. Most of what you learn to do your job will be learned while on the job, so stressing out about grades shouldn't be your top priority. Yes, making good grades is optimal, but employers will be more impressed with what you've managed to do aside from earning your grades in school.

Most of us at this age are going to be able to work until we are in our 70s easily (thanks to healthcare and technology). This means we have 40-50 really good years of production in us. It took the best basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, seven years to win his first title. If Jordan was patient enough to go seven years being the greatest player, then you can stay patient for a few years to figure out what you love to do and become great at it. Four years in college is nothing in relation to your entire career, especially when the value of those four years doesn't come from your classes, but instead your connections.

Our greatest weakness in this generation is our lack of patience and perspective. It becomes a dangerous thing when we have a loaded resume, have ample skills, a great personality, awesome work ethic, but still think we are failures because we don't have a job or aren't entirely sure of where we're going with our lives. If you're that college student (and trust me, I was for a long time), finding your patient side and gaining that perspective on life will help you go a lot further than sweating the small stuff.

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