It's Time We Give Teachers The Love They Deserve

It's Time We Give Teachers The Appreciation And Love They Deserve For How Much They Do For Us

Teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world.

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Now that the school year is coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about all the things your teachers and professors have done for you over the past year. As students, we often tend to forget how much work our teachers do for us. When we complain about having to go to an 8 a.m. lecture, we forget that our teachers are probably waking up a lot earlier than we do to get campus. When we complain about teachers not responding to emails late at night, we forget that teachers have lives of their own.

Teachers probably have one of the hardest jobs in the world. I can't imagine having to stand up in front of 300 students every day to give a lecture, and yet there are so many professors who have been doing that for so long. I admire the confidence that I see in so many of my teachers who always bring so much energy to the classroom on rainy days. Teachers aren't just knowledgeable, they're also great communicators, listeners, and are great at thinking on their feet.

We also tend to forget that teachers want to see us succeed. Even when it doesn't seem like it, they believe in us. Teachers need to be able to challenge us without us getting frustrated that we'll have to work hard to get an A. Teachers want to get to know us and oftentimes we just need to take the time to go to their office hours and have a casual conversation.

I once went into a teacher's office hours and we ended up talking about traveling for about an hour. We tend to put up some kind of wall between us and the teachers, and I encourage you to try and break that down. Don't be afraid to meet with your teacher because most of them love getting to know students.

Additionally, let's not forget about how teachers in the US are paid significantly less than teachers in other countries. The Washington Post reports that, on average, American teachers only earn up to 60 percent of what other professionals with similar education levels may earn. This is the lowest rate in all 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Additionally, in terms of experience, teachers hardly get any pay raise compared to other jobs. The Washington Post reported that the top salaries for middle school students were just under $68,000, which only increased by $5,000 after 15 years of experience. Compared to Finland, there would need to be a 28 percent pay raise for upper school teachers in America to get paid the same amount.

Teachers are so undervalued and unappreciated in our society, and it's time we start showing them some more love. They've stuck with us to teach us the water cycle, long division, the solar system, electoral college, and have helped us make sense of the world around us. Whether you realize it or not, you've had at least one teacher who has been formative to who you are now.

Whether it's helping you develop your writing, giving career advice, writing you a recommendation letter, or simply making you laugh on a tough day, all our teachers deserve more appreciation. At the end of the year, consider giving something to your teachers to show your appreciation. A handwritten card will go a long way and your teacher will really appreciate it.

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The Stress Of Applying For Internships, As Told By The Cast Of 'New Girl'

Sometimes the hiring companies need Schmidt's Douche Bag Jar.

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Many college students are applying to summer internships and getting their foot in the professional world. We all know what it feels like to apply for a job. Each student knows the struggles that come along with applying for internships. The hardest part is applying for an internship that wants experience in the field, and you are thinking to yourself, "What? This is the experience I need!" The characters of "New Girl" perfectly express the process of applying to internships.

1. "Must be ___ major to apply."

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I personally think that your major should have something to do with the field you may want to go into. However, it sucks that some students can't even apply to certain internships even though you may be qualified besides that one criterion.

2. "Must be a rising senior."

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Are you serious? That is not fair! Those who aren't rising seniors still need internships. Yeah, I get that the company may want to hire the internship after the summer for a full-time position, but why not a sophomore or junior?

3. "Include your resume."

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Yeah, creating a resume can be difficult and overwhelming. What do I add to experience if this my first time applying to internships? Do I need a simple or fancy resume? Does it need to be on that thick shiny paper or is normal paper fine? Do companies actually read my resume when I submit it or email it?

4. Price of summer internship

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Is the internship worth not goofing around all summer with your best friends and staying up late? Will it be too overwhelming? Will I actually gain experience or will it just stress me out?

5. "Unpaid"

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Uhhhhh, no. I will not accept an internship that does not pay me. You shouldn't either! It is a joke and absolutely not worth the job!

6. *No Response*

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Getting nothing back from a company you applied to is the worst. It is actually worse than getting that rejection email. You put all this energy into researching and applying to the internship for the company to not reply. It is rude and makes life feel crappy.

7. "We'd like to set up a time for an interview."

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It worked! Your hard work paid off and you got the interview. Now the process isn't quite over but it is looking a lot better.

Now it is time for the interview. The interview can be a scary phase but you got this! The hard work is over now. An interview is basically a professional first date! Some are bad, some are great, and the others are in between. If the company does not choose you as their next summer intern, the cycle starts over again with applying. It may seem endless, but you got this!

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What I've Learned From Working At Subway

Getting a job is life changing and can help you in ways you didn't even know

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Okay, everyone has a job, right? Do you remember your first job? How did that job impact you? Did you befriend coworkers? Do you still talk to them and hang out? Did you tell them everything about you? Ask them for advice? Vent to them about something?

Most people get their first job at around 18 years old when they're in high school. During that time I was playing soccer and we either had a game or practice every day after school. Going in for the interview I was beyond nervous, I didn't really know what to expect. When it came time for my first day I was beyond nervous once again. I wasn't sure how I was going to do or what to expect from the other workers. However, I will say that I feel like it has helped me a lot.

At first, I was kind of shy, which is how I always am when I am in a new place with people I don't know. I wasn't sure if I was going to like my coworkers or if they were going to like me. It did take a while for me to open up completely.

After a while, we all got to know each other and I feel like we became friends. For me, they became my second family, okay third family. Granted we all didn't get along at first, but we did kind of have to get along because we are so small. We all see each other every day, even if we don't work with each other that day.

Thanks to getting a job at Subway, I've had to learn how to work with making sandwiches yes, but also how to interact with the customers. And by that I mean, we get a lot of different kinds of customers and we have to know how to deal with them accordingly. I have had people get mad at me for the prices changing, discontinued sandwiches, discontinued bread, coupons, and more.

I have been able to handle customers without getting upset about what they're complaining about. Which has allowed me to get a better understanding of what people who work fast food and customer service goes through. It has shown me to have patience when it comes to waiting in a long line for food. The workers are trying their best to get to you.

I've gotten more confident in my work and in my personal life as well.

My coworkers have helped me a lot in my life. I didn't drive when I first started driving, but I was starting to think about getting it and they encouraged me to go for it. They also helped me when I was scared and nervous about actually doing for the test itself. They also helped me ask my boyfriend out, they were there when I was confused about it all and told me that I should just go for it and not be scared about the outcome.

I was also able to buy a car as well as go to concerts. One of my coworkers is always getting tickets and inviting me to tag along, it's a lot of fun being able to go with her. We are always laughing and talking with each other, yes we have had days where we don't talk to each other but we end up making up at the end of the night or during out next shift together.

Working at Subway has helped me in ways I didn't know I needed help with. I've grown as a person since I started and I've made friends with my co-workers who also have helped me change.

It has allowed me to get the courage I needed to get my license and ask out the guy I like. My co-workers have become my friends that I talk to about everything and anything. If I'm frustrated an ok it something I vent to them. Being able to vent to my coworkers or just talk about something to either ask for advice or just to get it out is always helpful.

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