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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7 Ways Work Friends Are Different From Regular Friends

Works friends are different than your other friends, don't @ me.

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Work friends are seriously a special type of friend. You hang out with them every shift and you're forced to suffer through the painful parts of your job together. No doubt, that creates a bond.

1. Your work friends know exactly what you go through with customers.

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You can attempt to explain why the curly headed blonde girl is the worst to your regular friends, but they will just never understand.

2. Your work friends give you advice on your personal life without even knowing any of the people that you're talking about.

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Half of the text messages sent from my phone are composed by my coworker and I when it's dead at work.

3. They basically can't cancel plans to hang out with you, because it's their job to come to work.

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You know you'll get to catch up on everything when you get scheduled together again.

4. They understand your work struggles.

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They 100% understand why you cried when the cash register paper messed up AGAIN.

5. They understand why you hate some of your coworkers, and more than likely, they hate them too.

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It's nice to have an ally that agrees that coworker is literally unbearable.

6. You have secrets with them that no one else would understand

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Work secrets are literally pinky promise worthy.

7. They become your friend in real life on top of being a work friend, so they know literally everything about you.

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Being able to talk to someone about work and have them understand is such a perk.

Work friends share a bond with you that no one else can. They understand your daily struggles in life, and sometimes find their way into becoming one of your best friends.

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The New Beginning I Earned, My Summer Internship

I start my new internship in a new state tomorrow and I have tons of mixed feelings about it, here's the truth.

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I start my new internship in a new state tomorrow and I have tons of mixed feelings about it. I am nervous, scared, excited, and ready for this new experience. It will be nothing that I have gone through such as being in a new place and working in big business. I am excited to see where this will take me in the future. It is exciting because I could potentially have a job similar to what I am doing in the internship and that is crazy. It is all so new and it scares me but I know this will be such a great opportunity for me. It will be a great location because it is Northern California and it is warm every day so that will make the weekends enjoyable.

As this is my last summer before I graduate. I want to learn more about the business world and see what interests me and what doesn't. It is interesting to see what I will like about big business or if I want to be at a smaller business. The number of changes that will occur in my life is going to move rapidly which is kind of nerve-racking. Yet the best feeling is the factor of shock when something great happens that I would have never expected.

It's exciting to see that my future is unfolding in front of me and all of my hard work is paying off and it feels great. It feels surreal that this all happening so fast and soon I will be having my own job after college. This is something that I couldn't have even imagined myself thinking about 3 years ago, and it's actually really exciting. There are so many things I haven't been able to do yet, and now I'm presented with so many opportunities.

I'm so thankful for those who encourage me on a daily basis and all of the support my parents have shown me. I truly couldn't have done it without them. They have been there for me through it all and I couldn't ask for anything more. They have challenged me and I am forever grateful for that. There are many new difficulties that I have yet to overcome, but I know that each of these obstacles will create new knowledge that will put me in a positive direction.

I couldn't imagine getting to where I am today without the people who love me the most. I don't think I would have gotten through it. They pushed me to get to where I am today and have always taught me to never give up. Although it's difficult right now and everything is far from perfect, I have confidence in my future due to what I've been through already. Everything that has happened in my life has led me to this point, and I'm ready for the next adventure. It can be scary but it has taught me that it will all be worth it in the end and I can't wait to look back on it and tell everyone how much of an adventure it has been.

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