Grade Your Teachers When You Can

Grade Your Teachers When You Can

You are now grading the ones who grade you

As the semester winds down, we are constantly reminded to fill out the surveys for each professor we have taken this semester. Like many of my peers I was hesitant to do it. I thought to myself two very different reasons why I shouldn’t do it. One, what if no one ever reads this and I wasted my time? Two, what if I write something anonymously but it is so specific to me, and the teacher notices (especially if it is a bad review)? These thoughts are hard to get past, however when my teachers start to ask during every lecture to complete the surveys, you begin to feel like you should.

With my teachers beginning to ask us everyday to do the surveys, I figured it was about time to do it. It’s only going to take five minutes. While answering these questions you realize that you are now grading your teachers; the ones who are responsible for whether or not you pass a class are now the ones being graded. Instead of a grade being on the line, it is their career. You are determining how well they are doing, and whether they should be advanced or paid more or even if they will be teaching next semester. Keep in mind when you see a teacher survey it is important, it is your time to voice your opinion and tell them how you feel. With the anonymous feature, you are held to not restrictions to what you say; so if you are uncomfortable to explain how you feel and sing your name, that’s no problem because you can say whatever you wish with no repercussions.

Personally, the surveys need to be taken into account with administration at Rutgers University-Newark they are important. If you answer the surveys honestly, it will better the college. Like high school when a teacher has their principal sit in on a class to take notes, it will be aided by the thoughts of students. They see the professor on a class-to-class basis and see them naturally with no one sitting in. These surveys should be answered and viewed honestly; if several students are complaining about one professor and how they grade or if they are mean to students, should they continue to teach here? Probably not, but if the administration never hears the in-class issues, they’ll never know there is an issue.

Rutgers can only help if they know there is a problem in the classroom. So now it is up to you, to sit down and start doing what your professor and administrators ask and voice your opinions on who educates you here. If you want to make a difference here and have a voice on who teaches and who doesn’t, it starts with answering these small surveys. I’m going to leave it up to you now; take it into your hands to decide how you feel about your professors and remember it's anonymous, no one will ever know that it was you so make sure to be honest and just fill out the survey.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...


I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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