Hardships Some Business Majors Face As Freshmen

Hardships Some Business Majors Face As Freshmen

All freshman have to take these core classes but business majors have different struggles that are not what we expected at all.


I am a second-semester freshman, and I am a Marketing Business major. My desire path is the analytical side of marketing that does most of the surveys and data collection and conversions for advertisers and major companies. By no standards was I expecting this path to be easy or lacking in math; however several challenges I have faced in my freshman year so far are strange to me.

For starters, I am two months into the second semester of my college freshman year, and I am severely struggling in my 1413 survey of calculus class, which is an intro to calculus class tailored for business majors. Our most recent test felt like a slap in the face to me because I went from making a B on the first test to making an F on the second (recent) test even though I did the same amount of studying and changed nothing on my end.

I am left thinking that it was something wrong with the test and my understanding however upon greater reflection it could have been something else entirely because the overall test grades in my class 12 out of 22 students got F's leaving the current grades of the class extremely skewed right with most of the class in D range or below. Given that this is a core class required for business majors, I'm sure most people are feeling the same stress and pressures that I am right now. Luckily, I have three more tests to pull up my grade and hope for the best!

However, that is not the only class that can be a struggle. Each student has to take Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, which in theory go hand and hand with each other but that is not correct. Microeconomics looks at individual products and how they interact with the markets they reside in, meaning you are still dealing with supply and demand, but the equations and key factors you are looking for differ greatly from the ones you use in Macroeconomics.

In Macroeconomics you look at the overall market of a place or product, taking a bigger picture of how different economies interact. Suffice to say; the difference is a big change from what I was thinking, especially since in high school they only touch on microeconomics topics while truly discussing macroeconomic theories. Be warned that if you go into these classes with the idea that you know the majority of it already you might struggle and get behind.

Another struggle I have found in my time at college so far is that online classes can be easy to overlook and altogether forget. Everyone that is a marketing major and a few other business majors have to take a class that is purely online called Computer Information Systems Management or CISM which is a class that helps students learn how to use programs like excel, power point, and word in the most efficient manner with all the neat tricks it offers.

It is an extremely useful class; however, there is little to no direction or instructions as far as what to do or how to work the programs before the exercises assigned for grades. The instructions can also be unclear because the way they are written is the exact terms; however, we have no prior instructions for what those terms mean.

Not having a teacher can be very difficult for some, and not have any kind of instructional videos or power points available makes learning the material even more difficult. On top of that, it is an online course meaning there is no in-class instruction or schedule for class times; you are completely in control of when you do the assignments if you remember to check the class at all.

None of this is meant to discourage those who wish to study business, just serve as a fair warning for those going into this path without much knowledge of what to expect. No major is easier than another so be prepared to work, no matter what if you don't know what specific things to expect in a college education this can be a step in the right direction. Gathering as much information as you can about your intended major is very important to be successful at college. Best of luck to future freshman!

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.


To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.


The nursing student with just one year left.

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4 Of The Best Ways For You To Practice Self-Care When Finals Seasons Comes Around At UNC



When you have three grade-determining finals in a two day period, but not within 24 hours so you can't move any of them, it seems like the only thing you can do is grab a few strong coffees from PCJ and live in the UL for the next 3 weeks. Of course, you have to study and that's important, but you should remember to take a step back and practice some self-care because finals szn can get painfully overwhelming. As the self-proclaimed queen of self-care, here are some great tips to get you started:

1. Naps


Naps have been scientifically proven to improve performance by giving a boost of energy to help you stay alert for the rest of the day. Most sleep scientists recommend 30-minute naps; however, I say why stop there? Go for 2 hours, 3 hours, or however long it truly takes to avoid committing to every responsibility you have. It's all in the name of self-care.

2. Treat Yo' Self


Tom and Donna were really onto something here. Finals are HARD and there are SO many of them in such a short period of time. Taking breaks between studying has also been proven to improve academic/work performance because it allows you to take some time away from what you're doing and come back to it with a fresh mind.

I recommend using these breaks very productively, such as taking a quick ice cream or coffee break on Franklin St. or using this time to extensively plan out every tiny detail of that vacation to Europe that you're going on this summer. Maybe if you spend enough time thinking about the Eiffel Tower, you can avoid taking your finals. Wishful thinking.

3. Face Masks


I can't quite pinpoint when face masks became so trendy, but there are hundreds of them out there in every type. You have peel off, sheet masks, and even overnight face masks now (not exactly sure how they work, but does that mean you have to sleep on your back the whole night?) in every "flavor" you can imagine. All the ads promise clear skin or reduced stress, but the effectiveness of face masks is actually quite questionable.

However, you can't deny how fun (and time-consuming) peeling off the masks are, and when all you really want to do is pretend that you're not failing 6/4 classes this semester, time-consuming is what you want.

4. Drop Out


This sounds extreme but hear me out: if you're not actually enrolled in a college, you don't have to take finals for the classes in that college. Self-care.

This is not in any way or form a definitive list of ways that you can take care of yourself this final seasons, but it's a beginning. Feel free to add your own forms of self-care. And if anyone can tell me how to pass Econ 101 or discrete math in the next three weeks, those tips are also much appreciated (this IS a cry for help, if that wasn't already clear).

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