I Have Never Been a 'Math Person' And That's OK

I Have Never Been a 'Math Person' And That's OK

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I'd like to think that I have always been a pretty good student. I love writing, I annotate texts and passages until the page is full of pen marks and highlight strokes. I looked forward to in-class essays in high school because to me, writing under pressure was the only way I could get all of my ideas out (as well as earn a solid grade on an assignment for a difficult class). No matter how hard I tried in high school, I never fully understood how mathematics worked past an eighth grade level. If we are being real, I write, read, and speak Spanish better than I do long division.

When I was in the third grade, I could not do multiplication problems without a times table for the life of me. I have vivid memories of spending recess with my teacher, who would guide me through a worksheet with a dozen problems or so. I would eventually have a completed assignment in front of me, but it took a lot out of me to complete. Well, as much frustration as a nine-year-old could possibly feel in one situation.

Fast forward to sophomore year of high school. I miraculously placed into Honors Geometry, which was quite possibly the hardest math class I have ever taken. I spent seemingly endless hours we spent in after-school tutoring practicing my protractor skills. Yes, I was probably the only student in that class who had legitimate issues measuring angles with a tool that is made for exactly that. Do not even get me started on two-column proofs. I much rather would have written out an extended paragraph to explain why line A is parallel to line B. I couldn't tell you how to do that now, but I do remember how 'not fun' it was. All I can say is that I worked very, very hard for the not-so-great grade that I earned. In the moment, I feared that one sub-par grade would impact my college admissions process. I worried that colleges would look down upon the fact that I did fairly well in all of my classes but math; after all, I knew that it would only get harder after high school. For the most part, it did not do that, but to this day I dread doing any sort of math that has lots of catches and long processes that are hard to remember.

I am a Psychology major with a concentration in neuroscience, which means that I will be taking a lot of math and science courses for the next four years or so. Sure, that can be daunting to think about, but the only thing I can do from here on out is work toward improvement. Just because the subjects I am passionate about requires courses that I would never choose to take does not mean that I should settle to study something else. It is not going to be easy, but it will definitely be worth it.

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The Struggles Of Being Sick In College, Away From Home, Without Mom

What it's really like to be sick in college.
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It’s that time of the year. People are sneezing and coughing, whether it’s during class, while walking past each other, or in your residence hall. The one thing you’re trying not to do is get sick. And of all things that could happen, you get sick.

I got sick for the first time away from home and it absolutely sucks. Your mom isn’t there to take care of you. She would give you the right medication, make sure you’re well rested, and call you out of school. You didn’t have to worry about what medicine you were supposed to take and which ones at what time.

You also have to go to class no matter how sick you are. Some teachers understand that students get sick, but unfortunately, a lot do not. And honestly, why would you want to miss class? This means missing a lecture, a quiz, or a test, and there is no chance to make up any of those.

On top of that, since everyone goes to class when they’re sick, they get everyone around them sick as well. It’s inevitable. Sickness spreads like a wildfire in college and the cycle is never going to end. The only way to avoid this is to keep washing your hands and hope for the best.

No matter how sick you are though, life just keeps going. You still are going to go out with your friends, go to meetings, and go to events. There really is no time to recover because of everything going on all the time. Being sick is annoying but it’s not a college experience without getting sick at least once. Just remember to keep using hand sanitizer, washing your hands and being healthy in general. If you keep up healthy habits, you won’t have to worry about being stressed while being sick.

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Freshman Year As Told By "FR.I.E.N.D.S."

The cruel realities of the best experiences.
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Apart from being your first year in college, freshman year is the year for many other firsts, as well. For many, it is the first time living away from home, first time with a roommate, first time having this great amount of responsibility. But, to not give much away, here are the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. gifs depicting freshman year!

1. Orientation

You could be the biggest social butterfly and you would still find orientation to be one of the most awkward experiences there are. The good thing about it is everyone is on the same boat, so (hopefully) it can’t get any worse than that.

2. 8 a.m. classes

Waking up at 6:30am everyday for high school is not enough to prepare you for college. Your sleeping schedule will always be a mess, you’ll never feel well-rested and your super power will be not falling asleep during the early morning classes. Also, coffee, lots and lots of coffee.

3. Naïve teenagers

Somehow, living without adults telling us what to do becomes the synonym of adulthood. However, it doesn’t take long before you realize that isn’t true and find yourself calling your parents asking something about the laundry or if it really is necessary to go to class because it’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella.

4. Stress becomes a lifestyle

You walk around trying to hide the fact that you’ve just had your third mental breakdown in the bathroom, waving any and all concerns away with a façade of mental stability. Everything will be alright though.

5. Due to #4, parties become stress relievers

And by alcohol, I mean Capri Sun’s, of course! Yeah, I don’t think this needs any more explaining.

6. Teachers expect too much

Let’s be honest, not even in high school did we do anything during break. I feel like professors should know by now that if they get to spend time with their loved ones without any care in the world, we’ll be doing the same.

7. Freshmen 15 fears go out the window

Probably the most common fear of all students their first year, yet there is no hesitation in ordering a pizza with your friends and eating it all in one take without a care in the world. No regrets, no nothing, just a full stomach and a whole lot of happiness.

8. Friends become family

Probably the most important part of freshman year: you meet the people that will become lifelong friends.

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