High School Football Versus College Football

9 Ways Your High School Football Games Were Different Than College Football Games

Football seasons in high school and in college are two different worlds.

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School is officially in session for college and high school students.

While curriculum, location, and people may vary, one thing that my former high school and college share are the passion for the fall football games and school spirit.

However, within the past two weekends of college football games, there have been significant differences from the games I went to just one year ago in high school.

1. High School: Game Time

Rome Free Academy Homecoming Game (October 2017)

During the high school football games, every Friday we would go through an entire day of school until we were able to go to the football game. This meant not getting ready for the game until around 5:00-6:00 PM.

2. College: Game Time

Syracuse University Home Game (September 2018)

So far at Syracuse University, the games have started at 3:00 PM and just after noon. For college students, this means waking up on a Saturday morning already preparing for game day, and preparing for the festivities that seem to last an entire day.

3. High School: School Spirit

Rome Free Academy Spirit Week (October 2017)

Specifically in high school, we had an entire spirit week prior to the big homecoming football game. On other Friday's when there were home games, we had school spirit days on Friday, dressing in our school colors to show support for our team

4. College: School Spirit

Syracuse University Football Game (September 2018)

Although there isn't a school spirit week in college, there is still plenty of school spirit to go around at Syracuse University, which was ranked the number one school for school spirit for the third year in a row!

5. High School: Marching Band

Rome Free Academy High School Marching Band (2017)

Specifically in my high school, students would not be able to go to the student section until the third quarter of the game because we had to perform our marching band show.

6. College: Marching Band

At Varsity pizza after the win against FSU! (September 2018)

Now in college, my friends and I leave the game during the third quarter to support our favorite marching band player by watching him play at Varsity after a big win!

7. High School: Student Section

Rome Free Academy Homecoming Football Game (October 2017)

Because I was a part of the yearbook staff during high school, I was able to take photos and videos of out schools student section, and I would most likely be able to name every person in the first three rows of the bleachers.

8. College: Student Section

Syracuse University student section

Definitely would not be able to name each person in the first three rows.

9. College AND High School: Passion

In both of my experiences, I learned that each member of the football team, each student in the student section, and any other fan of these football teams have a dedicated sense of passion toward the game and a love of their school. In my perspective, participation in high school and college events definitely enhance your experience with the school. Good luck to all teams this season, but more importantly, GO ORANGE!

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

The nursing student with just one year left.

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Being Homesick Is Normal For College Students, Don't Feel Bad About It

I've heard enough horror stories to know that being home is honestly an escape from negative people, negative feelings, and even just being homesick.

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When you first move into the residence halls and get all settled, you will feel really excited about being in a new place. If you're anything like me though, it was a really hard adjustment. Many students enjoy the freedom they've wanted for so long, no more checking in, going out drinking, parties, etc. However, for others who are homebodies, this is a really hard change to handle.

It's also a struggle to overcome what seems the norm for a college student, which is taking advantage of your freedom from adult supervision by staying out until the early morning hours. However, I have to say that that norm isn't really the typical college life because there are a lot of different kinds of students — one of them is the homebody.

Basically, what I mean by this is someone who prefers to be home with their family and dogs; just being back in their hometown make them happy. For me, I go home every other weekend, which would be more frequent if it wasn't because of my work schedule. I don't really want to party. To be honest, I have never felt like I'm missing out on anything by being this way.

Sure, I still like spending time with friends and even drinking occasionally, but nothing beats being at home. To me, being home is the best — watching tv in my own room, sleeping in my own bed and eating homemade meals cooked by my mom have no equal. I look forward to my mom making my favorite meal when I am home. Also, I get to watch the Chicago Blackhawks with my entire family as my mom gets frustrated and yells at the TV as if the players can hear her tell them what exactly they need to do.

Being home shouldn't be something to shame college students for. People need to understand that this is where they escape to and relax. College is extremely stressful, considering you're pretty much thrown into adulthood — we're all being repeatedly punched with new responsibilities throughout the four years. Home is a safe place for so many students because this is where they can go for love and support when life gets them down.

Leaving behind your own space to share a small space with someone you've most likely never met can be really stressful. I've heard enough horror stories to know that being home is an escape from negative people, negative feelings, and even just being homesick. So, stop judging someone who foregoes parties and opts out to heading home instead.

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