If College Majors Were Classic Halloween Candies

If College Majors Were Classic Halloween Candies

If you've ever wondered which candy you're most like, you might find the answer here.

Which classic Halloween candy are you, really?

1. Licorice: History

I'm talking straight up black licorice here. Some people love licorice but no one really understands why because it's kind of gross and boring. Why would anyone eat licorice by choice? It takes a special kind of person to be a history major as well as one who genuinely enjoys eating sticky black tar.

2. Skittles: Theater

"Taste the Rainbow" is the perfect slogan to describe both Skittles and theater majors. Like each Skittle, theater majors have their own bold flavor and color, making every one unique and individual, but as a whole, they are an eye-catching, fruit flavored rainbow.

3. Smarties: Math

Do I really have to explain this one?

4. York Peppermint Patty: Fashion

Often misunderstood, the York Peppermint Patty gets a mediocre rep because it seems like this candy wouldn't be successful...Or something like that. But if you really look at this combo of dark chocolate and mint, it has a lot to offer. Much like fashion majors, York Peppermint Patties are often underestimated. You might see one on the cover of Vogue one day though, so don't discount these cool treats.

5. M&M's: Public Relations

Colorful and loved by everyone, M&M's are a classic. You also see them everywhere, they have funny television commercials, and you just can't help but buy them to go along with popcorn because you can't have popcorn without M&M's. They have a way of working themselves into your life without you even noticing! When you think about it, PR majors are definitely singlehandedly responsible for the world's love of this candy due to their knack for advertising and charismatic attitudes.

6. Caramel Apple Pops: Childhood Education

These pops are the most fun and festive Halloween candy there is, hands down. This candy is also really extra. Whoever invented Caramel Apple Pops was probably an elementary school teacher because they are always coming up with creative sh*t that kids love.

7. Popcorn Ball: Architecture

First of all, how the heck does one attempt to eat this thing? The popcorn ball is mysterious yet aesthetically pleasing, much like the creations of architects. Mind-blowing and appreciable, this Halloween treat is truly a work of art.

8. Nerds: Engineering

Remember when your mom said, "Be nice to nerds because they'll be your boss one day" - this is still true. You might actually want to consider dating one because they're really smart and will probably make a lot of money one day.

10. Reese's: Computer Science

Looks normal on the outside, but the inside makes them so much better than just some plain old chocolate. You'll never think someone is a computer science major upon meeting them, but when they help you figure out how to use Microsoft Excel, you'll love them forever.

11. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar: Business

An idea as simple as a bar of chocolate might be single-handedly responsible for the 6 billion dollar industry that candy is today. This is the OG Halloween candy, the Godfather of all chocolate bars if you will. Like this candy, business majors are innovative, with the simple goal of making lots of money.

12. Baby Ruth: Athletic Training

Named after the late and great Babe Ruth, how could an athletic training major be similar to any other candy? A protégé of great sportsmanship, these people are dedicated to doing the best they can to make sure athletes perform at the top of their game. I can't say that eating this candy will make you perform any athletic task better than before you ate it, but a kid can dream.

13. Tootsie Roll: English

No one really cares about Tootsie Rolls, they're just kind of there. No one knows where they come from or what they're all about. Are they chocolate? Are they taffy? Do we care? Nah. Yeah, English majors are cool but what job do they want after college? How can one person possibly like to read so much? There are just so many questions here.

14. Candy Corn: Undecided

There are so many mixed feelings about candy corn that it's literally impossible to decide if it is the most fantastic thing you've ever eaten or complete trash made to look like a vegetable. Nobody knows what the heck is up with candy corn and undecided majors obviously don't know what the heck they want to do, but they're probably thinking, "hey, I might as well go to school so I can make something of myself one day".

15. Milky Way: Astronomy

When you think of a Milky Way bar, don't you think of how when you bite into it, the caramel stretches out and you're like wow this is smooth and dreamy? Same for astronomy majors. They know a lot about stars, planets, and the night sky, all of which seem magical AF and pretty intriguing. Smooth and dreamy, my friends.

16. 100 Grand: Pre-Med

Pre-Med majors will most likely become doctors or surgeons or some sort of medical professional one day. Their starting paychecks will probably be about 100 grand. Who even knows what this candy is? Who cares, it sounds expensive.

17. Raisins: Nutrition

Raisins are not candy. Nutrition majors are probably all about raisins.

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How Speed Dating Helped Me In A Class Where I Knew No One

In most classes, the first day (or few days) is mainly for reviewing and studying the syllabus, but clearly my professor had something a little bit more untraditional in mind.

Upon the beginning of a new semester, the start of new classes means there are a lot of new people to meet.

At my university in particular, our community is huge (40,000 undergrad), and we all have had many enormous lecture halls where it is basically impossible to get to know every single person in the room. However, there are certain classes where the amount of students is significantly downsized, and different types of students will have different reactions to this.

When I arrived on my first day of English-15 class (the required English class for every student in attendance at the university), the initial moments were awkward and somewhat nerve-racking. As I sat in my seat surrounded by 22 unknown faces, my professor instructed that we were going to play a game. In most classes, the first day (or few days) is mainly for reviewing and studying the syllabus, but clearly my professor had something a little bit more untraditional in mind.

My professor then said that we were going to be “speed-dating” with others in our class. I had always thought that the term “speed-dating” was to be used in a romantic sense only, and in my eyes, the classroom was not the appropriate place for this. As we were quickly organized to sit face-to-face with complete strangers, I was all of a sudden intrigued.

For twelve rounds, we were given about three minutes to talk to each of our classmates. While about half of the time allotted was filled by obligatory small-talk (i.e. where the other person is from, what they plan to study, how old they are), the other half of each conversation continually turned into something different each time I spoke with someone new.

I talked about many different topics of varying importance and seriousness, but the interesting part was that I created these conversations with people I had never even seen prior to the start of class that day.

Although it was nine o’clock in the morning and I would have usually left class feeling sleepier than when I arrived, this first day of class was far from what I expected and I felt energized by the end of it. Although it was difficult to keep track of what I talked about and with whom I talked about it, speed dating largely improved the dynamic of the classroom and made the situation a lot less awkward than most first-day-experiences I had previously been a part of.

Although talking to strangers has its way of making some people feel initially uncomfortable, it really is the most efficient way to break the ice among students.

As educators of all different levels are actively creating new teaching methods for this generation of students, being a student myself, I feel as though the beginning of academic success begins with comfort inside of the classroom. Although the terms “speed-dating” and “learning” don’t traditionally go together in an academic sense, they helped create a pleasant environment in our classroom that will ultimately motivate me to feel comfortable around my peers and my professor alike.

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I Rented My Textbooks From Chegg And I Saved Hundreds

Say Goodbye to overpriced books, and say hello to cheap ones!

Textbooks have to be one of the worst parts of college. I love to learn, I love my classes, but I hate the textbooks that come with them. It has nothing to do with the content, but the price tag.

In college, you pay a ridiculous amount of money for textbooks because professors either have you buy the newest edition where there isn't a rental or used book to purchase, they make it available only in an E-book format, or they have you buy the textbook that comes with an additional $100 access code just so you can do your homework. It's stressful and ridiculous and I always find myself spending over $200 for textbooks each semester. Yeah, not per year, per SEMESTER.

This semester, I decided to take a little more action when it came to my books. Instead of ordering my books through the school bookstore, I did some research. I tried Amazon, but they were about the same price as the bookstore if not more at times.

So, I scratched that off my list. Then, I turned to buying used books from other students. It worked with a couple books, but a lot of people didn't have the version of the book I was looking for or were also selling it for a ridiculous price. With only two of the six textbooks I needed in hand, I was at a loss for what to do next. Then, I heard about this website called Chegg. I actually stumbled upon it while looking on Pinterest for "Cheap College Textbooks." I had always heard of Chegg, but I always figured it was too complicated and chose to never use it.

Let me tell you, that was stupid. I looked up the three books I needed and the total price for the three of them had my jaw dropping. My total came out to $85, which was the price of just one of my books at the bookstore.

Below my total, Chegg told me I was saving over $200. Can you believe that?! On top of that? They also offered me free shipping and it would be in my hands in 2-3 days. Also, instead of having to return my books the last week of school, I had a whole extra month to do it. I mean, I probably won't need that long, but hey, life happens sometimes and you forget!

They also send you a label to print off and you just have to pack the books up and ship them off! No return lines, no waiting, just returning your books on your own time.

There are also many other features to Chegg that include free E-books of the textbook you just rented, study tips, and lessons that go along with the books you rented. It really helps when it comes time for homework and tests!

There is a Chegg App that you can download to keep track of your orders and you can also use it for some of these features and to sell some of your own books that you might have!

One last thing that made me just fall in love with Chegg is that when I opened my box, it had a bunch of free goodies inside! There was a sample bag of tide pods, a coupon for MORE tide pods (I can never get enough of those honestly), gum, some coupons and even some gift cards that could be used for cute things for my room and also for some meals! It was just a really nice thing to find because it made me feel like more than just a college student trying to get cheap books.

It actually made me feel like a real person. That may sound odd, but it's true! By them just putting in something extra in my box, it helped eased my stress and mind about all the book troubles I had and it showed me that the people who work at Chegg actually care. They could have just sent my rental books, but they took the extra mile, and I think that's what every textbook rental place should be doing. I ordered my textbooks from Chegg and I'm telling you, I'm never using any other rental place.

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