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Unpopular Opinion Of College Students But Taking General Classes Are Important

Most college students complain about wasting their time and money by taking so many intro and general classes, but after completing my first year I have an entirely new perspective.

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Don't get me wrong, I began my freshmen year bummed that I was enrolled in all these classes I held no interest in and I felt like it was all so pointless. I finished my first semester and I ended up really enjoying the classes I thought I was going to hate and found myself struggling in the one class I chose for myself. I came into college thinking I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my academic and professional career, but after completing my first few months, I was left undecided.

The uncertainty scared me and made going back to school after my long winter break even more intimating. Thankfully, I had very supportive friends and family who gave me the motivation to return to school for second semester with an open mind. Again, I was enrolled in a list of classes I was unfamiliar and uninterested in. As I got settled into my second semester and new schedule of classes, it suddenly hit me that the classes I was taking were vital to my future.

I may not have been interested in Asian History or Astronomy, but at least now I can rule those possibilities out of my future. By being exposed and at least touching on the general side of all these different subjects, I was able to find out what I do and don't like. By attending a four year university and having general education requirements, I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and explore subjects I never would have taken on my own.

I consider myself fortunate that I was able to find my passion in one of the random classes that my adviser recommended I take to fulfill some of my requirements. I had never even heard of the course before, let alone what it was about and what I was going to be doing in class, but I gave it a chance and it's now my major. Without the general education requirements my university has, I may have never found my major and where I belong in the real world.

I am already looking forward to returning to school to continue my studies in my newfound academic love and I have all the thanks to give to those pointless, waste of time and money general classes. Even though they don't seem all that important to your future, they just might determine it. As you take your general courses, keep an open mind and pay attention or you might miss your perfect fit.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

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Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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