Must-Read Books To Read On Your Spare Time

Must-Read Books To Read On Your Spare Time

A short list of some recent books I have enjoyed.

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Being a college student you don't always have the time to get that fun reading in that you might want. When you actually have the down time to read something, you find yourself asking what book should you even pick up and try? Hopefully this list will help with choosing one:

Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Harper Collins

I read this book in about three days during the summer, and I have made others read this and they have also finished it fairly quickly. The story keeps you wanting to know more and more, it is hard to put it down to even eat. I am patiently waiting for this author to release his next book.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Amazon

Another book I read very quickly. The author of this book also wrote Gone Girl. This book has a lot of twist and turns making you stop and think. You never know who is the "good guy" of the "bad guy".

The Handmaid's Tale by Margret Atwood

Amazon

I read this book my senior year of high school and it was one of the best books I was forced to read in school — and this was before it was a series on Hulu. It's a utopian type book which isn't one my favorite type of books, but I think it was the story line more than anything that kept me reading and enjoying this book.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendrix and Sarah Pekkanen

Amazon

This book I had a love-hate relationship with, which in my opinion makes the book very good. A big plot twist happened and I had to out the book down and go for a walk because I was so surprised. However, I did come back and finished it and realized it really was a good book. I just saw that this author has even more books so now I have to add those to my reading list.

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Yes, it's a Nicholas Sparks book, so most would think its a crazy romance book, which it has — but it is so much more than just a romance. Bad things start to happen and you don't know what is going to happen next. This is one of my favorite Sparks books I have read.

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

This book is a young adult book but it had me hooked from the beginning. It talks about the mental illness in an easy and understandable way.

Most of these books are a phycological thriller/ mystery but all of them have great characters and the connections that the reader builds with them seems like they are a real person.

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

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Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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