To Those Of You Who Haven't Changed Majors... Yet

To Those Of You Who Haven't Changed Majors... Yet

Keep the faith, no matter what life throws your way. Find where you were meant to be and get there!
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Fellow Students,

This is for all of you who started your college experience with an idea in mind of your "dream job." You know, veterinarian, lawyer, doctor, nurse, professor, or really anything. You started with that dream — but you experienced a great deal of negativity that was new to you. You no longer had your parents and their friends, your high school teacher, your Sunday school teacher or your soccer coach telling you "you can do it!" or "you'll be a great (insert dream job here)." It became real. You had really hard classes while your roommate was having a blast in her fashion class (not suggesting fashion is easy because it definitely is not everyone's forte). You realized how much this degree would cost versus how much this job is paying nowadays. (Loans are terrifying). Maybe you just had those creeping feelings of "I just can't do this."

Most everyone will experience some form of this — this being that little voice in your head that tells you all the negatives and, most importantly, tells you that you can't do it.

Well, this letter is to all those who didn't listen.

Those of you who are still pushing through those long study hours, working 3 jobs to pay for school, getting tutored for those ridiculously hard classes, and not listening to anyone or anything that tells you that you can't do it. Because you can. If everyone gave up when it got tough, we wouldn't have Einstein, Franklin, MLK Jr., etc. These people and many others pushed through no matter what. If you believe you're meant to be a doctor that is all that matters. GO DO IT. Prove them wrong. If I listened every time someone threw something negative my way about wanting to be a veterinarian, I'd have changed my major a long time ago.

Now to the rest of you, those that have changed your major, this is not to belittle you or make you feel bad at all. Some people have an idea of their dream job, and then they get to college and they realize it wasn't for them all along. Or sometimes life happens and you can't be in school for 10 years. That is OK!!! However, once you find what you are meant to do, DO IT. If it changes 50 times before you find it, that's great, but stick with it. Don't let it go. It may take you longer than others, but it's not a race. What matters is you find where you belong and you work your butt off to get there, no matter what life throws your way.

We are all meant for great things. Now let's go achieve them and prove the world wrong.

Sincerely,

Your Fellow Struggling Student

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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4 Reasons You Should Never Trust "Rate My Professor" When you're Choosing classes

Not all ratings are made with good intentions.

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It's no secret that many college students rely on "Rate My Professor" when picking their course load for the semester. However, after doing some research on classes I've taken and professors I've had...I'm not convinced it's the best option for course consultation.

Every college student is different. Especially at such a massive and eclectic school like the University of Central Florida. Our diversity here is what sets us apart and makes us so special as a university, but it also leaves a lot of room for interpretation. After browsing a variety of comments and ratings, I think it's safe to say that the fate of a course lies in the eye of the beholder.

Here are 4 reasons I believe that "Rate My Professor" isn't worth relying on come enrollment time.

1. Getting a bad grade in a course doesn't mean the professor was terrible.

I've had my fair share of questionable final grades. However, I think it's more of my responsibility than the professor's, and I don't think it's fair to blame the curriculum or final outcome on one person. There are some courses that are improperly planned and assessed, but others are just difficult, and that doesn't mean it's a bad course. I suggest students push their limits and take the time to tackle tough classes head-on, rather than blaming the instructor.

2. Language barriers don't make a professor bad.

A common comment I see on sites like "Rate My Professor" is that the instructor had a heavy accent, therefore making the course impossible to pass. While this may be true in some cases, I don't think this is a factor that should completely dismiss a highly qualified professor. There are many foreign professors at UCF that have a lot to offer students, it may just take a little more effort and patience to pass the class.

3. All college courses involve a heavy time commitment.

Another common complaint I read online is that some courses are too time-consuming. However, college isn't designed to be easy. College is what distinguishes good, hardworking students from the rest of the bunch, and students should expect to allow a decent amount of time for each course in order to be successful. Working hard and prioritizing is the key to success in higher education.

4. Hard exams are standard in college and can't be avoided.

Yes, we all hate extremely difficult exams. But, when a professor structures an exam in a particularly difficult way, it's most likely because he or she expects more out of his or her students. When taking a higher level course, students should be prepared for tedious and challenging exams. Although it's rough, it's unavoidable and teaches us all to be better students in the long run.


I am not dogging on "Rate My Professor." In fact, many comments are true. However, you must take everything with a grain of salt when reading reviews. Don't write off a class because of others' experiences.

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