My First Semester Of College Is Over

My First Semester Of College Is Over

After many hard-working months, I finally finished my first semester.
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As final exams approach and I have only a few days until the last of my classes, I am coming to the realization that I completed my very first semester.

The stressful nights of endless homework and studying to the early morning coffee stops have finally paid off. Since the beginning of semester I have looked forward to this day, and now it's finally here. I look back at all the education I obtained and some of the education that I failed to retain. My first semester in college was one of the hardest obstacles that I've had to complete, but I did it.

Many people don't understand this accomplishment because they have no clue how time-intensive college really is, especially as a biochemistry major. My course load this semester consisted of biology, chemistry, biology lab, chemistry lab, pre-modern history and Spanish.

Although some of my classes were easy, most of the time anyway, there is still parts of the curriculum that are more difficult than others. For example, history is usually just note-taking but one difficult part of the course was when we had to read a 200-page book in a week. In my science classes, the workload never subsides. So when my humanity classes add to the workload from those two classes, it can get quite stressful.

Since it was my first semester in college, I had to adjust my learning habits that I had become accustomed to. For example, I couldn't wait until the night before the assignment was due to start it. I also had to learn how to manage my time and figure out how much time I needed to spend doing each subject. I learned that time management was a key factor for success in college.

I plan on using the skills that I have adapted to pass all of my finals. Although many of them are back-to-back, I just have to use my time efficiently. Passing finals shows what I have learned in a cumulative process since the beginning of the semester.

In completion to my first semester of college, I have time to relax before I start the next level of courses. I plan on relaxing by taking a vacation to the Caribbean with my family. Hopefully, time away from school will prepare me to do better next semester.

Overall, I have enjoyed my first semester of college, and not only furthered my education but I have learned things about myself that I didn't know before I started school.

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Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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What's your major? Oh…that's…interesting *awkward silence.*

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Society today (and forever) questions the validity of majors that don't produce definite, solid, and reliable careers. The kind of careers that you're practically guaranteed to get as long as you have the proper degree and pass the right tests. Yet, a lot of majors are not like that. Communication, journalism, film, the arts—none of these are guaranteed to bring you success because they have a secret ingredient: talent. Skills can be taught and we can improve on things we are talented in, however, we cannot force talent where talent doesn't exist.

People love to tear you down if you're in one of these "risky" majors. Every career is important in a different way, but it takes a lot of courage to believe you're talented enough to make it in a career where everything is so uncertain. I believe it is your job to decide if the talent is there or not and to make your own decision about your life based on that. If at some point you realize maybe you don't have that talent, I think it's important to accept this about yourself, in the same way, you can accept that a STEM major isn't for you. Just because you want to be a singer, doesn't mean you're good at it—and the same goes for writers, actors, artists, dancers etc. In a talent based career, you don't find it, but rather it finds you. This is not to say that you should give up on your dreams; but when it comes to your career, remember to keep a least a dash of reality in play to keep you grounded.

It is so incredibly gut-wrenching to think that you are not good enough (for anything in life). Which is why it can be so frustrating how cruel people are to those exploring more risky majors. We all want to be good enough, and you know what? We can figure out if we are or are not on our own (and with the help of respected members of that career field). Even if you do have enough talent someone will STILL criticize your choices.

My best advice to my fellow risk takers is to follow what you think will bring you the most happiness in a career. Even if you don't end up to be a famous filmmaker or a world-renowned artist—you will find what works for you. People on the outside who criticize do so only to intimidate you for doing something they were too scared to try. But it's okay to try, and it's okay to be wrong. Most importantly? It's okay to prove all those people wrong.

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