I Have a College Job, But Please Stop Looking Down on Those Without One

I Have a College Job, But Please Stop Looking Down on Those Without One

It's not fair to compare majors and stress levels.

To the author of the article, "If You Don't Have a College Job, You Can't Complain About Stress",

First off, I would just like to say that you are 100 percent entitled to your own opinion. But just as you are, I am entitled to my own as well. I would like to start off by saying that I respectfully disagree with you, and I will list my reasons why.

My first point is that just because some people don't have jobs, that does not mean it is their fault in any way, shape, or form. Some people simply struggle in searching for jobs because they may be unqualified. They may even be handicapped. In this case, students aren't able to work regular jobs because many require the employee to lift certain objects or walk around a significant amount. Many students don't have jobs freshman year of college because it may be easier to adapt to a new lifestyle without the stress of a job at first.

My second point is that just because someone doesn't have a job, does NOT mean they have a stress-free school year. You didn't seem to take into the fact that many students are involved in Greek Life, extracurriculars, sports teams, etc. in addition to classes and coursework. These activities can take up a large amount of your schedule. Even though I do have a job myself, I am also involved in Greek Life (even holding a small position in my chapter), and dance as an extracurricular, along with my classes.

If I was not offered this job, I know for a fact that I would still be stressed as much as someone with a job. Sororities can take up large amounts of time, with weekly chapters, mandatory events, and requirements such as putting in service hours. Dance takes up a large chunk of time as well, with having to practice. And there is the fact that I still have to carve out time to devote to my studies. And if they're not as busy? So what? Coursework can still be hard. So, to conclude this reasoning, students are stressed no matter how big or small their load is.

Third point: ALL MAJORS ARE DIFFICULT. No single major wins the prize as being more tedious than another. It is extremely unfair to compare majors. Each one is unique, and that means they all have their difficulties. Each one has difficult coursework. Being an elementary education major, you are required to take a test called the Praxis, that tests your core academic skills. It is required to pass it in order to be admitted into the School of Education. That alone can be very stressful, as it is possible you can fail; it is a major stress for me right now. From then on, there are class observations, student teaching, and more tests, along with applying for a teaching license. Sounds like a breeze, right?

My last and final point is that although many of us have jobs, we have not yet reached that age to have "real world" jobs. We simply don't get paid enough yet. We are 18-22 years old. If my parents would like to help pay for my needs, like groceries, so be it. I don't earn the salary of a business woman. However, if there is something I just have to have in the palm of my hand, like a new dress or more makeup, it will come out of my own checking account. Just because my parents pay for my needs, does not mean I'm spoiled. I know the difference between being spoiled and knowing that I am an adult that needs to pay for what she desires.

I hope you took time to consider my points. I took time to consider yours, but I still have to disagree. Just remember, everyone is stressed, no matter the load. College is difficult in general. I believe that we should all be treated equally when it comes to our stress.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

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.


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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