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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How Speed Dating Helped Me In A Class Where I Knew No One

In most classes, the first day (or few days) is mainly for reviewing and studying the syllabus, but clearly my professor had something a little bit more untraditional in mind.

Upon the beginning of a new semester, the start of new classes means there are a lot of new people to meet.

At my university in particular, our community is huge (40,000 undergrad), and we all have had many enormous lecture halls where it is basically impossible to get to know every single person in the room. However, there are certain classes where the amount of students is significantly downsized, and different types of students will have different reactions to this.

When I arrived on my first day of English-15 class (the required English class for every student in attendance at the university), the initial moments were awkward and somewhat nerve-racking. As I sat in my seat surrounded by 22 unknown faces, my professor instructed that we were going to play a game. In most classes, the first day (or few days) is mainly for reviewing and studying the syllabus, but clearly my professor had something a little bit more untraditional in mind.

My professor then said that we were going to be “speed-dating” with others in our class. I had always thought that the term “speed-dating” was to be used in a romantic sense only, and in my eyes, the classroom was not the appropriate place for this. As we were quickly organized to sit face-to-face with complete strangers, I was all of a sudden intrigued.

For twelve rounds, we were given about three minutes to talk to each of our classmates. While about half of the time allotted was filled by obligatory small-talk (i.e. where the other person is from, what they plan to study, how old they are), the other half of each conversation continually turned into something different each time I spoke with someone new.

I talked about many different topics of varying importance and seriousness, but the interesting part was that I created these conversations with people I had never even seen prior to the start of class that day.

Although it was nine o’clock in the morning and I would have usually left class feeling sleepier than when I arrived, this first day of class was far from what I expected and I felt energized by the end of it. Although it was difficult to keep track of what I talked about and with whom I talked about it, speed dating largely improved the dynamic of the classroom and made the situation a lot less awkward than most first-day-experiences I had previously been a part of.

Although talking to strangers has its way of making some people feel initially uncomfortable, it really is the most efficient way to break the ice among students.

As educators of all different levels are actively creating new teaching methods for this generation of students, being a student myself, I feel as though the beginning of academic success begins with comfort inside of the classroom. Although the terms “speed-dating” and “learning” don’t traditionally go together in an academic sense, they helped create a pleasant environment in our classroom that will ultimately motivate me to feel comfortable around my peers and my professor alike.

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I Rented My Textbooks From Chegg And I Saved Hundreds

Say Goodbye to overpriced books, and say hello to cheap ones!

Textbooks have to be one of the worst parts of college. I love to learn, I love my classes, but I hate the textbooks that come with them. It has nothing to do with the content, but the price tag.

In college, you pay a ridiculous amount of money for textbooks because professors either have you buy the newest edition where there isn't a rental or used book to purchase, they make it available only in an E-book format, or they have you buy the textbook that comes with an additional $100 access code just so you can do your homework. It's stressful and ridiculous and I always find myself spending over $200 for textbooks each semester. Yeah, not per year, per SEMESTER.

This semester, I decided to take a little more action when it came to my books. Instead of ordering my books through the school bookstore, I did some research. I tried Amazon, but they were about the same price as the bookstore if not more at times.

So, I scratched that off my list. Then, I turned to buying used books from other students. It worked with a couple books, but a lot of people didn't have the version of the book I was looking for or were also selling it for a ridiculous price. With only two of the six textbooks I needed in hand, I was at a loss for what to do next. Then, I heard about this website called Chegg. I actually stumbled upon it while looking on Pinterest for "Cheap College Textbooks." I had always heard of Chegg, but I always figured it was too complicated and chose to never use it.

Let me tell you, that was stupid. I looked up the three books I needed and the total price for the three of them had my jaw dropping. My total came out to $85, which was the price of just one of my books at the bookstore.

Below my total, Chegg told me I was saving over $200. Can you believe that?! On top of that? They also offered me free shipping and it would be in my hands in 2-3 days. Also, instead of having to return my books the last week of school, I had a whole extra month to do it. I mean, I probably won't need that long, but hey, life happens sometimes and you forget!

They also send you a label to print off and you just have to pack the books up and ship them off! No return lines, no waiting, just returning your books on your own time.

There are also many other features to Chegg that include free E-books of the textbook you just rented, study tips, and lessons that go along with the books you rented. It really helps when it comes time for homework and tests!

There is a Chegg App that you can download to keep track of your orders and you can also use it for some of these features and to sell some of your own books that you might have!

One last thing that made me just fall in love with Chegg is that when I opened my box, it had a bunch of free goodies inside! There was a sample bag of tide pods, a coupon for MORE tide pods (I can never get enough of those honestly), gum, some coupons and even some gift cards that could be used for cute things for my room and also for some meals! It was just a really nice thing to find because it made me feel like more than just a college student trying to get cheap books.

It actually made me feel like a real person. That may sound odd, but it's true! By them just putting in something extra in my box, it helped eased my stress and mind about all the book troubles I had and it showed me that the people who work at Chegg actually care. They could have just sent my rental books, but they took the extra mile, and I think that's what every textbook rental place should be doing. I ordered my textbooks from Chegg and I'm telling you, I'm never using any other rental place.

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