To The People Who Say My Major Is Easy, Here Are 8 Reasons That You're Wrong

To The People Who Say My Major Is Easy, Here Are 8 Reasons That You're Wrong

There are more challenges than you think.

It is probably the most frustrating and insulting thing in the world when I hear people say that my Liberal Studies major is "easy."

After all of the passion and hard work I have put into this major of mine, let me tell you right now my friend: There is nothing about my major that is easy. Here are a few reasons why.

1. C's DON'T get degrees.

In our college program courses, the lowest passing grade is a B-. If we earn a grade any lower than that, we are forced to drop from the program. If we drop the education program, we are not able to graduate with our licensure, and therefore not have the ability to have our own classroom. Our courses are intense, rigorous, and full of detailed information.

2. I have to meet the needs of 20+ individuals.

Every child learns differently. What works for one student may not work for another. As a teacher, it is challenging to accommodate my lesson to every student's different learning style. On top of that, some students may be behind, on, or above grade level. You do what you have to do because the needs of your students always come first.

3. My job does not end when I leave the classroom.

Not only do I take home assignments to grade and lessons to create, there are parents to contact, meetings to attend, preparing for the day before the students arrive at school, I could go on.

4. Having the summers off does not make my job any "easier" than yours.

I'll admit, it's a perk. But, I did not study for years to earn my degree just to have the summers off. I studied my a** off because I have a passion for what I do. The teachers that are solely there for the paycheck burn out within a short number of years. Many teachers, in fact, attend workshops and classes to extend their education over the summer.

5. I will, unfortunately, come across students who are abused or neglected.

There is no textbook that could ever prepare a teacher to emotionally handle and help a student who is verbally, sexually, or physically abused or neglected. As a professional, we have to remember that we have to keep our emotions out of the situation (which is nearly impossible) and do what is best for that child.

6. We have to put the safety of our students before anything else, always.

For that child who is acting out or misbehaving, there is always an answer why. These students can be distracting to their peers and take away from their learning. As frustrating as these students can be, they are the students that us teachers have to have the most patience with. Going off of number 4, it can hard to make judgment calls on sending emails home to parents about their child's behavior because you're afraid of how that abusive parent will react to the child.

7. The liability of teaching.

People neglect to realize the HUGE responsibilities of teachers.

8. Not knowing which grade you're going to be teaching.

I may have my heart set on teaching first grade, but if I'm asked to teach fifth grade, I must be flexible for the needs of the students and the needs of the school. Those two age groups are completely different and moving from grade level to grade level can be challenging.

Teaching is definitely a one-of-a-kind type of job. If you are not born with the passion and love for this profession, it's definitely one you will quickly burn out in. Please, do not underestimate the challenges we face. We love what we do more than anything else, so please do not sit back and say what we do is "easy" when most people wouldn't make it through one day.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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