Scavenging For Classes As Told By 'Hunger Games'

Scavenging For Classes As Told By 'Hunger Games'

If the odds were in my favor, my enrollment window would be open before yours.

This past week with scheduling classes has been a nightmare. I had my schedule ready months in advance and I believed that it would all work out as soon as my time slot opened. Well, I think this every time and of course it's a terrible idea. I have never once gotten the schedule I needed. This semester, I also had to balance going to two schools and working out my schedule to provide time to drive back and forth to them.

I can't be the only one that deals with this struggle. When trying to plan for your future and get into the major you desire it's difficult to not worry constantly. Scheduling your semester is a huge part of where this stress comes from. You have to get the classes in to meet your milestones for the semester while not trying to drown in difficult classes. If your schedule doesn't work out like you planned and you don't get into the courses you need, welcome to my world. You may end up taking Microbiology, Anatomy, and Anatomy lab all in the same semester.

Let's say a blessing for all of us in hopes that we got/get the classes we needed and survive this spring semester. Here are some thoughts we all have when planning and scurrying to get the perfect schedule.

1. This schedule could not be any more perfect.

2. Okay, my enrollment window opens tomorrow morning.

3. May the odds be ever in my favor, right?

4. *Enrollment opens, gets into two courses*5. Well, not what I was hoping for.

6. It's okay I can fix this.

7. I'll keep refreshing.

8. Someone is sure to drop.

9. Okay, not funny anymore, drop the course.

10. I'm going to fail out of my major.

11. Why did I choose this major.

12. This semester will destroy me.

However upset you may be out your schedule this semester, just remember to look on the bright side. At least it isn't the real Hunger Games. Everyone enjoy their spring semester and happy hunting!

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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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Now before anyone gets their panties in a twist, I'm not wishing summer away. I love the sun and the relaxation as much as the next person, but I am SO excited for back to school shopping.

Can you think of anything more satisfying than opening a new, pretty planner and filling in the lines with your schedule and to-do lists? Actually, I can- crossing those things off your to-do list. And you know the feeling when you flip to the first page of a notebook and try out every color of your brand new pens and/or markers? No? Yeah, okay, these might just be me but those are just a couple reasons I love back to school shopping.

Take a quick stroll through Target or Walmart and you can see school supplies everywhere you turn. I remember picking out different colored folders and notebooks for each class when I was a kid and everything corresponded. If I couldn't find a folder to match my notebook then you had better believe I changed colors to make everything match.

Back to school shopping is the perfect time to get your life organized before your normal switches up again. Going from lazy days to 3, 4, even 5 classes a day starting at 8 am is a huge change. When I have new school supplies, room decorations, clothes, etc. it makes that transition so much easier. I'll be a sophomore in college and yes, I still struggle with that transition.

Back to school shopping reminds me that it is possible for me to have some control and to have my life together. It's nice to start off the new semester with everything nice and clean and organized before the craziness takes over. So, call me crazy, but I'm here for back to school ads because I am here for the calm before the storm.

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