A School Year Reflection From The Girl Who Loved Junior Year

A School Year Reflection From The Girl Who Loved Junior Year

Let's do it again.

As my junior year of college is slowly coming to a close, I have been finding myself doing lots of reflecting on this past year. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was finishing my sophomore year. This past year has been one filled with adventure, change, old and new friendships and memories, and lots of contemplation about the future. However, I can say with full confidence that junior year has been the best school year yet.

Without a doubt, the highlight of this past year was my semester in Florence, Italy. Throughout my four months abroad, I got the chance to do a plethora of things that not everyone gets the chance to do. I was able to immerse myself into a culture that was so very different from that of my own, travel to many different European countries and cities over the weekends, to take risks and to try new things, and to experience going to a university in a different country.

Oh, and how could I forget, I learned that it is OK to eat pasta and gelato at any hour of the day. This experience during my first semester of junior year was absolutely life-changing and it was a time in my life that I will cherish forever.

While the first half of my junior year was dedicated to traveling and experiencing the different cultures of the world, returning to school for second semester was a bit of a wake-up call for me. Unlike while I was in Italy, I had to steer my focus back on school and transition back into my normal academic and studying routines. I traded in my weekends full of traveling to weekends full of studying when need-be.

The second half of this year, I have really started focusing more on what I am going to do after college, as it may not seem so far away, but in reality I know that senior year is going to speed by, and before I know it I am going to be in the real world. This was another wake-up call that I got post-study abroad.

Since being back at school, I have been under the pressure and stress of finding a Summer internship, to give myself a little head start at experience for when I do graduate in about a year. This has been extremely stressful, as I am not one-hundred percent certain on what I exactly want to do when I graduate. However, as the remaining days of junior year are flying by, I have been trying to contact and land an interview with as many companies as possible.

Junior year made me realize that I need to gain some general experience in the workforce and that from that experience I will eventually come to a decision on what I want to pursue. Junior year really gave me that push to get myself out there.

Although I have already been in my sorority for the past three years of college, junior year made me realize just how much I appreciate the people that I have met and the opportunities that have arisen from it. Still, to this day, I always look forward to Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. when chapter meets, as it is a chance to be with all of my sisters and to take a break and unwind from my day full of studying.

Most importantly, I am very thankful that I still have time, and that junior year isn't senior year. I feel forever grateful to go to the University of Delaware and to surround myself with the amazing friends that I have made here, and I am even more grateful that I get one more year to continue making amazing memories like I have made so far.

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10 College Mistakes I Made As A Freshman, So Now Maybe You Don't Have To

Don't make the same mistakes I did.


It is August, so you know what that means! Time to start mentally preparing yourself for gruesome exams, studying like crazy, staying up late, and having no free time for yourself. I am going to be returning to college as a sophomore this year. To help all future freshman who are going to college this year, I have decided to write this article with ten mistakes that I have made as a freshman in college. If I could go back in time, I would have done things a little differently, and I hope that every body can learn from my mistakes.

1. Cared about my grades to the extreme.


I was one of those people in high school who always had the straight A's. When I got to college, I knew that my grades would slip because everyone warned me that my A's would turn into B's and C's. What I was not prepared for was knowing absolutely nothing in a class and passing with a C- or D. You have to learn that D's get degrees, and if you are attending on a scholarship with a minimum GPA, just know that your other classes will balance out your GPA and it will work itself out in the end. I highly recommend taking easy art credits (such as sign language or a music learning group) that is worth half a credit to boost your GPA.

2. Rooming with your high school buddy.


This isn't a mistake I've made, but some of my friends from high school have. Two friends decided to room with each other their freshman year. As a result, they didn't make any new friends since they were always dependent on each other and relied on one another. When I went to college, I was all alone and therefore forced to make friends. I highly recommend not rooming with someone you know. This is an opportunity to meet new people!

3. Didn't give myself time to exercise or relax.


I was constantly studying, and my health started to deteriorate. My skin broke out, and I just felt tired all the time. I should've had an exercise regime where I could focus on my mind and body.

4. Brought too many summer clothes.


I didn't realize how much of the school year is cold. I brought way too many summer dresses, sandals, you name it. I should've instead brought all of the sweaters and boots. Do yourself a favor and leave the crop tops at home!

5. Didn't bring a heavy coat.


I made the mistake of bringing a light coat. I froze several times while walking to my classes, especially the morning ones. Do yourself a favor and invest in a quality coat!

6. Didn't pay attention to ratemyprofessor.com and upperclassmen about professors.


There were several times where I had the opportunity to pick between professors, and I went with the one that fit into my schedule the best. Yes, you need to plan your day so you have time to rest, but if the professor is absolutely terrible, do not take that class or your school year will be hell. I ignored the comments on ratemyprofessor.com and upperclassmen about a certain chemistry professor, and I thought they just didn't study enough or were not motivated. I was proven wrong when I barely scraped by with a D.

7. Took 8 a.m. classes.


8 a.m. classes are the devil and you should avoid them at all costs. The professor doesn't want to be there, your peers don't want to be there, and I'm sure you don't want to be there either. It is also super easy to skip an 8 a.m. In addition, it's always cold in the morning, so in the winter you will have a miserable time getting up and trudging to your class.

8. Didn't go out and explore campus.


I spent the majority of my time cooped up in my dorm and not exploring campus or going places with my friends. If I could go back, I would've walked around a little more, give myself a break and buy some ice cream at some random shop.

9. Didn't volunteer at events enough.


When I tried to type up my resume for jobs, I realized that I do nothing. Everyone else and their mom has a giant list of things they've done for others, and I had one or two. Do yourself a favor and volunteer at your college's events. There are so many opportunities to volunteer, and you will make many new friends.

10. Not visit my professor's office hours.


Professors can be intimidating, and I know the last place you want to be is at your professor's office. Do yourself a favor, and visit them, even if you do not need help on homework. The more they get to know you, the more they'll sympathize with you and help you out. I know one friend who took a physics class and the professor was notorious for being one of the worst in the University. She was failing, so she visited her professor and explained that she is trying her best but physics is a hard subject. He agreed with her, and said that he appreciates her for trying, and as a result, he lifted her grade to a C. Professors have the power to pass or fail you, so be sure to get acquainted with them.

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​Shoutout To Random University Fees And Overpaid Professors That Drive College Kids Into Debt



Everyone knows college students are forced to penny pinch. Universities, such as Western Washington University, charge fees to every student whether or not they use the amenities they are being charged for. For example, at Western Washington University, students are charged upwards of $1,681 added to tuition for one academic school year. This includes, health center, multicultural center, legislative fund, and the list goes on.

Whether you take part in any of these things, you're charged.

It is no secret that the cost of tuition is at an all-time high, but there are no signs of it slowing. This is because universities are hiring professors they can't afford, paying professors that will never interact with a student personally but through a TA, and building/renovating buildings that are not necessary. The highest paid professor makes more than $100,000 a year.

To pay that one professor, it would take the full tuition, of more than five students to have enough money for the university to pay them.

That is disgusting.

Western has about an 18:1 student to faculty ratio, that sounds great, to all who do not attend. I consider paying a professor over $100,000, then building a new multicultural center to be living beyond the universities needs. Of course they receive donations, but with all the extra fees the university forces on you, living within your means really equates to ramen, wearing the same clothes every week because buying new ones would be too expensive, and memorizing how much a sweet tea at McDonald's costs after tax ($1.09 in case you were wondering). "My name is Cheyenne and I am addicted to McDonald's sweet tea." OK, moving on.

The university itself does have resources such as the food pantry, and the occasional clothing swap throughout the dorms and campus. But as a college student, as prideful as I am, I would turn down those resources, as I have in the past. That being said, that doesn't mean other students wouldn't also turn down these resources.

The universities need to lower their costs of attendance. That is nothing new, we all know that. But after breaking down how much the university actually spends on professors who only interact with students through their TA's, it wouldn't be terrible to start to demand a change from our universities to not only stay in their budget but to decrease some of the expenses students have to pay.

If that means not building a brand new building, I'm sure we will all live, if it means professors actually teach their classes and give students their money's worth, I am totally down for that.

Many of us pay for college ourselves or through grants, and scholarships. Every $100 that can be saved by the university reducing these expenses will not only make the students happier but will also make achieving graduation and reaching the degree we are paying for easier to receive.

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