To The Senior On Their Last First Day

To The Senior On Their Last First Day

You have some of the best memories from college and some of the worst, but cherish every second nonetheless, because you can't turn back time.

I'm not going to lie, I can't believe this Monday August 28th, 2017 is my last first day of undergrad. The feeling is so exciting, but kind of daunting. I mean, this could be my last time walking onto a campus for the first time. This is my final moments to have the "college experience." I don't know the future, but I do know that things will be okay. I have so much advice that I give others in my position but now that it's me, my advice is different. I told people, "you have plenty of time to figure things out," but honestly I don't. The clock is above my head and it's ticking away. Here are some things I tell myself each day, to make the big changes coming up a little less scary.

One: What is meant to be will be. I can't control the future but I can choose how I handle the present. I can tell what I do now predicts what I do when I finish this year. I can only work towards my goals and never give up.

Two: Never let anyone tell you you can't or drag you down. People are always wanting you to fail so they feel better about themselves. Whether you are being bullied or you have "unrealistic" dreams, no one can take away your imagination. Only you can tear yourself down. If you decide to listen to the hateful, jealous words then that's on you. You are the only one who can hold yourself back, so chin up and move on, because you can do anything you put your mind to.

Three: Breathe and enjoy the moment. I tell myself to enjoy the moments I have left in college, because the big girl world is coming up quickly and I have to be ready. The thoughts of getting my dream job freaks me out, but I tell myself to breathe. Nothing else. Time flies and I can't get caught up in the future because I'll forget the time I have now.

Never waste your time because it's precious, but also treasure every second. The most surprising moments happen when you least expect them, and this year will be my best one yet. This may be my last first day of undergrad but I know that I'll have the time of my life this year. I love school and I'm excited to finally finish it and get my degree! To the seniors having their last first day, spend the day observing everything you see and carve it into my memory. Take your time and watch the little things, because it may be the last time you ever see them. Take everything and store it away for your last last day and you're crying because damn it, you did it. You have some of the best memories from college and some of the worst, but cherish every second nonetheless, because you can't turn back time.

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Spring Break Is A Myth, And We Should Do Something About It

Take a break, they said, it will be fun, they said.

Spring break: it’s a myth. It is a long-awaited week in the life of college students. The time between the start of the semester and the start of spring break seems to last FOREVER. For many, spring break is the only time they can see their families all of second semester. We wait for months to get to go home or on vacation, but the break never ends up as intended.

The problem with spring break is that it usually ends up being much less of a break than it is supposed to be, due to the piles of work we bring to our spring break destinations. The difference between winter and spring break is that winter break is between semesters, so there’s no homework due yet and there aren’t any exams looming over your head. With spring break, it’s smack in the middle of the semester. There are assignments due, exams, midterms, projects, all of it! It’s hard to enjoy a break when you know there’s something you can be working on or studying for.

Picture this: you and your friends booked a week-long trip to Mexico. You went on a huge shopping spree for new swimsuits and clothes to wear out at night. After exploring the giant hotel you decide to go sit out on the beach. It’s ninety degrees and the sun is bright and shining. You’re lying in beach chairs, bikinis and sunscreen on, all reading to the sound of the ocean waves crashing.

Sounds nice right? WRONG!

Those books are textbooks and up against those beach chairs are your backpacks. You’re not reading for fun, you’re studying for your exam that's the Tuesday after break. Not only do you need to study for this exam, but you also have a lab report to write and a group project to work on. Well, there goes the break part of spring break.

It seems the best solution to this issue with spring break is to adjust the school rules. There should be a school-wide rule stating that there are to be no assignments due the week after spring break and there should be no exams for at least a week after spring break. That would take care of all the time spent buried in books versus buried in the sand.

Even if you’re not actually at a beach destination, a break is a break, regardless of where it’s spent. Breaks are supposed to be spent with family, friends, anyone important to us. We’re supposed to be doing things we love and catching up on sleep. Studying for an exam is not something anyone loves.

Since spring break is right around the corner, we need to plan accordingly. There’s nothing we can do about the exams and assignments, at least right now. For the time being, we have to be smart about how we use our time over break. Yes, we do need to get the work done and study, but we also need to balance that with taking a break.

Until we can figure out how to cut down the spring break load, good luck and have a great spring break!

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The Week After Spring Break As Told By Kim Kardashian

It's a rollercoaster for sure.

Aaaah, Spring Break... What every college student waits for the second they get back to classes in January. Whether you spend your break on a beach in tropical weather or on your couch in sweats, no break can be bad.

The first week back is a different story, though. As you head back to campus after break and board the struggle bus with all other college students, just know that we've all been there. And if you think you're alone in your emotions, just know that Kim K has felt what you're feeling, too.

Here's the first week back after break as told by Kim herself...

1. When someone asks if you're excited to go back as you're driving to school

2. When you unpack and realize you're actually back

It all hits when you are alone in your room putting the clothes you didn't even wear over break away.

3. When your break sleeping schedule hits

What do you mean I have to set an alarm?

4. When your alarm goes off 3 hours before you got up all of break

This is when you ask yourself, "How bad do I want this degree?"

5. When it's your first class back and you begin to remember all of the things that you have to do ASAP...

What are due dates again?

6. But then you realize it'll all work out...

7. And you finally see your friends again

Then you realize being back isn't so bad after all.

Even though Kim didn't go to college herself, she clearly has felt what we all feel when we return to campus after break. So thank you, Kim for articulating what all college students are feeling like and showing us the rollercoaster that is the week after Spring Break.

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