10 Signs That It's Time For You To Go Back To School After A Great Summer

10 Signs It's Time For You To Go Back To School, Even If You Had A 10/10 Summer

As fun as it is to get away from classes and deadlines for the summer, soon enough we're all itching to go back for one reason or another.

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Summer feels like the escape from the hectic shuffle that is the last few weeks of school... until the end of August hits. For most college students, we finish school in beginning-mid-May, leaving the next three and a half months wide open. Filling that available time means working, sleeping, going back to work, and in between, trying to manage a social life with your friends and family from home.

As fun as it is to get away from classes and deadlines for the summer, soon enough we're all itching to go back for one reason or another.

1. You're running out of things to do.

There's only so much Netflix and YouTube to go around before it starts to feel like you've watched everything at least twice. If you're getting so desperate that you're downloading random apps to keep you occupied or hitting up people you haven't talked to in years to hang out, it might be time to go back to school.

2. Work is starting to feel endless.

Is there anything else to do except work? Yeah, go to three or four classes every day, crash in between, and then scramble to find some dinner. Priceless.

3. The number of people to hang out with is slowly getting smaller.

It's hard enough to make plans when it feels like everyone is on different schedules, but once August hits it feels like your friends are dropping like flies. Special programs, early move in, last minute vacations; each one is taking yet another friend from you until you end up at Chipotle by yourself (which is fine).

4. You start questioning whether you really need this much space in the house when you can live in a dorm just fine.

Depending on your living situation, all this extra space in the house can start to feel...unnecessary. I can't be the only one who goes up and down the stairs multiple times when I forget things and then catch myself longing for the days when literally everything I needed was in one room.

5. You have a weird desire to be productive.

As stressful as school can be, doesn't it feel nice to be able to check assignments off on your to-do list? Or get rid of those deadline notifications in Canvas. When there's a lull in your summer activities and you start looking for projects to do, that means it's time to get going.

6. Looking at dorm set-ups and decorations becomes a hobby.

So what if I screenshot a bunch of super extra dorm pics and put a bunch of unnecessary dorm items in my Amazon cart? At least I'm prepared.

7. You're liking every picture on your school's Instagram.

That feeling when you miss your school so much you follow the main account and res life just to like every picture of a building you saw everyday on campus.

8. You're posting all of your Snapchat memories from the school year to your story. Every. Single. One. 

We've really hit that point in the summer when everyone I know is putting up a photo montage of their time at school followed by a black screen with the words "I'm so ready to go back." Mine's coming soon. (No it's not.)

9. The move-in date is in your calendar and a countdown has been started. 

Eagerly awaiting the arrival of your move-in packet and immediately beginning to make an itinerary for your move-in day is making it pretty obvious.

10. Everyone in your house is telling you they're ready for you to leave. 

When you hear that at the end of every little petty argument, it means that summers in college really have a way of making your whole family hate you until it's time to go back.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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5 Reasons Why I Love Being a Psychology Major

By learning about others, you can also learn more about yourself.

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I have always grown up interested in people: what they do, why, and what makes them who they are. We are all created the same way, but from the moment after birth, we all undergo drastically different experiences. Some people were born into wealthy families, ones that never worried about money, while others were born into the lower class who struggled to simply put food on the table. Some individuals grew up in extremely religious households, while others did not. None of us have the same life experience; your friend, neighbor, or stranger you just passed have all seen different things that have shaped you all in unique ways. For me, Psychology is the field that helps us not only better understand each other, but also, ourselves. So here are 5 reasons why I love being a psychology major:

1. Both NATURE & NURTURE make a person.

No one thing is responsible for you being you. Psychologists and scientists use to argue over whether an individual is a result of genetics (nature) or from their environment (nurture); typically, implying home environment or parenting. Today we don't understand this concept as an either/or debate but as a combination of both. Yes, there are genes and biological factors which make individuals more likely to behave a certain way, genes which may indicate certain psychological disorders or predispositions; however, without a particular environment, these genes may never activate within an individual. One example is the "warrior gene", MAOA, which is linked to higher aggression in individuals; furthermore, it is often a predictor of psychopathy. Many individuals may have this gene; however, if the environment they were raised does not activate this gene, its effects may be negligible. Simply having a gene does not mean it will cause behavior or trait, only that it is possible.

2. One's perception of a situation is critical.

In psychology, the objective reality of a situation is not usually the main concern, but actually how one perceives or understands that situation. For example, a woman sent to rehab for self-medicating her chronic pain will see her situation vastly different than from a doctor. A doctor would likely see her self-medication as a drug problem, but the woman may understand the problem as chronic pain. Health Psychology particularly aims at understanding one's perceptions of health and aiding to correct unhealthy or risky behaviors. One's perception is just as important as reality because it will dictate individuals' behaviors. If we understand how we perceive our health, safety, or other obstacles in life can help to correct behaviors or find better solutions.

3. I am aware of the cognitive biases all around us.

Psychology connects to many fields, particularly neuroscience. Learning how the brain works, which parts of the brain process which functions, and the behaviors that result allow us to better understand an individual's decision in a certain situation. It can also tell us how the brain can be fooled in cognitive biases. Simply how a question is framed, or what an individual is primed with, can affect one's decision-making abilities; one kind of cognitive bias is the Framing Effect. When asked the same question, but framed as either a gain or a loss, individuals tend to make drastically different decisions. Our brain, specifically the amygdala, tends to avoid certain losses and uncertain gains. Understanding the brain and underlying psychology can help us be more informed, and make decisions not influenced by others.

4. I understand the power of conformity.

The power of conformity is strong; I mean, who doesn't want to belong? Psychology brings awareness to the impact of one's situation on our behavior, studied thoroughly in Social Psychology, but also how other individuals can. Psychologist Asch created a study where single participants had to determine if line A, B, or C was the same length as the example, in a room of confederates who said the wrong answer. The results of the study showed that the majority of participants went along with whatever answer the confederates all gave, even when the participant knew the Confederates' answers were incorrect. It can be hard to go against the crowd. An issue that psychology brings to light; however, I believe psychology gives us the tools to understand the pressure and break away from it. Psychology gives us power (knowledge) to combat issues like conformity.

5. I learn more and more about myself.

By studying how the brain works, you, in turn, are learning about how your own body functions. In Personality Psychology, you gain a better understanding of where your traits came from and how you may be influenced in situations (i.e. are you likely to try new foods and experiences? Are you a person high on openness?). While learning about the power of the situation and one's subjective construal (or perception) on a situation, you can potentially see through the stereotypes, cognitive biases, and incorrect assumptions made by individuals every day. By learning about other people, and why they behave a certain way, we can better understand ourselves.

Psychology is a field of many fields. Whether you prefer to do psychological research or finding out the secrets of our minds, or you rather be hands-on, by assisting in behavioral modification or therapies, psychologists help people in many different ways. This field not only helps you to learn about others but also yourself. A field which will open your eyes and mind to the misconceptions or assumptions we may make on a daily basis, and understand how that can influence our behavior.

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