So I'm Not Pre-Med

So I'm Not Pre-Med

This choice doesn't make me stupid.

When you were little, what was your answer for what you wanted to be when you grew up? Were you going to be an astronaut, or an actor, or a vet, or a mom? Most of us were. As kids, we have this indefinite room to dream and imagine what we want to be. The older we become, the less imaginative our dreams get. We start focusing on what career is the easy way out, or what will make us the most money. We push our dreams aside to fulfill careers that our parents predestined for us. We’re expected to be in the uppity-up at all times. So naturally, what career comes to mind when you think of that? To me, its pre-med. Don’t get me wrong, I give tons of credit to the ones who go into that path and truly have a passion for it. I wish I loved the field, but in reality, I know it isn’t for me and that is okay. While I completely agree that pre-med and similar fields require knowledge and smarts, I don’t find that it should discredit my major either.

If you didn’t already know it, I am a film major. What that has taught me is that probably three-fourths of the population thinks I pick up a camera for five minutes, film whatever there is, and I have a video. I wish it were that easy. Maybe for you that works, but for the rest of us, lots of work goes into the entire process. It’s a process that people fail to see because of all the behind-the-scenes work.

If you’ve ever read any of my articles, you’ll realize I love to tell stories. So naturally, it’s story time.

Over the summer, my aunt and cousin decided they wanted to start a vlog on Youtube. However, neither of them realized the work that went into that to make it a ‘good’ vlog. For this particular form of outreach, pre-production wasn’t really needed, so I will save the longevity of that process for another day. (You’re welcome.) The post-production process is what they needed the most help with. Neither my aunt nor cousin knew how to work the editing software on their computer, so I sat them down for Demi’s Editing 101 class. I tried to squeeze as much information as possible into an hour’s time, and honestly, that was only long enough to show them how to make cuts, to piece together videos, detaching audio and adding music or sounds, and the other general components. My aunt’s thoughts at the end were “Wow, I didn’t realize how much work actually went into editing a video. That’s a lot of work.” Yes, yes it is.

Maybe you’re an education major. For starters, you have to know how to handle kids in your class. Everyone comes from a different background and is raised differently. I asked a friend, Adrianna, who is an elementary education major, what she thought was difficult about her major. She brought to light all of the ways she has to know to work with every individual kid in order to make the classroom work. She says that “people can’t just want to be a teacher because they like kids. They have to be prepared to take on every kid acting a different way and learning how to make that function within their class.”

I’m here to say this: whether you’re a pre-med, or whether you decided to do something else is completely your choice. Every major has its own ways of learning, and in each, there is a knowledge one must reach in order to succeed. So, while you aren’t studying anatomy, but instead, you’re practicing voice and piano because you’re a music major, be proud of that moment. We each have something to teach the world no matter what we choose to do.

Cover Image Credit: Demi Agresta

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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10 Ways English Majors Are Figuratively, NOT Literally, Ted Mosby

To write or to read, that is the question all English majors must face when working on homework.


Rather you're an English major or lit major or a writing major, there are a few things that we all have in common. And if you watched "How I Met Your Mother," you probably related to Ted Mosby more than you wished to.

1. Restraining yourself for correct people's text


It's you're not your and it irritates me to no end.

2. Not understanding the difference between an English major and an English writing or English literature major


My friend from another school is an English major and I'm an English writing major. I still don't know what the difference is.

3. Having one grammar rule that you care a lot about


Whether it be "your vs. you're," "affect vs. effect," or "literally vs. figuratively," there's a good chance you go crazy throughout your day.

4. Writer's block


Especially because your grade counts on it. Although, it won't be fun when it turns into your job depending on it.

5. Having to write all genres in one class


Even though you prefer one genre and hate the others.

I don't care for nonfiction tbh.

6. Workshops


Not your best moments.

7. Knowing how impossible it is to have a favorite book


It's like picking a favorite child... but worse.

8. Feeling bad when you forget grammar rules


Are you even an English major???

9. People telling you your major is the easiest one


I get it, but at the same time, we can have a lot of work to do. We just drown in papers, reading assignments, research projects, presentations and portfolios. I still prefer it to exams and labs.

10. Figuring out life


Honestly, there's too many things I want to do for a career and I can't pick AND each one is under my major. It is a nice problem to have. But hey I can run away from making a choice until the time comes.

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