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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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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