Your College Spring Semester, As Told By 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'

Prophesizing Your Spring Semester With The Cast Of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'

If slaying big bads isn't enough, class is now in session.

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Just like any other girl who is destined to save the world more than a few times, Buffy Summers and her friends tackled the likes of college. Attending the fictional University of California Sunnydale, the Scooby gang is now learning about the modern novel.

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1. Picking classes at the last second

You're busy with other things and you don't have all that much time to pick your classes. Whether it be work, school, extracurricular actives, or potentially demon slaying, you simply cannot find the time to sit down and decide. Now every good class and convenient times are all full and you will be wait-listed. Maybe you have to wait until the next semester to take it. The opening of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 4 is the slayer and her best friend Willow trying to pick Buffy's classes for her semester. Don't worry, Buffy Summers understands your pain.

2. Looking at the prices of your books

College is expensive, books are expensive. When Buffy and Willow went to the bookstore at UC Sunnydale, the blonde college girl made a joke that she hoped her mom would have a funny aneurysm when she received the bill. Unfortunately, Joyce Summers did suffer in aneurysm in season 5 and sadly passed away. What's up with Joss Whedon and all the foreshadowing?

3. Meeting your crazy roommate

While Buffy's roommate Kathy Newman might have been an actual Mok'tagar Demon, our slayer knew right from the start that Kathy was a little off. She snored and smacked her lips in her sleep, clipped her toenails so that they would fly all over the room, and borrowed Buffy's clothing without asking. All signs that one's roommate is an evil demon. You can sleep soundly at night that your roommate most likely isn't going to steal your soul so their family can take you back instead. Most likely.

4. Attending your first day of classes

If you're anything like Buffy and you're a new freshman, college was completely overwhelming to you. You got lost, you were taken aback by how many people were passing out flyers, and there were so many people that you weren't used to seeing. You're surprised that professors jump right into lectures after going over the syllabus. You might even take a math exam on your first day to make sure you have the correct background information. We're in college COLLEGE.

5. Realizing you picked a not-so-friendly professor

Buffy's psychology professor turned out to be a secret agent of the Initiative, but that doesn't mean Professor Maggie Walsh wasn't hard on her students. The first class, Walsh informed the class that those who do not like refer to her as "the evil bitch monster of death." At least she knows that she's tough.

6. Embracing yourself more than you did in high school

In the first few seasons of "Buffy," Willow Rosenberg was the resident nerd of Sunnydale High. She had an unrequited crush on her male best friend and she was deeply insecure. While in her senior year, Will did find magic and a boyfriend in guitarist Oz. However, the redhead realized she was gay and began to date Tara Maclay, a fellow Wiccan. Joss Whedon also foreshadowed this when Willow saw herself as a vampire, saying "I think I'm a little gay."

7. Getting ghosted by potential hottie

Ghosting isn't just a modern thing, it happened a ton in the early 21st century as well. Recently dumped by love of her life, vampire with a soul Angel, Buffy slept with fellow student Parker Abrams and was emotionally hurt when she came to the conclusion when all he wanted was a one-night stand. Like any good slayer, Buffy handled her problem by punching Parker in the face while under the influence of a beer that gave its consumer a caveman-like drunk.

8. The middle-of-semester breakdown

Everything is due within the next week, your mental state is deteriorating, and everything physically hurts. A typical day of the slayer. Welcome to the middle of the semester!

9. Spring Break!

If you're not going somewhere tropical to sit beachside and have an exciting time, you're still getting a week off from school. Who could complain? While Buffy and the gang never went on a Spring Break, there have been a number of parties in the Buffyverse that have gone eerie.

10. Drinking too much and becoming caveman drunk

As stated in number seven, Buffy does have the mindset of a caveman after drinking a certain alcoholic beverage. Saying phrases like "fire bad" and ghosting "Parker bad," it's a little hard to defeat evil when your champion is concerned with making fire from sticks. If you go to a frat party or any party, please drink responsibly and don't become a Neanderthal.

11. Occasionally battling one or two demons

OK, maybe they are personal and metaphorical demons, but you still battled them! Picture yourself as the slayer killing an anxiety demon or a procrastination demon.

12. The dreaded time of final exams

It's like the middle of the semester multiplied by ten. It's Buffy fighting through one of the apocalypses, an accurate representation. Bloody, bruised, and beaten, Summers has defied death twice and if that doesn't describe finals week, I have no idea what does.

13. Graduation time!

If you're graduating this semester, congratulations! If not, I hope you do your best until you get that diploma. The Scoobies never did graduate college, but they graduated high school! Let's hope that there is no large snake at the ceremony that hopes of Ascending and eating the graduates.

Slay your college education.

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

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To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.

Sincerely,

The nursing student with just one year left.

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Terry McGinnis, AKA Future Batman, Will Always Be My Favorite DC Hero

In my opinion, he is the coolest DC hero that I have ever seen.

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Before Marvel, DC heroes were the biggest hits. I understand that people like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and many more DC heroes. If anyone were to ask me who my favorite DC hero is, that would be Terry McGinnis as Batman in "Batman Beyond."

One day, I watched an episode of "Batman Beyond" on TV. The episode was called "Rat Trouble." Terry McGinnis has to save his girlfriend Dana Tan from a rat in the sewer. The couple has problems with each other at the beginning of the episode because Terry does not show up in his dates with Dana. Dana does not know that he is Batman. When he saves her, he still does not reveal that he is the one that saved her. Overall, I find this episode to be very good.

Later on, I had Netflix. I watched the series by myself and it was a very good show to watch. My sisters find out that I was watching this series by myself and they agreed that it was a very good series to watch. I never finished the series, though, due to a busy life. Maybe I will finish it when I have time.

I did watch the movie "Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker." I remembered that my sisters and I watched it during our childhood. We remembered that it had a dark plot. When we watched it again, it was not too dark as we thought it was. Overall, the movie was very good. I always thought that Terry will face Joker in the cartoon series, but in the cartoon series, Joker was thought to be dead. Who knew that he would reappear later on in the future by using Tim Drake, the old Robin, as a vessel?

I used to wonder why they call the series "Batman Beyond." This question was answered by the last episode in "Justice League Unlimited." It turns out that Terry shares half of Bruce Wayne's genetics instead of his father's genetics. That happened because Amanda Waller notices that Bruce Wayne was getting old and soon, he will retire as Batman. Out of all the DC heroes, Amanda thinks that the world at least a Batman to save it. She creates a project called Batman Beyond where she and her workers will get Bruce's DNA and his DNA will be put in a married man who turns out to be Terry's father. Terry has a younger brother, but his younger brother does not have Bruce's DNA because Bruce's DNA is only for Terry. His DNA only goes to the first child. This episode shows that Terry McGinnis was destined to be the next Batman after Bruce Wayne.

Overall, "Batman Beyond" is one of my favorite superhero series to watch. I like listening to the opening song of the series and the opening song of the movie. If I have to act as a male DC hero in the movie, I would choose to act as Terry McGinnis. In my opinion, he is the coolest DC hero that I have ever seen! I am not sure if other people in the world like Terry McGinnis, but at least, it is a unique answer to who my favorite DC hero is.

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