The 17 Stages Of Spring Semester

The 17 Stages Of Spring Semester

A stage for every week of the semester
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Week 1: Syllabus Week.

Ah, how refreshing- moving back into the dorms and starting all new classes. You catch up with everyone you haven't seen all break, and swear to yourself you're going to stay motivated and on top of your work this semester.

Week 2: Lectures begin.

After goofing off for syllabus week, now is the time when the real work begins, and professors truly dive into their lectures. You head to the campus bookstore to pick up textbooks.

Week 3: Getting to work.

You're already taking your first tests. With the end of the add-drop period, you have secured your schedule and mostly memorized it.

Week 4: Adjusting.

You finally fall into a routine that works for you, somehow juggling classes, jobs, clubs, eating meals, doing laundry, studying, grocery shopping, and hanging out with friends. You feel your motivation draining away like your bank account.

Week 5: The first long weekend.

You go home for the weekend, hang out with friends from your hometown, cuddle your pets, and spend the rest of the time sleeping and eating.

Week 6: Approaching midterm.

Back at school, you're preparing for midterms. That one pesky textbook you ordered at the beginning of the semester finally arrives in the mail.

Week 7: Midterm.

You find yourself studying for three to five different midterm exams, and truly wondering how much you've learned so far this semester. Your reward for getting through midterm exams is a well-deserved spring break.

Week 8: Spring Break!

Finally, the break you've been waiting for. Some travel to tropical locations and party it up all week, while others hibernate back at home, or pick up extra shifts at work. The ten days of college-free bliss recharges you for the rest of the semester.

Week 9: Return to sadness.

So. Much. Coffee.

Week 10: Course Selection.

Week 11: Considering dropping out.

You feel overwhelmed, and seriously consider dropping out of college and working a job or two while living at home. Do you really need that college degree? (Yes...)

Week 12: Housing Selection.

Week 13: Warm weather.

A few days of 70 degree weather has the campus alive with spring fever. Everyone is sitting out in the sun on the quad in between classes, and you can't stand to be indoors. This serves as a serious distraction from responsibilities.

Week 14: Spring Weekend.

Finally, the biggest college holiday of the spring semester. The weekend festivals are filled with music, dancing, and lots of partying.

Week 15: Home stretch.

It's almost May, so you're being assigned final projects and papers. For seniors, this glorious time of year may mean senior banquets and graduation rehearsals, and for sophomores it may mean a "Halfway There" barbecue to celebrate getting halfway through college.

Week 16: Last week of classes.

The last week of classes are filled with lots of work, and you find yourself scrambling to compile everything for the semester so you have something to show for it.

Week 17: Finals week.

All finals week consists of is studying, drinking coffee, and completing final exams. Although the final exams are torturous, you are raring to get done and get out of there. You pack up your dorm, turn in your key, and say goodbye to your friends. Home free for the summer, you've never felt freer. Congratulations on completing another semester of college!

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Mom, This One Is For You As I Leave For College

Thanks for being my best friend.
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Dear Mom,

it feels like yesterday that we were jumping up and down in the kitchen while tears of joy ran down our faces as the college acceptances started rolling in. You tagged along on my campus tours and wrote the pros and cons while I listed them off as I paced back and forth trying to make the decision of where my home would be the next four years. As six months till move in day has now turned into less than two weeks I just have a few things to say:

First, I'm going to miss you! Yes, I reminded you every couple of days how close we were to move in day and I've said several times that I can't wait to start this new chapter in my life but, I'm a lot sadder than I let on. In the midst of my excitement I have ignored the thought of not being able to see you everyday, being able to sing in the car with you to the songs we know we can kill, eating popcorn while watching Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights, or even something as simple as sharing a meal with you.

Secondly, I want you to know how much I appreciate you. Mom, I appreciate everything you have done for me thus far in life. I appreciate you dealing with the stressful side of me that came out while dorm shopping, when I know I didn't make it easy. Thank you loving me and encouraging me these past several years that made me into the person I am today. I am grateful for the sacrifices you have made and will probably make in the future with my best interest in mind. I feel so blessed that you are my sunshine on my cloudy days.

Third, I want to apologize in advance. I know there will be times I'm too busy to come home some weekends or even talk for an hour, despite really wanting to. There will be days filled with stress when I don't want you to know about the test I failed earlier that day or about the argument I had my boyfriend or roommate. Don't take any sass or delayed texts to heart, because you know I'll always call you back, I'll always break down and need your direction, and I'll always need to hear your voice.

One last thing, you will always be my best friend. You are the person who I get all of my advice from and the one who can make me laugh when all I want to do is cry. You turn my bad days into great ones. I can't wait to make you proud as I continue my education and start this new chapter in my life but, I hope you know it's all because of you. Your constant love, support, mother-daughter meals, advice, jam sessions in the car, hugs while I've cried and laughs to make me smile have all made me the person I am today. A person proud to be your daughter and a person who's ready to start college. So, mom, this one is for you!

Thank you!

With love,

Your Daughter.

P.S. thank God for FaceTime, am I right?

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19 Things No One Tells You To Bring To College

Some extra things to make sure you have the best dorm room on campus.

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If you're anything like me I'm sure you've read 100s of articles telling you what to bring to college…and by now you've probably figured out they all have the same things on them. In order to fix this, I've compiled a list of 19 things which are helpful at school, but no one tells you about.

1. Tupperware and Snack Containers

Don't want food to go stale? Have leftovers or food stolen from the dining hall? I didn't bring these things right away but once I got them it made dorm eating much more enjoyable. My personal favorites are the ones with locks and airtight seals.

2. Folding Drying Rack

There's nowhere to store a standing one, and the lack of room for hangers isn't going to work when you need to air dry a bunch of things. Getting a folding or collapsible one will fix all your laundry problems and can easily be stored in the back of a closet or slid in between a desk and a bed.

3. An Extra Laundry Basket

Sometimes the hamper overflows or you need somewhere to sort your laundry that's out of the way. This also makes it possible for you to leave your hamper down in the laundry room rather than bringing it back and forth without leaving a bunch of your clothes there as well.

Not to mention when you aren't using it, you can store other things inside of it rather than wasting space.

4. Umbrella

Very easy to forget if it's not raining when you're packing (hence why you'll see a lot of umbrellas bought at the bookstore).

5. Shoe Mat/Tray

If you go to school somewhere with all four seasons this is a must in the wintertime or the rainy season. I didn't end up buying mine until the first day of the spring semester but it saved our dorm room floor. We kept it in the front of the room and just threw our shoes and/or boots on it as soon as we got back.

This is nice too if you don't want (or your dorm doesn't allow you) to store your boots in the hallway. Also worked when I wanted my umbrella to dry off too!

6. Garbage Bags (or just some plastic bags)

It can be easier to have a plastic bag in the garbage can when making runs down the hall to the trash room. You could buy bags made specifically for this or pack a couple of things in some plastic bags and wait for more to accumulate because trust me they will.

7. Paper Towels

This is so simple it's easily forgotten until you're already there.

8. Lightbulb

You won't believe how easy it is to forget a lightbulb for your new desk lamp. Some people don't even think of it until they try and turn it on for the first time.

9. Costumes

If you think your going to go out during the year chances are you'll wind up at some sort of themed party. In that case, it might be nice to have something at the ready.

10. Blue Tape

This is a lifesaver when hanging dorm decorations. For years I've trusted blue tape to hang pretty much everything in my room, and it worked just as well in my dorm. Also, since it peels off there's no risk of peeling the paint off and getting fined which can (and does) happen with regular tape.

It works great for posters and pictures, but command stips are still the better choice for heavier things (ex. a canvas or frame).

11. Ice Cube Tray

I've never heard of a dorm with an ice machine (unless it's inside a hotel) so if you want cold drinks this is a must…especially during the hot months. Keep in mind you're in a room without air conditioning.

12. Some Decorations

Whether birthday, holiday, or just a nice background for pictures a few simple things can really make your dorm room feel more like home. My personal favorite is the window gel clings, they make every room a little more colorful.

13. Air Freshener

Everything you and your roommate own is going to be packed into this tiny dorm, including your wet towel, dirty clothes, gym clothes, stinky shoes and whatever else you might have. In the warmer month when it's still hot out the heat won't do anything to help the smell.

Since you're bound to invite your friends over (because where else are you guys gonna go) you want it to smell as pleasant as it can.

14. A Fan

I felt like a lot of college packing list left this off, when really it was one of the most used things in my room. If your someone who needs to have a blanket on to fall asleep pointing a fan at yourself is one way to be able to do this while it's still warm out. Not to mention, it's also useful in the winter.

The heating is working hard in the winter which can actually make the room extremely warm. I go to school in Syracuse, New York and we still kept the window cracked in the cold months. However, if it was snowing too hard or just too cold (especially since the window opened right where my head was when I slept) the fan was the perfect thing to make the room cooler.

Also helpful when you have a packed room no matter the season.

15. Fewer Clothes

Be realistic with what you're going to wear and how often you can (and will) do laundry. For instance, you can never have too much underwear, but you don't need 10 sweatshirts (also you're probably going to end up with at least one from your school).

This might sound odd but the one clothes item I know I overpacked was pajamas. I brought a bunch of pairs, some I only wore once and then got stuck in a routine of wearing my two favorite pairs of pajama pants. Also limit the number of t-shirts you bring, because you are going to end up with a ton of free ones (especially earlier in the year…or if you join a sorority).

16. Sunscreen

If you burn and have any interest in sitting out on the quad, it will be really useful to have a bottle.

17. A Stapler

It's definitely possible to find one on campus or borrow your friend's. However, I know I had to go out of my way a couple of times to staple things, so it's more convenient to have your own, but up to you.

18. Reusable Water Bottle

You're going to be walking around campus a lot. It might be nice to have a drink with you, especially in some of the warmer months.

19. An Extra Phone Charger

First it's always nice to be able to have a spare one in your bag, but second, the ones sold on campus are really expensive. If yours breaks ordering online won't be an option…unless you can keep your phone charged for 2 days.

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