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!

Cover Image Credit: Quinnipiac University

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If South Carolina Colleges Were Characters From 'The Office'

Who's Jim and who's Meredith?
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"The Office" is one of the best shows on the face of the planet. Don't believe me, you obviously haven't watched it. It has a character for everything, including all of the South Carolina colleges.

The Citadel

This one is probably the easiest. Creed Bratton. Hands down. Military all day every day. No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors, except the people there. Just like Creed's mind.

Coastal Carolina University

Consistently voted one of the top party schools in the nation. #It'snotcollegeit'sCoastal.

Winthrop University

Winthrop is the place for future teachers. We all know that Meredith is the mother/teacher figure in the office, which is kind of scary in and of itself.

Columbia College

Erin just seems like the type of person who would go to an all-female college.

Bob Jones University

At what other school do you see people wearing things that could be from the American Girl large colonial dolls Spring line?

Wofford College

The pearls, Greek Life, and Southern fashion are so real.

Furman University

Let's be real. Pam is a bit of a nerd. But at the end of the day, she does know how to get down. I mean she WAS on the party planning committee. And who doesn't want that Ring By Spring?

College of Charleston

Nard Dog is definitely in an a capella group in Charleston, taking in the city and the history while dressing like a frat star.

Medical University of South Carolina

Andy isn't alone in Charleston. Dwight is down there becoming a doctor. Yes, someone who can save lives and is able to do surgery. Although, who else would you expect to be a doctor?

University of South Carolina

There would be no South Carolina without the University of South Carolina. There would be no office without Michael Scott. The later seasons prove it. They're large and in charge.

Clemson University

While Michael thinks that he runs the office, it's no secret that Jim is the mastermind behind the operation. The office would fall apart without him. I'll just let that sit.

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To The Professor Who Makes College Difficult For Difficulty's Sake, Who Made You Like This?

We all have that one professor each quarter/semester that makes life harder.

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To professors everywhere,

Don't forget your students are young, dumb, and broke.

I think that many of your hearts become hardened while being a professor. Students with excuses, coworkers, and bosses who take advantage of you or just plain ignore you. All while trying to figure out how to grade over 100 papers, tell a TA what to do, and try and have your own life in the process. (I'm exhausted just typing about it).

But, as students, our lives are hard too. We have three or more classes in a week that each demand the same workload or each more than the last. Reading chapters of textbooks, worrying about exams, trying to find the motivation to show up to class when you make us feel stupid for not having the understanding in one quarter that you have after obtaining a Ph.D. Add our class loads to the jobs we have to maintain in order to survive and feed ourselves. Please do not forget, we make sacrifices for your classes.

For those of us who had to move away from home, we miss so much to be able to attend your classes as many days as we can. For everyone else, they might even show up to class sick because you won't accept an email that says, "I'm sick and I can't make it to class today," and penalize them for having to miss.

Lighten up.

When Arbitrarily, with all of this, social life, family, school, work, and we need to take a day off for a three day weekend, or we need to take a day to calm down from the hustle of college life, please understand. Mental illness is prominent in college students, if you are so tough on a student for taking a day off that they continue to overload their brain, their work slips.

We completely lose our motivation, you were in our shoes once, so why is it so hard for you to cut us a little bit of slack?

I am having at least three anxiety attacks in a single week, my class workload is ridiculous and I'm only taking three classes, but two of them have so much reading. I don't have enough time to work, finish my homework on time, and do all the reading you require... With the reasoning I've heard too many times to count, "Well this is just as much reading if not less than your other classes. This shouldn't be too difficult."

False. That makes it harder. I am not the only one.

Life is hard no matter how old you are. Please do not forget that your students are trying. They're trying to pass your class and get on with their lives as do you when the quarter/semester is up. Sometimes with our busy lives, we can't keep up, just put yourself in our shoes and ask yourself, "Am I contributing to the strife in this students life?" If you think you are or you're trying to rationalize why you're not, start thinking about ways to improve, for you and us.

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