A Story Of College: Concentrated But Not Concentrated

A Story Of College: Concentrated But Not Concentrated

But the "FR E SH A VOCA DO" vine is stuck in your head.
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I bet you have found yourself sitting in class before, taking notes, but you soon realize- your notes make little sense. There has probably been a time in your academic career when you were sitting in a lecture wondering what a chicken would do if it were to go in space. Okay, maybe you weren't thinking that specifically, but you get what I'm saying.

There has to be a time in everyone's academic career where they find themselves taking notes that would only make sense to a toddler. You try to stay focused, but it ends up doing less of that because you're so funny. You realize the lecture is words out of another mouth, so you continue with your nonsense notes. Who cares anyway? You can always get notes from your classmates or go online, right?

Well, it's about 40 minutes into the class, and you realize something. You would have better luck with writing the lines to High School Musical than the nonsense that is currently sitting in front of you. Meaning, you're so unfocused that you could recite a movie in your head that A. you have never seen, B. You haven't seen in ages or C.You watched the other night, and the iconic lines are still there.

As you look at the person's notes next to you, you realize this was a crucial lecture. One you probably should've been paying attention to, but the "FR E SH A VOCA DO" vine is stuck in your head. There's no turning back now.

So, as you're concentrating but not concentrating, you try your best to make it look like you know what's happening. You try to make sense of your notes, but face it, you're in too deep. You are trying to figure out if you know what's happening. And you are also watching an episode of Spongebob to the side of your notes.

Imagine for a second; you're sitting in class, trying your best to be entirely focused. All of a sudden that horribly embarrassing thing that happened in junior high pops into your head. You sit there squirming in pain. You're focused, but you're not focused. You're entirely focused on the professor, but you're somehow completely focused on that embarrassing moment, as well.

We've all been there. We've all soaked up information during that time, but the second we leave- it is all gone. We've all been the student who walks out of a class thinking "What did we just learn?" We've all sat through a class thinking about something that has no relation to what is going on.

Focused but unfocused is college. Give yourself a pat on the back for going to class, champ! You did it, and that is something to be proud of! Now go watch some Vines!

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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7 Reasons Why Being An Education Major Is The Best Decision You Can Make In College

Everyone has pride in their major, but us education majors are ones to beat.

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Before and throughout college, I changed my major roughly five times. It was such a tough decision for me, but I finally landed on the perfect one for me and that was education. Here are the reasons why being an education major is hands down the best:

1. We get to help others 

A huge reason I stepped into this degree was because I knew I would get to make a difference - small or large.

2. We play a big part in how the future will look like 

Did you ever think about that? Teachers get to help shape the kids of the future by how the classroom is run.

3. Studying education makes you appreciate education 

I have always loved school, but not as much as I do now. I have found a strong passion for education and the value it holds.

4. We get to be role models 

Some of those kids who walk through the door won't have anyone at home rooting for them, or they will, but your encouragement and push will help drive them to succeed.

5. We get to create a fun and effective learning environment 

I have learned what I do and do not want my classroom environment to be just through the teachers that I have had.

6. No one can do my job without the teaching license 

This for me has created job security knowing that no one can take my job without also having gone through the education, student teaching, and testing that I have.

7. Teachers will ALWAYS be needed 

Education will never go away, so neither will we as teachers.

I am honored, to say the least, to be able to be a teacher one day. It is something that I cherish and will work my hardest at being one of the greats.

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