Stress of Junior Year

Stress of Junior Year

Junior Year aka stressful year. While many people think college only consists of classes, there is much more added to a students plate during junior year. While classes are always insane, with papers, assignments, tests, and quizzes, there is much more than that. Junior year, consists of many other aspects in order to prepare you for the real world. Hearing the words "real world" stresses out college students beyond belief. Some of the things going through a college students mind during junior year…


1. Resume Building

While some may think putting together a resume sounds easy, it most definitely is not. When putting your resume may questions come to mind, such as what do I put on my resume? Is this important? How do I set it up? How do I stand out from all the other applicants? Therefore, it is much more than putting all your accomplishments and jobs on a piece of paper. This is why at Fairfield University, faculty is there to help. They know the answers to your questions and if they do not know, perchance, they find out for you.

2. Cover Letter

What on earth does someone write in a cover letter? What is the purpose of the cover letter? How do I stand out in a cover letter? A lot of time and effort is put into a cover letter because it has to be individualized to the job or internship you are applying for. Again, This is why at Fairfield University, faculty is there to help. They know the answers to your questions and if they do not know, perchance, they find out for you.

3. Linkedin Account

Making a Linkedin account sounds fairly easy, just going through the steps that are required. Linkedin is a way to market yourself, which brings up the question, how do I stand out? Linkedin is an efficient way for companies to view applicants. Everything is in one place, showing someone's character. But what does one post? The pressure of a post reflecting if you are a potential candidate for a job makes one question everything they write. The pressure to market yourself, the pressure to show the best side of you that there is.

4. References

Again, references seem like the easy step. But before you write down references, who do you use as a reference? Pick someone who can speak highly about you and show that you stand out compared to others. Once one figures out the write people that will allow for them to stand out compared to others, how to do you go about asking them? Contacting people can sometimes be like pulling teeth. It may take time for someone to get back to you, the process is long. Once you decide and ask, what do you need to know about them? Figuring out what you need from a reference can be nit picky but do not let it stand in your way. Soon, you will have all your information and everything will come together.

5. Recommendation Letters

When asking someone to use them as a reference, does that mean that you want a recommendation letter from them too? Do you use the same people? Choosing someone with excellent writing skills to speak highly of you in order for you to again, stand out.

6. Writing Samples

When an internship or job asks one for a writing sample, what does that imply? It is a way for you to show your writing ability along with your ability to stand out compared to other applicants. How do you choose a topic to write about that is appropriate in a job setting? How does that writing sample show how you are as a person and/or worker?

7. Finding the Perfect Internship

Internships are the end result to all of these steps, it is what one is striving for in college. Everyone wants to make money during their internship but plenty are unpaid positions. But the experience will be worth it in the end. Internships are about discovering what you like and dislike in the workplace. Internships lead to jobs, which leads to the rest of your life. Internships can open up lots of doors for someone, that is why standing out is important because that means things you will have a lot to add to that company.

Junior year is marketing yourself in order to attract the jobs and internships you are interested in. Take it a step at a time. Ask for help. Every college campus has an organization to help navigate the students way through this time in their lives. Standing out is important, there is a lot more than just applying for a job. There are a lot of things leading up to applying that are very stressful during junior year. Breath. Everything works out. Life will come together. Stand out. If you are stuck, this website is a huge help!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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A Solution to the Lori Loughlin Situation

Let's help people who want to go to college instead of those who don't!


By now, everyone has heard about the Rick Singer college scam, where a man made millions of dollars by defrauding standardized testing companies and bribing elite university's athletic coaches. You will have heard of the wealthy people who paid to have their kids get into high-level schools, like Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives and more notably, everyone's favorite TV aunt.

I can understand why Loughlin would want to do everything in her power to help her children get a top-notch education at USC. Who doesn't hope for the best for their kids, and who wouldn't be willing to help their kids by any means necessary (even if illegal)? Obviously, what was done was illegal and Loughlin deserves to go to prison for her actions. I just thought I understood the motive behind everything. But when I looked up Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade, that sentiment immediately changed.

Olivia Jade reminds me of what all of the teens in Gossip Girl would be like if they actually existed. She is spoiled, entitled, and has had everything handed to her on a silver platter. Her dream is to be a full-time YouTuber. She showed up late to her first year at college because she was vacationing in Fiji. Her parents paid for her to be able to design her own freaking eyeshadow palette! All of this wouldn't really matter to me if she actually wanted to go to college, but here's a direct quote of hers that leaves me sick to my stomach:

"I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend, but I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all. I do want the experience of like game days, partying. I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."

So, a person who clearly has no educational aspirations was handed a spot at the University of Southern California because her mom had the means to buy it for her. What should be done to stop this? The answers are donation blind acceptance policies, stricter legislation and making an example out of everyone who used Singer's "resources" to help their child.

While paying off Singer to help improve test scores doesn't fall under donations, contributing significant amounts of money to a school can definitely help a person get in. Universities like people whose parents are able to pay for new equipment or amenities, so it makes sense that admissions committees do take donations into account. What admission committee is going to deny someone who has a library donated under their name? Many schools have adopted need-blind financial aid policies for those who cannot afford full tuition, so why are there no donation blind schools? There's a fine line between a charitable donation and bribing a university, so it would be best if all donations became anonymous and admissions committees had no ideas about the financial situations of potential students. This would give a leg up to students of lesser means who would not be able to donate obscene amounts to get their applications looked at more kindly.

Stricter legislation and making an example out of Singer, Loughlin, and Huffman may not stop everyone from hacking the system, but it's a start. It would be important for the College Board and the US Government to check for any loopholes that could potentially make Singer's actions legal, and reiterate with explicit rules saying everything that was done in this case was a result of fraud. By humiliating everyone involved in this case, it could deter others from committing similar crimes.

The most important part of all of this is that anybody should be able to go to whatever college they want IF they have the qualifications and are motivated. As a society, we need to start better focusing on those who do not have the means to afford college, but are qualified and want to go, instead of perpetuating this cycle of the wealthy buying their way into top universities and taking spots away from those who deserve them.

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