To All Of The Stressed High School Seniors Out There

To All Of The Stressed High School Seniors Out There

I know I'm not your guidance counselor, but here are some pieces of advice.

Congrats! You’re approximately halfway done with your senior year. I know the past four months probably went by painfully slowly, between college applications, the September ACT, school work, and sports.

I think you’re done with the harder part of the school year because now you just have to wait and wait and wait to hear from colleges. And this is tedious. I get it. But, here are five pieces of advice for you, from me, someone who was "in your boat" exactly a year ago.

1. Focus on your acceptances, not your friends' or classmates' acceptances

Some schools’ acceptances come out earlier than others, but don’t let that “scare” you. Your friends may commit to college before you, which is OK. Just wait it out. You'll feel like your whole grade knows where they're going by February. Trust me, it's not true.

2. Do not ask your classmates about specific college acceptances

As soon as you ask, you may regret it. I've done it and it only took one time. "Hey, did you hear from X University? I saw on Facebook that people heard today!" You may get a look or "I didn't get in." You’ll feel like a jerk if they say they didn't get into a school that you did. Just focus on yourself and this problem can easily be avoided.

3. Stay on top of your school work and grades

I know senioritis is a real thing, but you still have about five months left of school! If you’re deferred or waitlisted to a school they’re going to ask for your transcript. They really do. The time to slack off a little is once you’ve committed to a school…not before.

4. If you have the opportunity to stay at a college you’re interested in, with someone who goes there, take it

Going on a college tour with your parents compared to staying in a dorm room are two very different experiences. See what it's really like, without the "sales pitch."

5. Although it may feel like there is only one school in the entire world for you, it's not true

Be proud of yourself and know that you'll be happy at more than one school. Most college freshmen are happy where they land. Be open-minded. There really are pros and cons of every school.

Good luck and remember…you’re so close to the finish line. Happy second semester of senior year!

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If South Carolina Colleges Were Characters From 'The Office'

Who's Jim and who's Meredith?

"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.


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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