5 Struggles Of Returning To School After Winter Break

5 Struggles Of Returning To School After Winter Break

"It can only get better from here... right?"

Ah, yes, winter quarter. Nothing like waking out the door for your 9 AM class with a negative ten-degree wind chill running down your back. After being on break for an entire six weeks, it is needless to say that returning to a regimented schedule that does not accommodate staying out until 3 AM and sleeping until noon is quite the game changer.

Not to mention the fact that I took the liberty of opening my schedule for the first time on the morning of January 2nd, ultimately meeting my untimely fate of sitting in a religion class when I should have been studying communications in the building across the street. Forget the coffee, this moment was my morning wake up call. To all of those who had a rough go of it on their first morning back from winter break, this is for you.

1. Wearing layers of clothing only to walk half a block to class

As always, it has been a classic Chicago winter this season, with temperatures ranging from ten degrees down into the negatives. Due to this, one needs every inch of protection from the cold if they are going to attempt to go to class. You break out the puffy jackets, sweatshirts, scarves, and gloves, only to trek a few hundred feet down the street into the nearest building…only to sit in your chair and remove it all because the heat is blasting.

2. Oversleeping for your earliest class

Last quarter, I thought it would be a remarkable idea to schedule all of my classes to begin no earlier than 2 PM. I could stay out as late as I wanted and be in no rush to race to an early morning class. To my dismay, it was anything but remarkable. I found myself feeling sluggish and tired, while constantly angered by the fact that the only option I had left myself with was to pick up night shifts at work, as my mornings had been utterly wasted.

Now that I have chosen to take morning classes, I find myself struggling to wake up in time. I have come to accept the fact that being late will forever be one of my specialties.

3. Trying to remember how you ever stayed awake during a lecture

“We were only gone for six weeks, right? I’ve definitely pulled this off before. Seriously, how hard could it be to avoid getting caught sleeping behind my laptop screen in the back of the classroom?”

4. Receiving course deadlines during syllabus week

Syllabus week, everyone’s favorite week of the year. Just when you think that the only deadline you’ll have to worry about is getting to the party of the night, you get slapped in the face by a paper with a due date of 12 PM on Friday. It’s moments like these where I just love being a college student.

5. Realizing that your professor did, in fact, show up for class on the first day

I am considering myself to be one of the lucky ones when I say that my professor for my first class of the day did not bother to show up that morning. To everyone else, I am so sorry.

On the bright side, at least we survived week one. It can only get better from here... right?

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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