To The Students Struggling In College

To The Students Struggling In College

Never stop believing in yourself.
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I know it is hard. I know you feel like people don't understand. School is tough, especially college. People try to prepare you for college, but you are never as prepared as you should be. There are more bumps in the road than people told you about and now you don't know what to do. It seems like your counselor doesn't help and your professors don't seem to care whether you pass or fail their classes. You study all the time yet don't get the grades you want on your exams and sitting there looking at your grade for a class gives you the feeling of giving up. I am here to tell you that you are not alone.

Here is my story. I am a second-semester junior majoring in Forensic Science. Well. . . I was majoring in Forensic Science. Last week, I made the decision to switch my major because of one class. You Forensics majors already know what class I'm talking about. Organic Chemistry. That class was absolutely the hardest class I have ever attempted to take in my life.

The worst part is that this was my second time taking it. The first time, I withdrew from it because I would rather take a "W" than an "F" because my grade was passed the point of saving. This semester, I went out and got the help I needed. I got a tutor, I went to the professor, I formed study groups. Nothing helped and my grade is just as bad as it was the first time I attempted it.

I was so stressed that I kept getting sick, I stopped eating. This class made me so depressed that I couldn't get out of bed for my other classes. I let this Organic Chemistry class affect me in so many ways that were not healthy and I finally said, "enough is enough". Forensics has always been my passion, but obviously the major was not meant for me.

So, with that being said, I switched my major to Behavioral Health Science and the good news is that I still can do what I am passionate about and I am still going to graduate on time! A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel the best I have in weeks.

The moral of my story is to let you know not to give up. I debated just dropping out of school; I almost did drop out of school because if I couldn't be a Forensics major, I didn't want to major at all. However, you need to do what is best for you. If you are struggling and it is affecting your mindset and lifelike O-chem did to me, then it is time for a change. You may not want to change your major, but maybe you need to. Do the research; see what majors are similar to yours and if you are interested in it, then go for it!

Everyone struggles in school. Some people struggle more than others and that is okay! Either way, you are not alone! Do not give up, do not feel like you are dumb or unintelligent, do not start to feel unmotivated or unhappy. Surround yourself with people who care, or who are in the same position as you.

Then, you will notice that you are not alone. Then, you will notice that anything is possible. If you have to switch majors, do it because nothing matters more than your happiness and mental health.

You may not see it now, but getting rid of the class(es) that is(are) making you struggle, will be a blessing in disguise for you.

To the person struggling in college:

You are worth it and you are not alone. Keep going and never give up!

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

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Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

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There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

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