Is anyone else feeling this way?
After being home for a month now, I have been feeling a different bunch of things.
Is anyone else feeling this way?
After being home for a month now, I have been feeling a different bunch of things.
This may be the most memorable and most tiring thing you'll ever have achieved.
Two of my best friends and I started SLAM uniVERSE quite recently. We get so much praise and recognition for all that we have done to get it started. However, that doesn't mean we encountered some difficulties along the way. Here are some things we learned throughout the process.
Most schools require you have two other people who are willing to sign on your behalf when starting an organization. First of all, you want to make sure these people are reliable, cooperative, and passionate about the cause you're starting. It helps if you've known these people before!
Figure out each other's strengths and shortcomings. Learn each other's pet peeves and favorite ice cream flavors! A well-bonded team is morel likely to communicate and keep each other accountable in the future.
Don't expect your team or yourself to have everything figured out like older clubs. Remember, older clubs already have an established system. You don't! And that's okay! The best way to learn is from those who have succeeded. Who says you can't pick up a couple tricks and tips for them?
One fo your biggest fears may be that nobody will sign up or show up for your club meetings and such. This is highly unlikely if you've done all that you can to promote your club. Big campuses have different minded people, but also a lot of likeminded people. I'v seen clubs that range from Yug-gi-oh trading to League of Legends, Anything is possible.
This cat is trying to do everything by themselves which is why the cat is STRESSED. Don't be afraid to assign people roles in the making of the club.
You will make mistakes. Things will not turn out as well as you want it to. That's okay!
Engage in every possible group that your University is related or connected to especially on Facebook and Instagram! Let's face it, flyering isn't the best way to do things anymore. Social media is making things so much easier to get the word out. Utilize it !
I know what you're thinking, "Who reads the newspaper anyways?"
Listen, making it on the paper is exciting! It's one of the easiest ways to gain access to a media outlet that is directly connected to your school and therefore to the students.
If Max is you whenever you have to go out of your way to do something for the club, then rethink your investment in this club. Remember, you're putting your time and heart into this! You want to make sure you enjoy the cause and process. Don't just do it for the resume.
Established clubs are a great way to find new members and start collaborations to get your name out there! Counselors send mass emails to thousands of students everyday!
In a relationship with someone this winter, but come spring time you're done-zo?
While a winter-time romance seems ideal to some, it's truly the opposite. People are more susceptible to jump into relationships because it's cold, a magical time of year, and the need to feel less lonely in the chillier months.
Here are a few telltale signs that you may be doomed by spring.
You've never been to Kirkland's, so why are they taking you? You just met a month ago and have seen each other every day since. You're suddenly picking out Christmas decorations for your "partner's" apartment and they're talking about taking you home for Christmas. How the hell did you get here?
You've found yourself staying in, rather than going out and looking to meet people. Half the time you're in, you're probably with your sudden significant other watching Netflix. Nothing super exciting going on, if you know what I mean.
Even your friends are confused. They don't know how this happened, or how you two even met for that matter. But, they're all getting along like they were meant to all along.
Somehow, you start to miss the sudden whirlwind romance that you had. You haven't talked in days, and it feels like you're growing distant. You actually started enjoying their company, and you start wondering what you did wrong.
The person their with doesn't look like you. They're looking all cuddly and happy, and you start thinking you should do the same. But, you never really got your closure, so how can you?
Whether they call you, you call them, or you physically meet, you finally reach the final chapter in your short book. You realize that it wasn't much of a relationship. Nothing was really... real. It was just a convenient relationship, and you both decide to leave as unlikely friends.
It's normal to get wrapped up in the wonders of a winter relationship. However, take this as a warning to stay strong and find someone out of interest, rather than convenience. Sure, the winter months get cold, but blankets keep you just as warm.
Hope you find love in the best of places.
No one likes to be a part of the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" club.
Your senior year of college is going to be a blur.
Regardless of who you are, or what your major is, this year is going to fly by. Soon, you'll be all done and people will be talking about fall semester starting back up and you'll be confused because all of a sudden... you don't have to register for classes. You no longer have to deal with financial aid. You can no longer use the gym on campus. Your ID card becomes nothing but a memory. Although the feeling is nostalgic and a bit overwhelming, I have a feeling you're going to be just fine. Before we start getting anxious over what is soon to be we should focus on the present. Think of some things you want to have done or accomplished by the time you say "I am a college graduate."
If you need some help thinking of ideas, here are 8 things I think you should do before you buy that cap and gown.
This is the last chance you have to sit in the student section, for free might I add, and cheer on your team. There is no reason to miss out. Go out, have fun, and don't be scared to show some school spirit!
It's the last time you're going to have a "free" gym membership. Don't miss out on that!
When you end up in the real world and it's time to apply for jobs and internships you're going to need some references. These references are by no means easy to find and it truly helps if you take the time to show a professor that you're dedicated and ambitious in your future endeavors.
When you graduate and all of your friends go their separate ways you are going to want some memories from college to look back on. Of course, you are going to have memories, but these late nights together with your closest friends are going to be what binds you together later on when life gets in the way.
Whether it's part of your major or not, having the skills to compose and flawless resume and cover letter is truly a necessity.
If someone wronged you, okay. If someone called you mean names, okay. If someone just decided out of the clear blue that they no longer wanted to be your friend, okay. The people that are good in your life, the people that bring positivity, are the ones that matter. Those are the people you will remember and stick around for so why spend time worrying on the negative people of the past? Let those who doubt you, encourage you to be a better version of yourself. Let those who are mean to you, motivate you to be nicer to others. Wish a happy ending on those who choose to push you out of their life. Forgive them because there is just no good reason to hold a grudge.
Be someone who you want others to remember you by. Join a club, play some intramural sports, or be the friend you want to be remembered by.
Don't forget to hit up that frat part or go downtown on a Friday. So soon there won't be time for it. No one is stopping you but yourself.
From grading homework to dealing with parents, you wouldn't normally associate "fun" with "teaching," but it's got a handful of fun, unique benefits.
As I inch closer and closer to becoming a teacher myself, I can't help but think of all the new and exciting things that await me, and maybe you, too!
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I'm sure we've all seen a myriad of classrooms by now. Some teachers are very simplistic, opting in to do less clean-up come the end of the year, while others go all out with posters, pictures, paintings, and so much more. Your own classroom means your own rules (mostly). You can choose how elaborate or minimalist your classroom is. You can have a thematic room than never changes, or one that changes with the seasons. Whatever you do, it's an expression of yourself. It's the first thing students, parents, and your fellow staff will see about you.
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Reading might not sound even remotely fun to most people, but I'm becoming a high school English teacher. There is nothing more exhilarating than a good read. What really excites me about reading students' work is the fact that they can be so many things. They can be an unbelievably good paper, they can be comically bad, they could be very personal, or very entertaining. Seeing how your students write and what they write about help display a very personal part of who they are. How we write stems from how we think. Unless we're playing devil's advocate, we're going to write naturally, candidly.
Furthermore, you'd be able to see your students' progresses throughout the year. You'd see simple mistakes disappear, and hopefully simplistic and underdeveloped ideas slowly blossom into well-crafted writings.
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Providing you don't go into early education or elementary education, then you're looking at four plus years of studying your favorite subject. It's kind of like the old saying, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
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I'm sure we've all had an experience or two with a teacher that just came across as power hungry. They had numerous rules and strictly enforced them. Luckily, in your own classroom you can choose whether you want to be the good cop or the bad cop. Aside from school mandated rules, you'd have a full reign over things like bubble gum, music, chatting, bathroom breaks, and so on. You can choose to be strict and studious or comical and carefree. Ultimately, it's your sandbox. Throughout the years you can change it up until you find what works for you the best.
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Teaching is special. Knowledge is the least appreciated gift, but even if no one says thank you, you can still see the affect it has on them. You can see them grow into better, smarter people. You can watch Jimmy from 3rd block go from never using apostrophes, to mastering semicolons. Being a crucial and influential part of the process is a truly indescribably good feeling.
This is childish, but one thing I'm looking forward to a bit is being in the "know". In high school, there are so many whispers exchanged between teachers. The curiosity killed me a student, so hopefully, as a teacher I won't be left in the dark about everything.
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While not all subjects are compatible with academic games, most are. It's a nice break of routine, not to mention it's a great way to reignite student's interests in the curriculum. (Especially when there's treats involved, which is both sad and endearing.) From Grudge-ball to Jeopardy to Kahoot, there are a lot of ways to review information with your students. Being the teacher means you determine what games (and what rules!) are played within your classroom.
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As a student, my peers scared me. Either they weren't apart of my clique, or they just didn't care about grades. I was fearful of group assignments, having to rely on mostly strangers to ensure an adequate grade. With the fear of grades out of the equation, I've found that students aren't even remotely scary. They're fascinating. You can actually get to know and understand them now that you don't have your own thesis to write. Maybe that's just me.
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Sometimes class can be tense, boring, or just too quiet sometimes. A good, appropriate joke at the right time can really raise morale and lighten the mood. With each year bringing new students, I'm sure any teacher can accumulate a boatload of funny, interesting, strange, what have you, stories and jokes. Each inside joke or story would contain within it the memory of each class. I think exchanging jokes and stories is a great way to break the ice between students, and can really help wake people up without making them do laps around the room. Really, it's flawless, providing you can keep everyone on track, that is!
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From the radio, to the aux cord, to whatever Pandora station your heart fancies, we all love being in control of whatever music is playing. We love seeing others enjoy it, but more than anything, we love listening to it. Even know, two years shy of my degree, I'm coming up with an appropriate classroom playlist. Thus far, it is full of Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4 sound tracks, with a hodgepodge of oldies and classic rock thrown in there. Whether they love it or hate it I know at least one person will thoroughly enjoy it.
While teaching certainly has a lot of downs, it most certainly has a lot of ups, too. It's not for everyone, but hey, aside from breathing air, what is?