Why You Should Take College Courses That Make An Impact

Make Use Of Your Academic Career By Investing In Classes That Will Make A Real Impact

We end up dedicating a huge portion of our own lives into most of the classes we take and in a sense the classes end up assembling our existence.

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Life is all about moving on and always keeping your blinkers on. We as humans should always be immune to changes of any type. Changes can be either positive or negative depending on the situation. This week is the last week of classes before finals start and I'm starting to find myself feeling bittersweet about drifting apart from my classes. I always find myself enjoying most of my classes (except one or two sometimes).

The few months that we spend in a semester learning about a totally innovative topic becomes such a constant part of our lives. Starting with attending lectures, listening to professors and fellow classmates talk, preparing for exams (which are not everyone's jam), writing essays, etc. end up becoming the social norm for us. Not having to attend these same classes that we have included as part of our everyday routine leaves me with subtle clouds of nostalgia. As a matter of fact, I'm still trying to digest the bittersweet truth of having to move on from my current courses and having to prepare for the next semester. We end up dedicating a huge portion of our own lives into most of the classes we take and in a sense, the classes end up assembling our existence.

Change is inevitable and life is geared towards the future. The moments that we spend working or performing something that we ardently love and care about are really hard to forget at times. For instance, learning about advanced reporting techniques in my journalism class while hearing true and emotional stories about fellow classmates is undoubtedly unforgettable.

One of the most valuable lessons I've learned from my professor this semester is to always have empathy for others. Without empathy, we will never become a magnanimous human being. Indeed, empathy enables us to connect with others on a more personal level along with forming a close-knit bond with the world. Before becoming notable for your work, it is of utmost importance that you first become a better human being. In reality, our primary identity is derived from the person that we are and then our secondary identity arises based on our potential career. Moreover, the past should be something to reminisce during your free time and be the roadmap towards your future. You should plan on learning from it without letting it consume your present and future.

As I'm writing, a myriad of memories and wisdom gained from my professors and classmates are ringing through my heart and mind. I'm unable to come to terms with the idea of not having classes next week because I have wholeheartedly dedicated myself to the active process of learning. But, I strongly hope that time is the best healer of pain and that once I embrace my new classes next semester, I'll start feeling much more relaxed and enthusiastic. Sometimes, it is worthwhile to remain in a class only for a brief period of time because the freshness will always remain intact on your mind. In other words, the less time you experience something, the more impactful that experience will end up becoming!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...

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I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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