To The Teachers That Inspired Me To Want To Be A Teacher, Thank You

To The Teachers That Inspired Me To Want To Be A Teacher, Thank You

Thank you to all of you that have inspired, helped, and pushed me.
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This one is for the teachers that inspired me to want to become a teacher. From elementary school to college I have met a range of teachers and professors that have inspired me to want to become a teacher and this my thank you to all of you.

Thank you to the teachers that asked me how my day was going and could tell when something was wrong. It is because of you I know how good that makes a student feel.

Thank you to the teachers that always continued to push me and make me reach for something bigger. It is because of you I am pursuing this degree and I want to push students to their fullest potential.

Thank you to the teachers that listened to my problems whether it was with school, friends, or work. It is because of you I know I should listen to my future students and their concerns and I know that each student needs some type of outlet to let things out.

Thank you to the teachers that didn't give me easy A's, to the ones that make their classes tough. It is because of you I know how to overcome some type of struggle, it is because of you I know how to study harder.

Thank you to the teachers that would help me with other subjects that weren't their own. It is because of you I know I can ask for help from other people when I need it, it is because of you I know teachers care even when it is not their area.

Thank you to the teachers that remembered me even years later after I had left. It is because of you I can't wait to see students many years after they have left and see how well they are doing.

Thank you to the teachers that have inspired me to continue learning. It is because of you I hope one day I will make the same impact on different groups of students.

Thank you for inspiring me to be a better me.

Thank you for inspiring me to want to become a teacher.

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Humanities Are Just As Important As STEM

Humanities matter.
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Growing up in the Bay Area in addition to being the daughter of Indian immigrants, I understand the effect that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has on us. I’m born and raised in the Silicon Valley, home of so many tech companies and where girls are heavily encouraged to get involved with STEM.

"It’s supposed to make a lot of money," they say. I understand that while money is a very crucial factor in being successful, we often forget that there are so many majors and jobs for non-STEM majors out there. In the Indian community, we’re often asked, “So what type of engineering are you majoring in?” as if we’re not allowed to do anything else.

God forbid we choose to even major in business. I’ve heard comments such as, “What kind of business can you even learn in undergrad? It’s useless!”

I’ll admit, I’ve heard comments like that from my parents as well. They always question why I take humanities classes or put in so much effort and work into them. They expect that these classes are an easy A and don’t require as much work as my technical classes for my major, computer science.

This is the complete opposite. Every class is difficult in its own way and by being a STEM major, it can even make humanities classes harder for me as they are not my forte.

Humanities matter.

They help us build skills such as critical reading, writing, and communication, which are important in ANY field we choose to enter. They teach us critical thinking and reasoning and help us become informed citizens. They encourage us to think creatively and develop genuine connections with those around us.

While STEM classes definitely teach us how to think critically, they definitely do not teach us how to develop connections and communication skills with those around us, or at least not to the extent that humanities classes do. It is vital that we have both in our lives and we cannot dismiss humanities as less trivial than STEM, no matter what the salary might be when exiting college.

I am a political science minor, and even though it has the word “science” in it, it is definitely not considered a STEM class. Political science has taught me so much and while people always seem to be confused why I’m studying two completely different fields, political science and computer science together have given me the ability to advance my education.

Political science has informed me so much about what is happening around us. It is imperative that we know what is going on in our lives.

We can’t be sitting on our computers, just coding all day. We need a balance of both. Analyzing court cases and briefs, as well as hypothetical cases, is sort of like debugging. You think you got your code right, but in fact, there probably is a mistake and an alternate solution to it. You have to look at it over and over again, stare at it until you fix it. I love how political science and computer science are interconnected even though they seem like they are on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Humanities matter. Just as much as STEM. I cannot stress that enough.

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The Series Of Emotions You Feel During Finals Week, Explained In Detail By 'Jersey Shore'

An accurate representation of typical college students feelings during finals week.
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In honor of the legendary return of "Jersey Shore" and the fast approach of death week (AKA finals week), here is an accurate representation of the 9 of emotions every college student feels while prepping for exams. And for all of those who are still in the depression of missing DJ Pauly D being on campus… this one’s for you.

Emotion # 1: Procrastination

“Let’s get wastey-pants” - Snooki

Emotion # 2: Acceptance to start studying

“Hell has to be just like this.” - Vinny

Emotion #3: Struggling to understand the material

“I mean I know I’m not the brightest crayon in the box, but this isn’t rocket science." - Deena

Emotion # 4: Getting distracted and staring off into space thinking deeply about something totally unrelated to the subject your studying for

“I’m like, a pretty deep dude.” - The Situation

Emotion #5: Debating dropping out of college

“People should go to school at a bar.” - Deena

Emotion #6: Finally understanding the material

“Yeahhhh buddy” - Pauly D

Emotion #7: Realizing you were lying to yourself & don't understand it at all

"One step forward, two steps back." - Ronnie

Emotion #8: Nervousness to take the test

“I’m gonna turd in my pants” - Snooki

Emotion #9: Acceptance of potential failure

“Let’s do it!” - The Situation

The aftermath…

“I’m sorry I punched you in the face” - Sammi

... Also your exam

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