8 Things All Students Wish Teachers Would Do MORE

8 Things All Students Wish Teachers Would Do MORE

Making sense, Bringing us snacks, and Canceling Exams are only the tip of the iceberg

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In my physics class in high school, I always appreciated my frizzy, black-haired teacher letting us chat at our four-person tables for fifteen minutes about how our day has been going, or to check our homework last minute before turning it in.

In English, my teacher encouraged us to bring snacks for ourselves because we had class during lunchtime. In history, we would visit shrines of different religious places and interview people to help us be more culturally competent.

In Spanish class, we would catch a beanie baby bull that was red and named Raúl before answering a question about vocabulary.

But that was then (high school), and this is now (college).

The best traits a teacher has are kindness, compassion, and creativity. But the following ideas are things we have all prayed teachers would do more (especially college students):

1. Cancel that exam, honey boo-boo

We just want to help you, dear teacher, not have to grade more stuff. I can only imagine how tedious that is.

2. Bring us a snack, especially if it is a Wednesday

Students like sugar bribes... I mean, sugary treats. Yes, we like them, please give us some. Plus, Wednesdays are the middle of the week and the weekend seems so far away... so help us stay positive!

3. Help us laugh

Make us laugh! Help your students laugh, because if we are going a whole day without laughter, then we are in critical condition. I believe in you. Tell us your own embarrassing stories, that usually gets me going, even when I'm feeling more sullen and downtrodden.

4. Make sense

If we are sitting in class, we hope to get something valuable from you. Make sure even if you have a doctorate degree that you bring it to our level, whether we are at a "101 Intro Course" or "504 Almost Experts" level.

5. ALWAYS create a study guide for us 

When teachers give us guidance for a test, we get excited (view the image above) cuz we have an idea of what to do now!

6. Tell us if we honestly need to buy the textbook or not

You were once us, teachers. Let us know if we can save any sort of money for our late night runs to Taco-Bell and Wendy's for tacos or frosties before that killer exam you prepared for us... or save for that new car we want (some of us are responsible with money).

7. Get us talking

Students love talking about stuff they actually wanna discuss, whether its politics, to that new deal at Hobby Lobby, or that crazy event that happened in the most popular dorm on campus. Help students connect with each other. We need to do it, its vital for us to make healthy connections with other humans instead of having our Alexa's, Siri's, and anything other computer device being our best companions.

8. Be foolishly in love with being our teacher

Show us what it means to love learning again, because some of us have forgotten the joys of being surprised by our amazing world.


My dear teachers, your students wish you would do these things more. We're relying on you to be our role models, to inspire, to engage with us, and to send us out as better people than the ones we entered your classroom as. We can always improve - help us feel comfortable doing so while having fun.

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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.

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Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"

Literally.

15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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Somehow, I Ended Up With The Best Roommate Known To Man

I've truly been blessed.

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College can be a very stressful experience to prepare for. From orientation to selecting your classes for the semester, your responsibilities quickly pile up. On top of all that, you also have to find somebody who you will be sharing a room with for your first year of college.

After not sharing a room with my sister for several years, I was worried about going back to splitting a living space with someone else. Immediately after I finished submitting my application to finalize my commitment to Temple, the stress of finding a roommate sunk in. Rooms in the residential hall I wanted were filling up quickly, and I still didn't have a roommate.

I was trying to find a roommate, but everybody seemed to already have their living situation figured out. However, one day, I received a message from a girl named Tori. Little did I know, she would become my best friend. I saw her profile prior to on RoomSync, an app for finding roommates, so I was really excited when she messaged me.

We didn't meet until move-in day, which made me a little bit anxious, but right from the start, everything clicked. We have lots of similar interests and living standards. Even though our majors are totally different, hers being biology and mine is English, that didn't stop us from being friends and enjoy spending time with one another.

In just the first weekend, Tori discovered that I hadn't seen a lot of movies that I should have seen growing up. From that point on, she created a list of various movies, and every weekend we watched at least one movie together. I don't think she has shown me a movie that I haven't liked yet, and I'm so glad that we started this tradition.

On top of movies, Tori has also expanded my music taste, which is a very hard thing to do. I couldn't be happier that she introduced me to Dean Lewis and Noah Kahan and then persuaded me to go to their concert in October with her. In general, she has got me more into music and is increasing my knowledge about music overall.

As well as going to a concert together, we also recently went to see my favorite Youtubers when they came to Philly. When we found out that Cody Ko and Noel Miller were going on a comedy tour and coming to our city, we immediately planned to buy tickets. It was a night full of laughs, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with her.

Tori Ploesch

Having a random roommate who is also your best friend is rare. I've heard a lot of horror stories about random roommates, but I honestly can't picture not being friends with Tori. Along with being an amazing roommate, she is incredibly selfless and caring. Her focus is always on helping people, and I admire her for all the hard work she puts into everything she does.

Being surrounded by people in the College of Science and Technology, I know it isn't easy. Because I have a strong dislike of science, I give major props to Tori and her friends in CST. I'm so happy she is studying something she's truly passionate about and will love doing in her future career. Whenever I meet people that want to pursue a career in science or the medical field, I immediately give them immense credit. It's extremely difficult to take that career path, and I'm already excited for Tori and her ultimate success.

College is a time for making new friends that will last even after you stop going to school together. Even though I'm only in my second semester, I know I can trust Tori with anything, and she'll be there for me when I need her. I also know that she'll be 100% honest with me when I need guidance or advice.

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to Tori for messaging me to room with her. My college experience has been incredibly positive thus far because she has been with me through it all. I'm extremely grateful for the way things worked out because I couldn't have asked for a kinder roomie.

Thank you, Tori, for not just being an incredible person and roommate, but my best friend as well.

P.S. I can't wait to bake with you in our apartment together next semester!

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