What Teaching Swim Lessons Has Done For Me

What Teaching Swim Lessons Has Done For Me

A Rewarding Experience
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When I started teaching swim lessons I had no idea the impact it would have on me. I began teaching swim lessons my senior year of high school; I thought it was a good fit for me because I had been a swimmer most of my life and had also worked as a lifeguard prior. What I didn’t think was that it would change my life like it did, or how it helped me grow so immensely as a person.

Before teaching swim lessons I sort-of liked kids, and I definitely never thought that my favorite part of the job would be the kiddos I worked with. When I first began teaching I found the job entirely overwhelming; there was so much you had to know and so much that was expected of you. The job was stressful, but I found that experience was the key to success with the job. All it took was becoming confident in my teaching abilities and perfecting my “mom voice” to get the kids to listen and respect me.

Once I found my rhythm and figured out what techniques worked best to teach, I really lost myself in the pure enjoyment of what I was doing. The thing about working with kids, and teaching them a lifelong skill, is that it is remarkably rewarding. For me, there was no better feeling then when a kid finally accomplished a skill that we had been working on for a long time. I always felt this overwhelming sense of pride knowing that I did that. I taught this adorable young child something that they will always take with them, not to mention something that will help keep them safe.

The feeling of helping shape and influence a child is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced, and that was not something I expected when I initially took the job. It honestly became more than a job for me, I loved doing it so it never felt like work. Getting to be goofy with the kiddos for a couple hours while teaching them something that I myself loved to do was an incredible “job” to have.

Another thing: kids are hilarious. They honestly say the most ridiculous things that I then share with all my friends and family at the end of every shift. I knew I loved what I was doing because I could never stop talking about it. I loved spending time with the kinds, I loved teaching something I felt so strongly about, and I loved the feeling that I was doing something with a purpose.

Teaching swim lessons has become something I hold very dear to my heart and I plan to continue to find ways to fit it into my life in some way. It helped me grow and mature, and it helped me realize that I want to work with kids again someday because it is one of the most rewarding things to do. I get choked up thinking about all the kids and parents that have conveyed to me how much they have appreciated and enjoyed my teaching.

The kiddos and their families made every second of the damaged hair, dry skin, and constant smell of chlorine worth it. Teaching swim lessons has taught me so much and has been one of the best experiences of my life. I am so appreciative for something that has been such a positive impact on me. No matter what career path I go down I feel that somehow I will find my way back to teaching because the feeling that it gives me is like no other.

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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Kennesaw State, You've Messed Up The Marietta Campus And We Need To Talk About It

I refuse to stay silent anymore.

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I write for Kennesaw State University and have attended since 2015. In these past years, I have watched some horrifying changes occur to their second campus. Considering that other campus is the one I have lived on since 2015, these changes affect me and my fellow students greatly. Unless you are a STEM major, there a good chance you would never even see this campus, so not many people on the Kennesaw campus know what's going on. Allow me to enlighten you all.

In 2015, Kennesaw State University officially merged with Southern Polytechnic State University. The campus was established in 1948, well before Kennesaw State (which was established in 1963). It was first called The Technical Institute, then Southern Technical Institute, then Southern College of Technology, and finally Southern Polytechnic State University or SPSU for short. The merger was basically due to a desire to save money, but in reality, the students of SPSU have had to watch Kennesaw State suck the life out of the campus for their own gain.

Like I mentioned, I've lived on this campus since 2015 despite my major no longer being on this campus (I used to be a computer science major). However, I've taken a good number of courses here in the past years. One of the biggest things I and my peers noticed pretty quickly is that no professor can actually talk about the merger. If they talk about the merge of the two campuses in bad light, that's grounds for termination. The opinions and voices were taken from our own professors.


One of the class buildings on the Marietta campus upload.wikimedia.org

The campus itself has fallen in disrepair. The university can afford to spend millions on the newly established football team, which just so happened to have been created the year they merged, but can't afford to make sure that the Marietta campus has safe cleaning water. They can afford to replace the flowers on the Marietta campus every 3 to 5 months but can't afford to give students living on campus new water heaters. They can afford millions on transportation, which is taken out of our tuitions, but can't afford more than one or two STEM courses which causes some students to have to wait to graduate. We once had a cool play to get food late at night called Spork that was closed in 2016 with promises to reopen and never did. How is that okay?

When the merge first occurred, the students very quickly realized that this campus was the "red-headed stepchild" of the university. During the first year, Kennesaw campus had lobster in their dining hall while the Marietta campus was on week 4 of stale hot dog buns and french fries. Albeit, the food on this campus has changed but not to the standards the other campus holds up to. One of the larger things peers on the Marietta campus noticed after the merge was the internet.

This is a STEM campus. The Internet is basically what fuels the students to complete their schoolwork to the best of their abilities. The internet for this campus was set to hold around 20,000 students and it was great. Once Kennesaw merged and tried to use that internet for their other campus, the internet would rarely work. It still rarely works. My close friend, a computer science major and former Housing IT worker, was completely enraged by the changes. "The budget for IT varies so much that sometimes people get yelled at for working their actual scheduled hours," he had said. He had also mentioned the issue of the master switch being located only on the Kennesaw Campus, which means that Marietta can't fix internet issues unless they either contact someone on the other campus or go there themselves.

Another good friend of mine, who is an Electrical Engineering major, is also completely blown away. The amount of funding that has been sucked from STEM programs throughout the years is astonishing. Courses were dropped, programs were stopped, and those late promises of new programs never happened. With life being sucked from the campus, students are completely drained and unmotivated anymore. Most have even started to look into transferring out.


The globe outside of the Marietta student center upload.wikimedia.org

Another huge issue is parking. Parking has become ridiculous in so many ways. Marietta campus parking was fine before the merge. Once the merge happened, Kennesaw State did nothing to expand the number of parking spaces on either campus. If you lived on Marietta campus but needed to take a class on Kennesaw campus, the university shoves you into the farthest parking deck on campus and you get to enjoy a 10-15 minute walk to your class. Oh, but don't forget about the 15 minutes to drive there and the extra 10-15 minutes just to find a space.

If you drive a truck, you better not back into a parking space even though it's really difficult to pull into a space without hitting someone. Kennesaw will give you a $10 parking ticket for backing into a space. Is one of your tires just a smidge on the line? You'll get a ticket for that, too. In the past three years, I've watched parking become worse with no warning. Last year, I backed my long bed Chevy truck into spaces every single day. Without warning, they decided this year that you get a ticket. If you want to back in that badly, you can pay to get a Kennesaw State plate for the front of your vehicle. In short, give them more money to safely park, park far away in a space you can actually get into or they'll force you to pay.

Kennesaw State also tries to subtly erase everything about SPSU. In the past three years, I've watched all signs of SPSU erase except for the giant globe that sits outside of the student center. Any green signs were changed to highlighter yellow. Any SPSU paint on the walkways was erased. Even when I walk by tour groups, they never mention SPSU. They make it sound as though they've built this entire campus with their own funding, not that they bought it out. The only remnant is a small shelf of SPSU merchandise that comes and goes in the bookstore on the Marietta campus.

Most people that attend this college have no idea what's happening to the Marietta campus and I cannot sit idly by watching my friends become so frustrated and overwhelmed by how badly it's gotten. There shouldn't be this intense divide between the campuses. We all go to the same university. One campus should not be worse than the other. No student is better than another. We are a community and should take care of each other. Those that don't come to this campus should know what's happening and know that this campus desperately needs helps and needs change. We desperately need to come together as a student body and fix these awful circumstances happening to other students.

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