To The Teachers That Made Me Who I Am Today, Thank You

To The Teachers That Made Me Who I Am Today, Thank You

To the most under-appreciated people I know.


For as long as I can remember, I have loved everything about school. I've always had a deep love for learning. As a very shy child, the classroom was my safe space, the space where I thrived. I have always found the most comfort in being mentally challenged.

To all of you, not only did you push me out of my comfort zone, you helped shape me into the person I am today. I think of each of you often. So, thank you for believing in me.

Mrs. Ceiply 

Mrs. Ceiply, you taught me what it meant to think critically. As a second grader in your "Gifted and Talented" class, I first fell in love with learning. It was in your class that I first learned how to research; it is where I learned how to question what I knew as truth. For 4 years you took me under your wing and challenged me every day for all those years. I know you've been gone for several years now, but know that your legacy lives on.

Mrs. Hodge 

To this day, I will argue that your classes were harder than some classes I've taken in both high school and college. In middle school, like many, I was extremely confused about who I was. These insecurities made me timid and for that many people chose to write me off, but you never did. Through learning about WWII and the Holocaust you taught me empathy and compassion. You taught me to value those whose voices are silenced. These are characteristics I continue to hold close to me. I am so thankful that our friendship has continued throughout all these years.

Miss Schweizer (Kelley)

To this day, my favorite piece of literature is "The Yellow Wallpaper" that you introduced my 7th-grade class. I often reference this work in my college courses. Although I didn't know it at the time, you and this short story sparked my feminist thinking and lens. You provided me with an entirely new way of thinking about the treatment of women and mental illness.

Mr. Murphey

In high school, you were a rock for not just me, but many students. Yes, you were our choir director, but you have also served as a dear friend. You taught us respect, discipline, and humility; all qualities that are essential. In high school, I experienced many difficult days, but your class consistently made my days better. It is difficult to find words for how much I appreciate you, but know that the respect I have for you as a teacher and person is endless.

Dr. Carter 

Dr. Carter- you are single-handedly one of the most BA people I know. Having you as a professor during my first semester of college was the best thing to happen during my academic career. You provided a safe space, a space where I learned it was more than okay to openly identify as a feminist. Before your class I was going down a career path was not true to my passions. You gave me the courage to change my major to a field that many discredit, but in my studies, I am now thriving. Thank you for helping me find my voice. Thank you for helping me find my purpose.

Dr. Moore

While each class I have taken with you has been exceptional, it is you as a person that I more thankful for. It really is strange how many aspects of our lives are similar. I haven't told you this, but knowing that you have persevered through difficulties in your life has given me the will to do the same. I think the world knew what it was doing when it made our paths cross. Thank you for reminding me it is okay to hurt, it is okay to mourn those that still walk the earth, and that it is okay to be vulnerable. Thank you for being an incredible professor and friend.

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Finals Week As Explained By Chandler Bing

"All right, I took the final. And it turns out I do put Netflix before studying."

It’s officially finals week . That's right, it's that time of year again. You begin to question your decision of going to college and have found a new home inside of the library (which some of you may have had no idea it existed before finals week). Every student can relate to the large amount of stress that comes along with finals week and it seems like the whole campus has turned into zombies. Coffee (and nothing but coffee) is the only thing keeping you moving at this point. Chandler Bing can relate far too well, but luckily he adds some humor to this otherwise disastrous week and I hope you find comfort in the fact that there are thousands of others are out there suffering along with you, I know I do. That makes my mental breakdown all the more justifiable and we all know a breakdown is inevitable. Here are some laughs that are all too relatable but will (hopefully) brighten your spirits!

1. When you have three exams to study for, two presentations and one paper to finish

So much to do in so little time.

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2. When you haven't moved from the same spot in the library at all

That awkward moment when your butt is actually so sore from sitting too long...been there done that.

3. You want to eat anything and everything, both out of stress and sleep deprivation

They call it comfort food for a reason.

4. And you actually fall asleep while attempting to study (but hopefully not during your final)

Because your body just cannot take being awake any longer. But you really wanna pass the class not pass out.

5. Trying to make the word count on your final paper

Must make that page limit. Must get every ounce of information on there. But. Don't lie, we all do it.

6. When your professor tells you that your final is cumulative

Can't take in that much information. NOPE!

7. When you receive your exam and suddenly get into the holiday spirit

Nothing says "happy holidays" like lengthy 2-hour exams that sucks out your soul.

8. The more you study, the more you question why you’re in college at all

Your major becomes too much because of the work. From science to music to education to nursing. The stress is bringing you down. We've all been there.

9. And then you start to question EVERYTHING

Because logic isn't simply going to help you pass your class.

10. You don’t want to hear how all your friends are done Monday when you have to stay until Thursday

Please tell me how easy your week is because you only have 2 finals as opposed to my 5 finals.

11. When other people say they have fewer or easier finals than you

I envy all of you!

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12. When someone tells you that you've been watching too much Netflix and tries to get you to stop and you're like

You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. No you do not.

13. When you finally walk out of your last test for the year, you feel like you can conquer anything

Well, almost anything.

14. That feeling when you not only passed the final, but you passed the class as well. After all those hours of studying and stress.

Okay, now you can conquer anything. But first, get some sleep.

Let's face it, we're all Chandler Bing and Chandler Bing is us. Finals week is here my friends and I wish you all the best of luck! We need it. We really do need it.

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12 Things Every College Girl Thinks While Watching Insta Stories INSTEAD Of Studying For Finals

Might as well procrastinate in a different way this semester!


Time to study or better yet time to procrastinate and watch all the Instagram stories possible until the clock reaches midnight and you realize you have not gotten one thing done. We've all been there tapping through Instagram stories when we have had one of these thoughts that made us question why we continue to watch insta stories.

I can't tap fast enough

Sometimes there are just too many stories and not enough time.

No one cares what overplayed song you're listening to 

Seriously, stop we've all heard the song.

Why is this so long?

Why is your entire day videoed on your story?? Do you ever put your phone down?

What are they wearing??

We've all seen people wearing some questionable outfits on insta stories.

No one wants to ask you questions

Please stop posting your questions, just dm them privately to answer them.

What is the relevance of this caption?

Some captions just aren't meant for some images.

You're rich and popular we get it 

Stop flaunting your money or popularity we get it already.

Aww that's cute

Every dog and baby pic ever.

Stop reminding me of how single I am 

We don't need to be reminded of your engagement or boyfriend every 30 seconds, you love each other we know so stop posting it all the time.

No one cares about some strangers birthday Becky 

Posting a pic or 2 for your friends birthday but 10, come on really Becky?

No one cares about your sponsors 

Seriously stop trying to get us to buy stuff, we're broke.

It's game day, we get it 

We know it is game day, it's kind of a national thing, we don't need constant reminders.

So when will we learn to stop watching stories and put our phones down for some time?

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