The 8 Stages Of A Holy Cross Student During Enrollment

The 8 Stages Of A Holy Cross Student During Enrollment

Yes, it's the worst day of the semester.

Enrollment at Holy Cross usually ends up being the the most stressful day of the semester. Each semester the Dean sends out emailing just building up the entire enrollment process. If you're like me, you spend a good amount of time mapping out your perfect schedule and your perfect back up schedule. I always think enrollment will work out for me, and it never does. I have never gotten all four classes I have wanted, I know I'm only a freshmen and I haven't been through that many enrollments but I am thinking that my future enrollments probably won't go as planned either. I have no hope.

Enrollment also becomes particularly stressful when you find out the night before that you still have an enrollment hold on your account, even though you've had your advisor meeting. And then it doesn't get taken off until 15 minutes before you have to click the "enroll" button. Then when you finally get to click the button at 7:00 on the dot, your computer doesn't load and then you end up getting half the classes you want and then picking two random ones that you know nothing about just to fill the void. I think it's safe to say you can divide your thoughts about enrollment into stages, and I have provided witty gifs to illustrate them for you. You're welcome.

Stage 1: This stage happens a few weeks before the actual enrollment date, and this occurs when your Dean sends you a lovely four-page email about your future classes. Side effects of this stage include: minor break down about your future, nausea and maybe a few panic attacks. I like to call this the "OMFG I NEED TO PLAN MY FUTURE RIGHT NOW BEFORE I BECOME A FAILURE" stage.

Stage 2: This stage happens after you have planned your entire schedule and you're at peace with your life because you feel like everything is falling into place. This is the stage when you feel like everything is going to be okay. Side effects of this stage are minor, maybe a few moments of doubts but nothing too serious. I like to call this stage "The Calm Before the Storm."

Stage 3: This stage happens a few days before enrollment when you realize you forgot to put a ton of backups in your backpack, and now you have to frantically plan an entirely new schedule that will never be as good as the original. Side effects include: sadness when thinking about the possibility of having to use this schedule, panic and anxiety will begin to settle in when thinking about the inevitable. I like to call this stage "The FML Stage."

Stage 4: This stage occurs the night before when all you can think about is not getting into any of your classes and how your life will, therefore, be over and your future is dead. You also set 10 different alarms to wake yourself before 7:00 a.m. to make sure you don't miss it. Side effects: lack of sleep, bad dreams, and increased appetite. I like to call this stage the "Not So Calm Before the Storm" stage.

Stage 5: This stage occurs when you wake up on the morning enrollment and all you wanna do is go back to sleep. You don't want to face your STAR system and you don't just don't want enrollment to happen, and you start lowering your expectations for the outcome of this day at this point. Side effects: denial and exhaustion. I like to call this stage the "I Just Don't Want to Do This" stage.

Stage 6: This stage occurs when you're just sitting at your computer watching the clock. You're basically just a sitting duck at this point. Side effects: sweaty palms, restlessness, and the a slight urge to cry. I like to call this stage the "Sitting Duck."

Stage 7: Stage 7 only happens for some and this happens after the "enroll" button has been clicked, and you don't get any of your classes. Side effects: lots of crying, heaving and the occasional mental breakdown. This stage is called "The World Hates Me" stage.

Stage 8: "Acceptance". You decide not to care anymore and to ignore the fact that you have the worst schedule in the entire world.

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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.


I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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