The Day Before The Semester Starts

The Day Before The Semester Starts

The inevitable is upon us.

Another winter break has come and gone. As we begin to mentally groan at the fact that spring semester is starting up, I can’t help but think about how everyone else is preparing for the beginning of the next four months of solid education. A typical day leading up to the spring would probably go something like this:


Here's younger sibling going off to high school (Haha sucker); checks phone and goes back to sleep


Actually wakes up


Go to kitchen to eat…there’s nothing to eat, like always


Dressed, looking around the tornado you call a room


Shove everything into your closet (you won’t see this closet for a while)


Finish all the chores your parents made you do (since it’ll be their last shot before you leave)


Pack everything that you really need for the semester


Pack everything that you think you need for the semester


Load up the car, cramming every bit of stuff that you can in the back


Say goodbye to the fam, this winter break was a blast


You finally get on the road


Hit God forsaken traffic


Still in traffic


Here comes the rage

6 pm

Long honking


Yelling ‘MOVE!!!’ at everyone

6:30 pm

You made it to school; lug everything to your place

6:35 pm

Dump everything on the floor; lay on your bed and text the crew to meet up

6:40 pm

No one is coming until 9pm

6:45 pm

Push all your stuff to one side of your room (by the end of syllabus week, itll be organized)

7 pm

Stock the fridge with all your food (Oh yeah! No more sharing)

7:15 pm

Pig out on all the good snacks; look sadly at fridge

7:30 pm

Have a music battle with your neighbor since they are having a party without you

8 pm

Lay on couch and scroll through social media

8:05 pm

Get text from mom about how much she misses you; go back to social media

8:30 pm

Responds back with a “miss you too”

8:35 pm

Change into something cute

8:50 pm

Walk over to dining area to meet up with friends

9 pm

Hug everyone and head inside


Grab food


Sit together and talk about eachothers’ breaks


Finish eating; lay in a food coma for minute


Everyone heads to your place


You all chill in the living room


Someone looks at the clock and the reality sinks in


Everyone begins to cry because it’s the beginning of another semester and you’re still not a senior


Talk about you guys are all going to try to do better this semester


Laugh at the lie you all told yourselves


Watch Grey's Anatomy (because it’s the best)


You look the clock (damn you should’ve gone to sleep)


Trudge to bed and lay down, closes eyes for what felt like 5 mins


Alarm goes off…it’s the beginning

Good Luck Everyone!

Cover Image Credit: Deb Greengold

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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