College Students As Told By "The Office"

College Students As Told By "The Office"

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If you haven't given The Office a try by now, I don't know what you're doing. The humor may not be for everyone, but the show is all too relatable. My obsession with The Office began last year and since then, I've watched it numerous times. Last week, upon announcing to my roommates I was going to start watching the show (as I do at some point every day)...one of my favorite scenes popped into my head (if you know anything about Meredith and a car debacle, you know what I'm referencing). For 10 minutes, I couldn't stop laughing. I can shamelessly say, The Office has brought me to tears from laughing so hard more times than I can remember.

In honor of Steve Carrell's recent appearance on SNL, as well as my love for all things academic...here's my depiction of different types of college students as displayed by The Office (all in good fun of course).

Every Student At Some Point In Their Academic Career 

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Your Favorite Communication Major Who Feels As If They Need To Remind You Of Their Major Every Day 

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Senioritis At Its Finest 

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Incoming Freshmen Everywhere 

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That One English Major Who Thinks They're The Next J.K. Rowling 

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Philosophy Majors, Am I Right? 

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The Dance Major (Because That's A Thing) 

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Math Majors (And Art Majors Obviously) 

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Post Midterm Feels 

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ME 

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Sisterhood Is The Essence Of All Things Wisdom 

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I Always Hated Chemistry Anyways 

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Freshmen Showing Up To Office Hours For The First Time 

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Alumni Who Wish College Lasted Forever 

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That Fun First Week Of School Called Sorority Recruitment 

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The First Ones In Line At The Dining Hall 

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Graduates Entering The Real World 

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To The Person Feeling Like They're Losing Their Hometown Friends

Don't fret to much, if they are truly your best friends, you aren't gonna lose them.

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When you grow up and leave home to go to college or whatever your plans are after high school, you and your hometown best friends promise to make time for each other. You promise to always get together over breaks and to visit each other if you aren't going to the same schools or living in the same town.

But you realize over time that maybe those promises aren't gonna be kept.

Life gets complicated. School starts to become harder and harder, there are extracurriculars and work, and trying to figure out the rest of your lives; things start to get in the way. Visiting starts to happen less and less, getting together over breaks gets more complicated, you try to stay in contact but the hours in the day seem to get shorter and shorter. There are too many things that you have to accomplish in one day that it's difficult to know if you can even get together.

You start to ask yourself "Am I losing my closest friends?"

And the answer to that question is no, your lives are changing and things are starting to become real but they will always be there. Just because you don't talk all the time or you go a few months without seeing each other, they are still your friends. They will always care and always be there. Don't stress about it too much, they are always gonna be there, it's just that your lives are pulling all of you in different directions and it can get hard to keep up with everyone because you are all so busy.

You are growing up but you're not necessarily growing apart!

If they are truly your best friends they will always be there, and you there for them. As time goes on, your lives will continue to change but you are always gonna be friends. Just know that they are there when you need them, and when you do get to see each other, it's like nothing has changed and you pick up right where you left off. Your friendship is important to all of you. Don't let a little bit of silence or a busy life cause problems. You haven't lost them, trust me, you all are just figuring out life. Don't take it personally when you don't talk for a while.

"Amigas, Cheetahs, Friends for life" — Cheetah Girls

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I've Attended A Private University, A Community College, And A Public University— Community College Was My Favorite

I was wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with community college.

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My college experience was like a story in that it had a beginning, middle, and end. It began when I was just seventeen when I packed up and moved across the country to attend a private university on the East Coast. But before that, all throughout K-12, my academic life was just as busy as anyone else's.

My hometown community was small and people typically knew one another. Students differed obviously in their abilities and their work ethics and of course, some students were destined to attend the most prestigious of Ivy League schools. For the most part, however, the people I interacted with were satisfied going to nearby state schools, even aiming for UC schools like Berkeley and UCLA. The agreement, however, which often went unspoken, was that the local community college known as Cabrillo was not a place anyone wanted to go if they ever wanted to get out of the small town of Santa Cruz, California.

From the time I was in elementary school, Cabrillo College was stigmatized in the worst ways. It was stereotyped as a place for dropouts and underachievers. Growing up and hearing only negative stories about the local community college, I wanted to get as far away as possible. Ultimately, that's what I did.

When I was a high school senior, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I grew up an intensive athlete, but following an injury that ended my athletic career, my focus switched from athletics to academics. I was smart, luckily competitive gymnastics wasn't the only thing I had going for me. I had the grades but school was just school to me. My entire life, I focused on a sport that I thought would take me to the collegiate level and after that ended, I had no idea what I was going to do. When I thought about college, I thought about athletic scholarships, not majors. I didn't know the first thing about what possible academic majors were out there. THAT WAS MY FIRST RED FLAG. That right there should have been my sign, my sign to go to community college.

But instead, the stigma surrounding community college got to my head. That and, my college academic advisor at the time kept pushing private liberal art colleges down my throat. In the end, I think I applied to over ten colleges, many of them being private colleges, with their own separate supplemental questions and an even more expensive application fee. I ended up attending a small private liberal arts college in Washington D.C. because apparently liberal arts schools are meant to help students, select majors, when they're otherwise undecided. Needless to say, the tuition was insanely high, the academics were average, the food was subpar and the housing was overcrowded and lacking. I left after a semester.

Having what I feel was wasted an obscene amount of money at a school I wasn't too fond of, I wanted to spend some time deciding my next move before doing anything else. After taking a semester off of school and focusing on work, I returned to college, this time to Cabrillo.

Maybe the stigma is applicable to some community college students, but the ones I met were dedicated and had every intention of transferring to a university in 2-3 years. At Cabrillo, I joined the Honors Program and the Honors Society Club, but rather than thinking of it as an intensive program, it was, in fact, a tightknit community of intelligent individuals with their own personal goals.

The teachers and mentors I had at community college cared more about my wellbeing than any other school staff member ever has. The friends I made in the Honors Program are some of my best friends to this day. The Honors Program prepared me for a 4-year university better than any high school AP class ever did.

After two years at my community college, I transferred to a four-year. I love my school because I've met people from around the world and become friends with amazing individuals. Not to mention the classes are unique and university college culture is a worthwhile experience. Plus, nothing beats the dining halls when the food is, bomb!

Still, Community College was my favorite. Many of my classes there were harder than my classes at American University and UCLA, the schools I attended prior to and following community college. While the classes were challenging, they prepared me for classes at UCLA. Community college work is often stigmatized as being simple, but my classes during community college were anything but. However, I had help because there truly was a sense of community, in the classroom and beyond. For that reason, I will always be proud of my time as a community college student.

Not to mention, my one semester at American was probably just as expensive as one of my two years at UCLA, or my entire two years at community college.

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