The Reality Is, Your Freshman Year Of College Will Be Insanely Hard

The Reality Is, Your Freshman Year Of College Will Be Insanely Hard

Yet you'll have the most incredible time.
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Parties, new friendships, pursuing your dreams, doesn't it sound fantastic? Especially if you attend what everyone considers to be a "top-tier" university, there is absolutely nothing that could be wrong in your life. Putting that stigma around freshman year of college is exactly what's wrong with this whole thing. You spend all of high school thinking that if you can just make it to college, all of your problems will vanish.

Well, I'm here to tell you that that is completely and utterly false.

Freshman year has been the most challenging and exhausting time of my life.

You don't listen when they tell you that college is hard. You brush it off thinking you can handle it. I mean, you got an incredible GPA and ACT score, so obviously, these people are just inferior to you. These are some of the thoughts I had coming to TCU.

Just a few weeks in, God began to wreck my life in ways I never thought possible. I was failing Biology and Chemistry within the second week of school and my dreams of being a dentist were slipping through my fingers. You come to college with this idea of what you want to do with your life and it just gets completely flipped upside down.

The harsh reality of college is that you probably won't end up majoring in what you came to college with. I cannot even begin to explain the number of people that told me that being a Biology major was insanely hard. I thought I was above everybody when I came in. I got knocked down a few pegs very quickly when I received a 4% on my first Chemistry quiz. Yes, you read that right. 4%.

Yet, I was so focused on my failure in science that I didn't realize I was excelling in my Communications class. As the semester continued, I realized that science was not getting any easier and ended up dropping Chemistry and Biology. Saying goodbye to my childhood dream of dentistry was tough but now I can happily say that I am a Communications major and Journalism minor with absolutely no regrets. I am so much happier now, knowing that I will be taking classes that I love and excel in.

Fortunately, they are right when they say you will meet your best friends in college. I have been surrounded by so much love and support over these past few months as I've dealt with changing my major a few times and failing/dropping my science classes. The people that tell you college is hard, they are right.

Although, the people that tell you college will be the best years of your life, yeah, they're right too.

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22 Seriously Hilarious Tweets About Being A Big Or Little In A Sorority

We really are obsessed with each other.
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We have all heard the stereotypes about sorority girls and how they are all obsessed with their littles and bigs. I'm just here to let everyone know those stereotypes are true and here are some of the funniest tweets about it.

1. We need very little prompting to talk about it

2. Getting a Big/Little is a holiday

3. Seriously, very little prompting

4. When you know, you know

5. Family is very important to us

6. I love my big a lot, but I also really do love Big Lots

7. Love is out there for us

8. We eat, sleep, and breath this stuff

9. One ~BIG~ happy family

10. I may actually be a headache for my big

11. Not to be dramatic, but...

12. She outweighs the end of the world in importance, sorry not sorry

13. We are an acquired taste for some

14. It's for life

15. I really bought her gifts, months in advance

16. Don't interrupt me

17. We're serious about the "for life" thing

18. Mock us if you must

19. A little bit too what, white boy?

20. I want Little Caesars but I want to eat it with my little

21. It's how we find out if there are others like us in the area

22. It's as important as my name AJ, let me live

I love my big, I love my little, and I'm not even a little sorry.

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Dear Universities, Please Hire Good Professors

I didn't sign up for tens of thousands dollars in student loans to teach myself in several courses.

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Have you ever had that one professor who completely ruined a class for you? Whether it was because they have zero teaching skills, clearly didn't want to be there or spoke almost no English, they made life hell for you. The sad thing is that I've had way too many of these cases and I'm only a sophomore in college.

The whole point of attending university is being taught by experts in your field, who will take extra time of their day to help you understand difficult concepts, thoroughly explain during their lectures and transform you into successful professionals one day. Getting a degree is not an easy task; students have heavy course loads to juggle with extracurriculars and on-campus jobs as well. We rely on professors to teach us so that we can do the work easily.

I did not sign up to be tens of thousands of dollars in debt from student loans so that researchers, who have never taught a day in their life, are forced to lecture me on cell biology because the university requires them to be professors to do research here.

Any grade school teacher will say that they went into this profession because they love TEACHING. They spend time on making lesson plans and working out ways to explain one concept five different times for students who might not get it the first time around, even if it's teaching introductory biology to 7th graders when they have a master's degree in that field. It should be the same way with college professors. If you don't have an education degree, you shouldn't be teaching. Plain and simple. I want to love a class because my professor makes it interesting and clearly loves what they're doing, not because they're just here to do research. We can't learn well just by teaching ourselves a difficult course of brand new material.

Now, before you argue with me that immigrants have every right to teach here, I'm going to stop you. I'm the child of immigrants, so I'm all for them to work here. The difference is that my parents worked their butts off to become fluent enough in English to become successful in their jobs. If you are going to teach at an American university in English, please for crying out loud, be able to speak and understand the language well enough to communicate with students properly. I don't care if you have an accent, I just want my questions understood and answered in a way I can comprehend.

What happened to putting the students, on whom pays this institution millions intuition, first? I can't become a successful Physician Assistant without the professors who put forth 110% effort into making sure I understand the material and made me love my major. They are the ones who deserve those jobs, not some fancy Ivy League researcher who thinks they're above public state university students. The ones who will meet with you outside of office hours to go over exams, come to your exam review sessions and stay after with you to discuss questions, even though it's late and they have a kid at home, are the kind of people that should be hired over others.

So dear American universities,

Give me what I'm paying for.

Sincerely,

An angry college student who will pay tuition for your graduate school as well.

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