45 Things I Would Rather Do Than Go To Second-Semester Classes

45 Things I Would Rather Do Than Go To Second-Semester Classes

Yes, I would much rather brush my teeth then drink orange juice then go to my classes.
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After a long first semester and short breaks that didn't even feel like a break, we're back for round two. Back with new classes, schedules, stress, teachers, and textbooks that cost more than my self-worth.

It blows.

Second Semester is like the equivalent to the least favorite day of the week, Wednesday, except for it's a five-month-long hump day instead of just one day.

Nobody has the motivation to go to classes and teachers are already piling on the work which means I will be procrastinating 'til the cows come home.

So here's a list of things I'd rather do than going to second-semester classes! Enjoy.

1. Brush my teeth and then drink orange juice after

2. Fight all the "new year, new me" people at the gym for an elliptical during peak hours

3. Park in Memorial and walk to East Campus for class in under five minutes

4. Lick the floor of Theta Chi

5. Take a WOS down Port Republic Rd.

6. Rip a stinky one in front of my crush

7. Drop my new phone in the toilet after I went number 2

8. Never eat pizza again

9. Burn my tongue on hot coffee

10. Pull my hamstring at a Latin Dance Party

11. Have my backpack break and all my books fall out

12. Run laps around the stadium

13. Stub my toe

14. Drink bleach

15. Drop my phone on my face while I'm face-timing my crush

16. Listen to Nickelback on repeat

17. Do the Tide Pod challenge

18. Eat a soggy sandwich

19. Take a bath in Newman Lake

20. Shower with socks on

21. Cancel my Netflix subscription

22. Eat dog food

23. Challenge Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to an arm wrestling contest

24. Sit in an ice bath in the snow

25. Always sit behind a tall person at the movie theatre

26. Going off of that, exclusively only watch Nicholas Cage movies

27. Re-live my middle school angst phase (it really was just a phase)

28. Never look at pictures of shirtless Adam Driver ever again

29. Get a pencil stuck up my nose for a day

30. Cry in the club

31. Not talk for a month

32. Sing the National Anthem at the Superbowl, offkey

33. Willingly give up cheese

34. Go dumpster diving for a needle

35. Hop on one foot for an entire day

36. Write an essay about the evolution of the burrito

37. Sort my socks in chronological order of when I got them

38. Eat dirt

39. Blow an entire paycheck on losing lottery tickets

40. Wear 7-inch stilettoes while going hiking

41. Only receive spam emails

42. Catch every red light ever

43. Get yelled at by Gordan Ramsey

44. Never have any privacy in the bathroom

45. Only be able to quote "Shrek" for the rest of my life

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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Calming Music, And 9 Other Study Methods To Prepare College Students For Any Major Exam

When your week gets booked, there are simple ways to help get your mind in the zone.

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Making through the first two months of a new semester without breaking down might be considered an accomplishment for college students. If the homework assignments are not as difficult as you originally believed, there should be nothing to worry about. The one major thing that is still considered a pain among college students is exams. The one- or two-page quizzes or long midterms, upon discovering the exact date and time, will send any student into an emotional frenzy. These techniques will help students to overcome the challenges they will face during these terrifying days.

1. Go for a short walk an hour or two before you have a test

Exercise is a great way to distract the mind from stress and improve your memory. It helps if you are walking to get lunch or you are going to the library or another class with someone. Having a conversation with friends about their major and the exam you have that day is beneficial. Talking not only only keeps you focused, but you might learn something from your friends, and they could possibly have advice for you when it comes to preparing for exams.

2. Take frequent 10-minute breaks

When studying for an important test, it is crucial that you take a break after every 45 minutes to an hour of reading or writing something. Even if you are in a study group, leaving to get food, use the bathroom, or just standing up to stretch is good for your mind and body. Make sure the meals you eat are healthy to increase memory retention. Doing a quick 10-minute workout is another method to strengthen your mind.

3. Put on some calming music or perform other small tasks

While studying alone for a midterm or test, putting on soft music while you are reading will help you to stay calm during your study session. When taking a break, doing other activities like cleaning your dorm room, doing yoga, or meditation are other ways to keep your mind focused. Switching up your methods or moving to a place where you can study without any distractions is a priority to achieving success.

4. Watch a Netflix documentary related to the subject

Although television is a distraction from your studies, it might be useful to search on Netflix for an interesting documentary about the exam topic. This is especially great if you are majoring in business, health science, criminal justice, or history. You will hear about all the information related to your test within a few hours. Unlike a lecture, you can pause and leave to get a snack or go to the bathroom without missing anything. As a bonus, if you have to write an essay, you can mention the documentary and reference some facts and other useful information you learned.

5. Make flashcards

One of the best ways to help retain information fast is creating flashcards. Either buy the cards yourself or use a study app. Fill the cards with key terms, facts, essay topic ideas, famous quotes, math problems, or science formulas as something to review (or practice with friends) while studying for an exam.

6. Try making a mind map

If you are having difficulty organizing and summarizing ideas that you have for a topic you are studying, creating a mind map is a unique strategy. Mind maps can be created on paper or by using a computer. This is a simple way to understand material that will be on an exam. Include visuals, words, and ideas, which may help you to remember information.

7. Create a study schedule

During the weeks that students are having midterms, it is challenging trying to balance school and social life. One solution is to make a schedule dedicated to studying for your exams. Mark down on a calendar (or your phone) the times that you have free to study. Putting at least two hours of work a day to prepare for exams will increase your chances of success.

8. Find a secluded place for studying

Another great way to make sure you are retaining the information you are studying is finding a quiet and comfortable area for reading and writing. By relocating yourself to a location you feel relaxed in, the chances of doing better on exams will increase. Make sure that the place is clear of any distractions like televisions, electronic devices (unless you need to use a computer), and loud noises. Some of the best spots can be your dorm room or a reserved spot in the library.

9. Do practice exams

If you want to get in some extra practice for an exam, trying looking on websites or use apps that have quizzes related to your test. Find questions with multiple choice, true or false, short answer, or math problems. Checking your textbook for examples is another good option. This will prepare you for any possible questions that you might see on your exam.

10. Review exam material before going to sleep

When studying for an important exam, try to get some reading done around one or two hours before going to sleep each night. Reading over material or doing some practice questions before going to bed will help you retain information. This is a method known as sleep-learning, and it is effective for college students. While your body is recovering, the brain is processing information during sleep, which means that everything you learned will be stored in your long-term memory.

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