Kennesaw State Is A Great School, But These 7 Things Need To Change, Like, NOW

Kennesaw State Is A Great School, But These 7 Things Need To Change, Like, NOW

KSU? More like KS-boo.


Kennesaw State Univiersity is a great school, don't get me wrong.

I built my life around this school and I've grown to love this town and I can eventually see myself staying after college. However, every college has it's flaws. Kennesaw is a great place to go, but once the first semester jitters wear off, you'll feel as if you're in high school again with the 'I'm ready to graduate' attitude.

This is for the upcoming freshman out there.

1. Parking

There are theoretically 15 parking lots on campus and 12 of the 15 are faculty/staff and 1 is strictly freshman, the other two are for students. In those lots, they leave about 10 or less spaces for visitors. Of course you'll always get a ticket no matter where you park.

2. Sorority Housing

In Kennesaw it's a law where 5 or more girls living in a house together is considered a brothel, so sororities don't get a cute house to share.

3. Food

Dining on campus isn't as flashy as it sounds. Yes, the Commons is a big buffet full of different dining options. Those options are there every day and you'll be sick of it within less than a month. The three restaurants apply as well.

4. Not as much security

KSU has had cases of rape, assault, robbery, etc. all go unreported. There aren't enough campus police to go around.

5. Housing Options

There are 4 different places to live for upcoming freshman, but when you become a sophomore, you can either move off campus or live in the Austin Residence Complex, which isn't much. It looks nice, but it's too expensive for its worth.

6. WiFi

The campus WiFi isn't so bad on campus, but in the housing, it goes out once a week and during the summer time, it goes out about two or three times a week.

7. Overpopulation

Good luck at registration.

Like I said, Kennesaw is a great school but going on my third year of being here, some things are kind of ridiculous for a city and a college.

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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.

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I Want To Be Hopeful About The Weinstein Trial, But I Can’t Help Being Cynical

What if this is "just another rape trial"?


Please read my subheadline again.

Did you read it? Actually, read it? To the point where your internal narrator voice spoke every word?

It kills me to write a phrase like "just another rape trial".

It feels wrong because it is wrong.

So is the way our society perceives sexual violence.

I'm a member of the #MeToo movement and a performance student looking for ways I can continue to not only process my own experiences but help explore to the complex issue of sexual assault awareness. I want to be hopeful that the media involvement, the activism and the sheer size of the dialogue will make a difference.

Considering Harvey Weinstein's actions, in particular, I hope he serves the full life sentence the new charges against him justify.

But after examples like the Brock Turner case, it feels all too easy to lose hope.

I find myself full of questions, and none of them good.

What if #MeToo somehow provides a means to argue that the trial is unfair? What if the fact that Weinstein is rich and famous just means he can get off the hook, despite the fact that the over 80 allegations against him appear damning?

What will it mean if he faces heavily reduced consequences for his reprehensible actions?

And before you start to say, "there's NO WAY that could happen..."

May I remind you what many Democrats were saying a year and a half ago? And may I remind you who is sitting in the White House today (or how many sexual misconduct allegations are currently against him)?

Saying something can't happen doesn't mean it can't happen. It just means we don't want to think about it happening.

We can and should stay hopeful. We can and should stay strong.

We also should be wary of tricks lawyers have up their sleeves and the things money can do in the American legal system. We should be concerned with #MeToo turning into a fad instead of a continuous opportunity to speak up and speak out.

We have to think about Weinstein, despite the new indictment and ongoing debate for sexual assault awareness, not facing the consequences of his actions fully or at all, even if we don't want to.

Because then we have to think about what to do next.

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