To The College Class I Have To Take Again

To The College Class I Have To Take Again

I don't wanna be here, but let's get this over with — and hope it's the last time we meet.
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To those of you who failed a class, dropped, or lost classes in a transfer, I understand your pain. Retaking a class is one of the worst parts of college. It feels like a waste of time, it puts you behind, and it's the worst sense of deja vu. But for most of us college students, it's inevitable. So here's to that class that we must, unfortunately, meet again.

Dear freshman Biology,

I can't say that I am excited to see you again. The first time I took you, I felt as if I was in high school again. Protons, neutrons, covalent bonds... I get it. You're the foundation for all of the other sciences I have to take in college. I can't say I understand why we have to take all these same classes that we had in high school all over again in college, AND have to pay for them, but I was okay with it the first time around.

But then I transferred. And there you were again, haunting me with periodic table memorization and other terms that at this point, I honestly don't see how they will be beneficial.

You see, I transferred across states, but some of my classes didn't come with me. Like you, freshman Biology.

I don't want to buy your $150 textbook AGAIN.

I don't want to sit in a huge class of freshmen, asking dumb questions, and acting like high school kids.

I don't want to study for you, or pretend like I'm interested in your material, or convince myself that you will actually be helpful in any of my other classes.

It's not even fair.

I am not even retaking you because of anything I did. I didn't fail you. I didn't skip your class due to Netflix all-nighters or hatred of 8 a.m.s. I studied for all of your tests and passed with flying colors. I did your extra credit, showed up for tutoring, and came to all of your classes. So it's not my fault that we must meet again.

This time around, my interest will be lacking, my patience with freshmen will be thin, and my motivation will be little to none.

But I will make it through.

That is what us college students do, we persevere. We get through those boring lectures, we make it through the never ending exams, and we finish with the best grade we can get because ultimately that is what we are here for.

On the bright side, I have had you once before, so this should only be a review.

So here's to this semester, freshman Bio, and here's to hopefully being our last time to meet.

Sincerely,

the student who has to take you again

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2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

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7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

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It is okay to put yourself first and do what's best for you

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It's that time of year again when your days are filled with nothing but class, work, assignments, clubs, extracurricular activities and much more. Your time and brain are going in every possible direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if letting go, actually gave you something back? That's right, I am talking about the word no and all it can do for you.

I too, fall into the trap of doing more is better. Having all my time devoted to activities or work is good for me. Taking nineteen plus credits hours somehow makes me a better person, even smarter person. Well, I hate to break it you, and me, that this thought process is extremely detrimental.

There are no rules that say we must do everything and anything. If there are, they are wrong. And that's why saying no is so important.

Currently, I am taking nineteen credit hours. Soon, I am going to make sure that it is sixteen. After the first week of classes, I discovered I was in a class that would provide me with a wonderful education, but it was not counting towards my major. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that it would be best to say no to this particular class.

Before this year, I would have said, it's okay (even if it wasn't) and muster through the class. To the old me, dropping a class would be like quitting, but I cannot even begin to tell you, and me, how far from the truth that is.

Saying no is brave. Saying no is the right thing to do. Saying no allows you to excel in other areas. Because I have decided to say no, I am opening two more hours in my day. I am relieving myself of work and projects that would add to my already hectic schedule. I am doing what is best for me.

However, there is a part two to this no phenomenon. Continuing with my example, I now have two open hours in my week. The overachiever in me would try to find something to fill it. Maybe another club or activity. Maybe more hours at work or a place to volunteer. And while none of these are bad things to do or have in your life, you are just replacing a time taker with another. When you say no, mean it and don't fill it.

This is your year to say no. Not because you are lazy. Not because you aren't smart enough. Not because you can't. Say no because it is best for you. Say no because it frees you. Say no because you can!

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