11 Types Of AP Teachers Students Had To Deal With This School Year

11 Types Of AP Teachers Students Had To Deal With This School Year

If you haven't had one of these, you're just getting started.

AP exams are right around the corner, but whether you're ready or not, your teachers are either stressing over everything in the world or daydreaming about their summer break. You, bleary eyed at three in the morning cramming in every single event from the Cold War, are left to your own devices. Even when you ask your teacher for AP review material, you can't help but feel a little overwhelmed with the lack of assurance. Sadly, some things never change; here are 11 AP teachers you'll either love or hate.

1. The Joker

The ultimate prankster and joke cracker, this teacher has the ability to make everything sound funny, even the pungent latrines of Versailles. Often, you find yourself stifling your laughter in the middle of a serious power point simply because you can't get the previous joke out of your head.

Especially as the year comes to an end, this teacher finds the best ways to prank co-workers, whether its by barricading their doors with desks or placing Bluetooth speakers in their closest. Best of all, this teacher knows how to brighten your day with a smile at the door when you enter and a wave when you exit.

2. The Deal-breaker

Ah, how tragic. This teacher starts the year off as the nicest soul on Earth, encouraging students to take challenges and do their best. While assignments are minimal, grades are harsh, but this teacher's attitude covers up the low A with sickly sweet comments.

Everything seems to go well and you're ready to exit the class with an A, happy to have skimmed by with a 5.0 to add to your GPA, but at the last minute, you score a 60 on a surprise pop quiz, and down it goes. Guess what? You have an 89.4, and there's no way to bring it up.

3. The 'Harsh But True'

This teacher is the best critic, much like your parents. He or she will bleed your essay red with corrections and leave esteem-crippling comments on your terrible test scores; however, you start to appreciate this teacher for their hard work. Over time, you eventually learn from your mistakes and soar to the top of the class. Sometimes, you can't help but smile when you finally get the "excellent student" comment on your report card.

4. The Carefree Bird

Now, this teacher is the best for spontaneous parties and ice cream socials. Expectations around May are right at the national average, a three, and students sit in class pretending to finish their web quests behind their chrome books.

When exam schedules roll up in two weeks, this teacher is convinced that the material “taught” throughout the year is sufficient to earn a passing grade, and without a fear in the world, this teacher leans back and resumes the fantasy football match. Now, you’re only left with a Princeton review book as your saving grace.

5. The Reassuring One

This teacher can sometimes be annoying with how reassuring they sound when it comes to grades. Expectations are low, perhaps a B, and a good grade on a test would be a 70. Usually, these scores count as a borderline four, but somehow, in this teacher's mind, a three is an acceptable grade, one you should "have nothing to worry about." So, take this teacher with caution, or else you might slip into a hole you can't fix.

6. The #LifeGoals

Style, character, charisma, everything. This teacher is simply life goals. With everything uptight, this teacher has everything planned to perfection, and everyone feels slightly intimidated, which earns tremendous respect. Students are constantly begging for recommendations, and they shower this teacher with gift cards, birthday wishes and quality chocolate just to earn a smile and a thank you.

7. The "Drill Till You Drop"

This teacher often corresponds with the “saint” as you would feel most prepared for the AP exam in that particular class; however, sometimes, assignments consist of reading terribly copied 15th century text the size of the tip of your pen.

The unmistakable blobs of poor quality primary sources and extremely vague lab instructions are your best friends at two in the morning and you’ll never get to miss out on the familiar hand cramps you get after one assignment. Get ready and buckle up because you’re really in for a ride with this one!

8. The Dad

This teacher is that one person who reminds you of a dad...well, because he truly is one. He comes in with a nice tie and dress pants, carrying a black briefcase and a water bottle. During class, this teacher cracks some dad jokes that are sometimes funny, leaving the class in howling with tears or staring in silence. While he can be mostly a private person, he sometimes talks about his kids and how they're growing up... you know the drill.

9. The "Way Too Personal" One

This teacher can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. The moment you walk into class, you learn more about your teacher’s life story than the subject. Often, this teacher will ramble on about the compost bin given as a present or about the good ol’ surfing times. On the other hand, while you can get away with instructional time, at the end of the year, you find yourself vividly remembering these stories the week before the exam and almost nothing about the Nitrogen Cycle or those Titration Curves.

10. The Awkward One

This teacher is like your Grandpa Berry, awkward yet precious. This teacher tries to crack bad jokes but ultimately makes the class laugh at the amount of effort he puts into making his lecture interesting. Often, his PowerPoints consists of memes that only make sense to himself, and other times, his expression when teaching is just another story of its own. While awkward, this teacher manages to win over the hearts of the entire class and, very surprisingly, ends up with the most presents and the most fives on the AP exam.

11. The Supreme

The ultimate teacher of the year, ranking best in almost everything you can think of. Sometimes, this teacher is called the supreme ruler, and you'll do anything to earn the best possible grades. Other times, this teacher is simply the topic of all your conversations. Eventually, you and your friends end up with a fan club group chat in honor of the “the supreme ruler.”

While the class might be the source of all your nightmares, this teacher sticks to the AP rigor expectations and effectively drills everything you must know on the exam into your brain. Don’t be surprised when you see that five on the exam, because all that hard work was worth it. Cheers!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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