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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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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10 Things Economics Majors Want You To Know

For the MOST part, it isn't that bad.


I decided to become an economics major the day I started college — I know, it wasn't easy for me to decide. Well, technically the real reason why I even chose the major to begin with was that I was undecided when applying for colleges. I was, and still am, an indecisive person.

When I saw economics as one of the majors at Stony Brook, I thought it was something I was interested in. After all, it was the "study of markets and the behaviors of people in that same market." Besides psychology and philosophy (the two majors my parents didn't want me to study), I then chose econ. While it wasn't a piece of cake, it wasn't too challenging either. Here are a couple things we all want so desperately to say.

1. It's not all math, don't worry

While so many people tend to think that economics is all math and no fun, I beg to differ. As I mentioned above, it is the "study of the behavior of people in the market," so while it is equations and statistics, it is also observing how people treat prices and products.

2. It's not difficult to understand

I don't understand why parents think that if you're majoring in econ, you're pretty much signing up to fail all your courses. If they actually took the course, they would understand that it isn't the economic theory you need to understand, but how people react to changes in the stock market.

3. Majoring in econ isn't the same thing as majoring in business

When I tell people I'm an econ major, they immediately say, "Oh, business?" And then I squeeze the urge to yell in their face that I said "ECON, ECON, NOT BUSINESS." Then they continue to say they know someone that majors in business, and then ask if I know the person. The annoyances then continue. Econ is the study of markets. Business is the study of being an entrepreneur. Totally two different things. Yes, they are co-dependent, but they are not the SAME thing.

4. Please don't rely on me to do your taxes or calculate tips at a restaurant

I hate it when everyone just stares at me when the check comes. I regret telling people I'm an econ major at that point. Because I don't know how to tell them I don't learn how to do taxes or calculate tips in class, that's what finance majors do. AGAIN, not the same thing.

5. I know most of us are Asian, but don't be racist

Don't come up to me, ask me what my major is, and automatically assume that I'm an international student. It really sucks. I have to then correct them and say I'm not, and then have them walk away.

6. One of the prime motives is because we want to learn game theory

How we play games is vital to econ majors, and it does involve heavy readings of game theory books.

7. We mostly won't do econ during grad school

Because grad school is a time where we want to actually exercise our skills, it isn't a time to dawdle and major in the same things as we did in undergrad. We're actually adults by then, and we most likely will resort to marketing, sales, or advertising agencies. At least I want to work at Instagram HQ someday.

8. Our classes never have curves

Finals season is always tough on us because it just means we gotta put in three times as much work to memorize formulas, theories, and math terms. Have mercy on our souls. Most professors aren't even nice enough to bring up our grades or give us extra credit.

9. The TAs are too busy with work to help us

Even they understand econ isn't a breeze, and as TAs, they can't really explain stuff to us that they don't understand either. In fact, most of the stuff we learn in class are self-taught, usually late nights with Starbucks coffee.

10.  We actually hate business majors

Because they have it easy. And they don't need math. Everything they do is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Not gonna lie, I love being an econ major. But some cons can be too much and it does teach me not to do econ in grad. One thing is for certain though, I love what I do and I don't regret choosing it.

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